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OnQ: American Idol finalist gives benefit concerts

Evanston Review - Evanston, IL, USA - Brooke Barrettsmith, a 2006 "American Idol" finalist, will perform in concert at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 7 at St. Mary Parish Center, 236 U.S. Highway 45 in Indian Creek, Ill. Proceeds will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in Chicago. Barrettsmith's uncle, H. Sraten Barrettsmith, is a five-year pancreatic cancer survivor. Tickets are $20 each, or three for $50, and are available online at Tickets are free for pancreatic cancer survivors, as well as active-duty military personnel.

Women honored

The B'nai B'rith International Midwest Region will honor eight Chicago Jewish women at a gala dinner beginning with a reception featuring keynote speaker Henry Winkler at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a program June 5 at The Palmer House, 17 N. Monroe St. in Chicago. Tickets are $250.

Honors dinner

Northbrook Congregation Ezra Habonim will honor Pam Schack and Dr. Jeffrey Waitzman, both of Northbrook, at its annual tribute dinner dance and silent auction at 6 p.m. June 5 at Mission Hills Country Club, 1677 Mission Hills road in Northbrook. The evening will feature the Big Band Sound of Deerfield, led by Bob Gand along with a silent auction of goods and services to take place throughout the evening. Tickets are $95.

Siskel gala

The Gene Siskel Film Center gala will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 5 at The Four Seasons, 120 E. Delaware Pl. in Chicago. Alan Arkin will be the recipient of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. Tickets are $400.

Summer Ball

The Woman's Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago hosts its 59th annual Summer Ball at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The black-tie gala begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. Proceeds will support the after-school programs and services offered at the 31 Boys and Girls Club locations throughout the Chicago area. Tickets start at $600 per person.

Home and Garden

Heartland Alliance will hold the 15th annual Celebration of Home and Garden, a tour of the Midwest's most architecturally significant homes and gardens at 10 a.m. June 7 in southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana. Tickets are $100 each and are available online at if purchased prior to June 5; or $125 at the event. A preview party will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 26 in New Buffalo, Mich.

Below the Belt

The Women's Health Foundation will present "Below the Belt: Fighting for Women's Pelvic Health" with an exclusive VIP reception and private acoustic set with the Indigo Girls from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and a 45th anniversary celebration from 8 to 10 p.m. June 7 at 632 W. Denning Place in Chicago. The evening will feature food, cocktails, an awards presentation and music by The Play Doctors. Tickets are $500 each for the Indigo Girls private acoustic set and anniversary celebration; $300 each for the anniversary celebration and acknowledgment in the program book; or $150 each for the anniversary celebration.

Pedal for Wishes

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® will host its fourth annual Pedal for Wishes beginning at 6:15 a.m. June 7 at the Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, 125 Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. The day will feature a 35-mile and 10-mile bike ride through Chicago's Cook County Forest Preserve plus a Children's Pedal Parade. Families may come early and decorate children's bicycles, tricycles, wheel chairs, strollers and big wheels at the Make-A-Wish Decoration Creation Station before the parade begins. There will also be complimentary food and music. The cost is $35 for general admission and $10 for children under 10. Wish Children may ride free.

Family Network

The Family Network annual spring benefit "A Beautiful Pairing" will take place at 6 p.m. June 7 at Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. The wine and food tasting event honoring Mayor Michael Belsky will also feature a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $100 each.


Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care in Chicago hosts their 30th Anniversary Celebration at 6 p.m. June 7 at The Casino in Chicago. Starting with cocktails, the event will feature silent and live auctions, as well as a dinner awards presentation to honoree Sally Downey, formerly of Winnetka, who was board chairman of Horizon from 1993 to 1998. Proceeds will benefit the All About Kids Program, Horizon's pediatric palliative-care program. Tickets are $300, $150 for guests under 40.

Sing for the cure

Tickets are on sale for the Northbrook Park District's Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope, starring the Y'All Come Choir, at 7:30 p.m. June 7 and 3 p.m. June 8 at the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave. in Northbrook. In connection with the Chicago Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Y'All Come Choir will perform a musical score that spreads a message of hope for everyone affected by breast cancer. Melissa Forman of WLIT Radio will narrate the Saturday performance and Kathy O'Malley of the Kathy and Judy Show on WGN Radio will narrate Sunday. Carl Meyer, orchestra director at Glenbrook North and South High Schools will conduct a volunteer orchestra, and long-time choir accompanist, Bev Sheridan will serve as pianist. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $25 and include admission to a reception after the performance.

CareCenter challenge

Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter will hold its second annual CareCenter 5K Challenge at 8:30 a.m. (Fun Run for Kids will begin at 9:30 a.m.) June 8 at 2050 Claire Court in Glenview. Advance registration fees are $20 per adult and $10 per child age 14 and under. Day-of-race registration opening at 7:30 p.m. will be $25 for adult and $10 for child. To register visit

Father of the Year

The American Diabetes Association will hold its Father of the Year 2008 awards dinner beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner and program at 7 p.m. June 12 at Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie in Chicago. Tickets are $225.

Jewelry showing

The Sue Duncan Children's Centerj Foundation Board is presenting a showing of Italian jewelry by Kimberly Pucci from 6 to 9 p.m. June 12 at a private home in Winnetka.

Wings of Hope

The American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation will hold the first annual Wings of Hope benefit from 7 p.m. to noon June 13 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. in Chicago. The event will feature live entertainment, dancing, silent auction and raffle items, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an award presentation. Tickets are $100. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $200 which include a private cocktail reception at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet with celebrity spokesperson and start of CBS' The Bold and The Beautiful, Hunter Tylo.

City summer

Friends of Prentice will hold the Summer in the City Gala at 6 p.m. June 14 in the Grand Ballroom of Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. in Chicago. The black-tie event will feature cocktails and a silent auction, and dinner and dancing to the sounds of Lynne Jordan and the Shivers. Tickets are $500.

Hospitals' Gala

The 36th annual Auxiliary of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Hospitals' Gala 2008 "An International Affair" will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 14 at the Chicago Hilton Ave. The evening will feature dining, entertainment, a live auction, silent auction and a Heads and Tails Game. Tickets are $325 each. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Alzheimer's Cognitive and Memory Disorders at Glenbrook Hospital.

Ragdale party

The Friends of Ragdale will hold its Heart and Soul benefit for Ragdale at 6 p.m. June 14 at 1230 N. Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. The event will feature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and an appearance by Ragdale author Audrey Niffenegger. Tickets are $150 per person before May 31 and $175 after.

Gala at Navy Pier

The Friends of Prentice organization, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, host their 22nd annual gala, "Summer in the City," at 6 p.m. June 14 in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. The event begins with cocktails and a silent auction, then dinner and dancing to the sounds of Lynne Jordan and The Shivers.

Links Pro Am

The second annual Links Pro Am Golf Tournament will take place beginning with registration at 9 a.m., a tee-off at 12:30 p.m. and a cocktail party at 6 p.m. June 16, at the Glen View Club, 100 Gold Road in Golf. The day will feature professional golfer and PGA champion Jeff Sluman and Northwestern University Golf Coach Pat Goss who will lead a golf clinic. There will also be an exhibition and auction. Tickets are $1,000 per person or $4,000 per foursome. For $150, participants can partake in daytime activities including tennis, bridge and mahjongg as well as the cocktail reception, exhibition and auction.

Bucks for Babies

The Associate Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) hosts a fund-raiser event, Bucks for Babies, from 6 to 8 p.m. June 19 at Texas de Brazil, 51 E. Ohio St. in Chicago. The event will feature complimentary cocktails and appetizers, along with a raffle and an opportunity to learn more about the board and its mission. All proceeds will benefit pediatric research at ENH. Tickets are $10 for board members, $15 for nonmembers.

Designer Preview

The annual Nordstrom Designer Preview, a tented runway show of the top American and European fall collections, will take place at 6 p.m. June 24 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Individual tickets start at $150; the reservation deadline is June 18. Proceeds will benefit the Costume Council of the Chicago Historical Society.

Silver Wicket

The Winnetka Woman's Club Silver Wicket Centennial Celebration will feature the tenth annual Silver Wicket Croquet Tournament and Lawn Party from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 on the Winnetka Green at Oak and Maple Avenues. The afternoon will include croquet and games, a sit down dinner and the chance to peruse vintage cars. Tickets are $100.

Piven benefit

The annual Piven Theatre Workshop benefit will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. June 28 at Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St. in Chicago. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and an auction and raffle. Guests must be 21 and older. Tickets are $150. Capacity is limited.

Tickets for Hope has launched its "Tickets for Hope" program that will donate five percent of all ticket sales to the Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation. For an entire year will continue to donate five percent of all sales to the foundation for an entire year. Event goers can support breast cancer research by purchasing tickets Chicago Bears ticket, Bulls tickets, Hannah Montana tickets, or any of the other hundreds of events tickets.

The beauty part

The Evanston-based Beauty for the Brave is holding a fund-raiser to support American troops, particularly the returning wounded. They are asking women to donate the cost of their favorite beauty treats to the benefit. The cost of a facial massage, new lipstick, a manicure, etc. can be donated to the cause; one hundred percent of which will go to an organization called Fisher House which builds comfortable homes near military hospitals where the families of service men and women can stay for free until their family member is treated and released.


AmazingCosmetics has created a new product called "Amazing Woman" with 100 percent of the net proceeds donated to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. The "Amazing Woman" kit will include the following: Suede Collection compact in Shimmer; Finishing Touches lipstick in Soft Plum; Finishing Touches lip liner in Soft Plum; eye shadow brush and an exclusive Amazing Cosmetics makeup bag. The kit will sell at $39 in Ulta stores nationwide and on AmazingCosmetics. com. The product value is $83 and buyers will get the makeup bag as a bonus.

At risk kids

Hadassah North Shore Chapter is taking on a new Youth Alilyah Village project to renovate an existing dorm-style building into a home for 12 to 15 children at risk. These teens will live with trained and experienced married counselors and their children. All live together as a large family with shared chores, discipline and curfews.
Source : Originally Published Evanston Review - Evanston, IL, USA, Jun 5, 2008
Celebrities : Brooke Barrettsmith
Categories : Reality shows, Entertainment news, American Idol, Celebrity Appearances
Posted 6/5/2008 12:06:18 AM | Permalink
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