Help one of these fundraisers this holiday season

Toasting for a Cause

The eighth annual Toasting for a Cause, a celebration of food and wine, will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Naperville.

It will feature a gourmet five-course meal, paired with five wines from Whitehall Lane Winery in California. Keith Jones from Sayre & Jones Auctioneers will again be the auctioneer for the event. Sign up at The night benefits Naperville CARES, 618 W. 5th Ave., Suite B, Naperville.

Rally for Ryan

NBA All-Star Bill Cartwright and NFL alumni will highlight the Rally for Ryan gala from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 16 at White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Club Drive, Naperville.

Ryan Karlin , 11, of Naperville, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in April 2008. The fundraiser will raise awareness and funds for research for the genetic disease that affects 1 in 3,500 boys. There is no cure; all DMD kids die in their late teens or early 20s.

This year’s event will be emceed by CLTV’s Dolly McCarthy and will feature live music from AKA. There is a silent auction, a live auction hosted by Joel Langer and a chance to win one of two sets of 10 Skybox seats to a Chicago Blackhawks game.

Tickets are $125 and are available at

Aging Gracefully benefit

The DuPage Senior Citizens Council is hosting its fourth annual Aging Gracefully Wine Tasting and Benefit Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 22 at Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn.

Guests can bid on items in both live and silent auctions, including a trip for two to Napa Valley. Tickets are $75 s person, and a variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Rick Pesavento at 630-620-0804 or visit

Pennies for Pies

The Naperville Park District’s preschool program continues its seventh annual Pennies for Pies drive through Friday to benefit Naperville’s Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. Last year’s cash donations enabled preschoolers to donate 130 pies.

The pies will support Loaves & Fishes Help Other People Eat initiative, which aims to provide 2,000 turkey dinners for area families.

Donations will be accepted at the following locations through Friday:

Park District administration building, 320 W. Jackson Ave. , 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

95th Street Center, 2244 W. 95th St., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

March of Dimes

The Suburban Signature Chefs Auction, presented by Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, will benefit the Northeast Illinois Division of the March of Dimes.

The festivities get underway at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bolingbrook Golf Club with a one-hour cocktail and food sampling reception.

Tickets are $75 in advance for individuals and $750 for a host table.

Funds raised support the March of Dimes “Saving babies, together” campaign — a nationwide initiative to reduce low birth weight, infant mortality and prematurity.

For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 815-600-8088.

Winter clothing drive

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise will continue its annual coat drive through Dec. 6.

Boxes placed around the community are available for donations of coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens. All sizes, infant through adult, are accepted, although the need is great for men’s and women’s size XL, 2XL and 3XL.

Benefitting organizations for the 2013 Winter Clothing Drive are Hesed House, DuPage PADS and Sharing Connections. Additionally, Naperville School District 203 receives winter clothing for students in need.

For a list of Downtown Naperville Alliance businesses participating with collection boxes, visit The main collection points are both Fair Oaks Ford locations in Naperville.

Contact Mike Crossett at 630-780-1616 to learn more.

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