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THE MAGIC CARNEVALE: A CELEBRATION OF HOPE Benefit Gala

Friday  APRIL 11, 2014
Friday APRIL 11, 2014

The Magic Carnevale:  A Celebration of Hope

In the spirit of the Venetian festival of the same name, this year's annual benefit gala in support of Family Shelter Service will take place at 6:30 pm on Friday April 11th at The Abbington,  Route 53 & Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn., IL.  Black tie optional.

Unmasking domestic violence and offering help and hope to those in need is the focus of Family Shelter Service’s  benefit gala for 2014..  "This year's theme reinforces the concept of the 'mask' that our clients affected by domestic violence must don each day in order to survive on a daily basis," said Family Shelter Service Executive Director Judie Caribeaux. "They are putting on the face of the happy mom and the competent worker — what is expected of them  — while underneath they wrestle with the torment of being in an abusive relationship where oftentimes leaving can be more dangerous than staying."

"The gala is Family Shelter's largest fundraiser of the year," Caribeaux continued, "and is such a critical funding source.  Especially since we are seeing heightened demand this year for counseling and shelter, and even our hotline calls have increased significantly."

The Magic Carnevale:  A Celebration of Hope  will feature live music during cocktails/hors d’oeuvres,  a multi-course dinner and a  4 hour open bar.

Entertainment includes dancing to live music after dinner and a large format presentation by expressionist speed painter, Elliot From of Art Beat Live (artbeatlive.com)  He was recently featured on television on ABC‘s Windy City Live.  

Silent Auction and Live Auction - Guests have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of trips, getaways, event tickets, sports memorabilia,  specially themed packages and gift baskets as well as other unique items and activities.

“Winner’s Choice Raffle” -  You don’t have to be the highest bidder to win! YOU CHOOSE   either   a $2,000 cash prize   OR   a fabulous trip – a high flying, wine sipping  “Sip & Soar Through Napa Valley”  resort and spa stay   or  an overseas trip to an exotic, luxurious  “Rich Coast Getaway”  with private beach and bungalow.  (Visit our Facebook page for trip details.)  Raffle tickets are $30 each or 4 for $100.    Only a limited number of tickets will be sold. 

Special Guests in attendance include several members of the NFL Retired Players Association, who advocate against bullying and violence.

Please Purchase gala and/or  raffle tickets now,  donate funds,  become a sponsor or supply an auction item, by visiting www.familyshelterservice.org  or call Karen Walsh, Special Event & Corporate Relations Coordinator at (630)221-8290  ext 7110.  Email: gala@familyshelterservice.net

Kindly reply by April 2, 2014.

What If there was no one to help, nowhere for our DuPage County neighbors to go?  Domestic battery is the number one crime in Illinois.  Proceeds from this event benefit Family Shelter Service, offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.  Since 1976, Family Shelter has provided thousands of  local  families with shelter, counseling and court advocacy.  Your contribution will ensure that all victims have access to programs and services that will help them rebuild their lives and break the cycle of domestic violence in order to provide safety for themselves, their families and future generations.

Please  “LIKE”  us on Facebook and learn more about Family Shelter Service, our programs, services and events. 

http://https//www.facebook.com/FamilyShelterService

Thank you.

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