DuPage Foundation’s Annual Benefit

By HM staff

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz said it best: “There’s no place like home,” and this November, DuPage Foundation is bringing the party to homes across DuPage County to virtually celebrate another year of stellar community impact through its Annual Benefit: A Starry Night in DuPage. This year’s Benefit, set for Saturday, November 13, is being offered in a virtual hybrid format, with both fully-remote and small in-person watch party options available, depending on individuals’ preferences. Participants will tune into a brief program and live paddle raise beginning at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will add to the fun, featuring an array of unique items and experiences. Interested bidders can view the collection and register to bid at their WEBSITE beginning October 30. “As DuPage Foundation’s premier event, our Annual Benefit raises critical funding in support of our operations and programs so we can continue raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County,” said Dave McGowan, DuPage Foundation president & CEO. Among the selection of catered cuisine, the Foundation is offering a DuPage Delights Box for two, filled with curated food and wine from local businesses. Participants hosting home watch parties for up to 10 guests can choose from an appetizer, dessert, and wine package or a four-course meal with wine. All of these selections will be delivered to participating homes before the event program begins. This year, DuPage Foundation is celebrating its 35th anniversary as DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has distributed nearly 9,000 grants totaling more than $60 million to approximately 1,500 not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. In 1993, the late Cleve Carney, a Foundation trustee emeritus and past board chair, began a dinner party at a local restaurant as a fundraiser for the organization. The successes of those small dinner parties spurred into the large-scale annual themed event that has raised millions of dollars for the Foundation’s operations and grantmaking programs. “If you are looking to brighten up a cold November evening or haven’t yet been introduced to the Foundation, joining us for the Benefit is a great way to learn about the impact we have on our local communities,” added McGowan. “Like stars in the sky, the Foundation shines brighter with the ongoing support of our donors and community partners wishing to make a difference for DuPage through coordinated impact. We are extremely fortunate for the continued generosity bestowed upon the Foundation over the last 35 years.”

Tickets start at $100 per device. For event information and ways to participate, visit www.dupagefoundation.org/StarryNight

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