Kenilworth Union Church raised $75,000 for a diverse group of benevolence agencies at its 15th annual benefit, Community Ties, held May 16 at the Kenilworth Club in Kenilworth.
More than 200 guests dressed in western wear arrived through an entrance adorned with hay bales, bandanas and cowboy boots. Inside, they enjoyed traditional cowboy fare and drink, such as pigs-in-a-blanket and sarsaparillas. During the cocktail hour, a wine cork raffle was held and sold out in thirty minutes.
Each dining table held a cowboy hat centerpiece filled with day-to-day items that were later delivered to the featured agencies: Bethel New Life, Christopher House, the Night Ministry and the Samaritan Counseling Center. Dinner was catered by Smoque BBQ, and servers provided by That Special Event.
Following dinner a live auction featured a sailing trip on Lake Michigan, original artwork, and travel packages in Italy or Mexico. A paddle-raise auction offered an additional opportunity to give to the agencies.
“It warms my heart to see the level of enthusiasm and generosity toward the benevolence agencies that fosters a culture of service in our church community,” said Elza Garnett, event chairman.
Opportunities to volunteer or donate to supported agencies are available year-round through Kenilworth Union Church. All funded agencies support education and child-centered services, emergency services, health care, including mental health or community services primarily in the Chicago area.
For more information, call (847) 251-4272 or see kuc.org.