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Northern Illinois Food Bank women's council sets afternoon tea party fundraiser

GENEVA – The Executive Women’s Council of the Northern Illinois Food Bank will host its fourth annual “A Cup of Hope: A Garden Tea to Solve Hunger” from
1:30 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Embassy Suites Naperville, 1823 Abriter Court, Naperville, the organization announced in a news release.

The event will gather gardeners and food bank supporters for an afternoon tea party with appetizers, a silent auction and raffle prizes, according to the release.
The event will include a presentation by Advanced Master Gardener and amateur beekeeper Jill Kilhefner about the importance of bees and other pollinators.

Last year, the event raised more than $82,000, allowing the Northern Illinois Food Bank, based in Geneva, to buy $656,000 in groceries. Each dollar donated allows the food bank to buy $8 worth of groceries. The effort helped combat childhood hunger across 13 counties, which include DeKalb, Kane, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Will and Kendall.

The Executive Women’s Council, which hosts events to benefit the food bank, seeks to engage more women in the issue of hunger and in donating time, food and funds through outreach and fundraising initiatives.

“The event has grown since its inception just four short years ago, and we look forward to it being even more successful this year,” Executive Women’s Council member Gail Hernly said in the release.

Tickets are $100, $50 of which is tax-deductible. Other levels of ticket sales include raffle tickets, sponsorships, tables and advertising. Supporters also can make a straight donation to the event without attending, according to www.SolveHungerToday.org/ACupofHope.

To buy tickets by mail, send a check to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to Kate Thomas, Attn: A Cup of Hope, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134.

For information, email Thomas at kthomas@northernilfoodbank.org or call
630-443-6910, ext. 117.

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