Little Friends 37th Annual Benefit Auction
Thank You to our Sponsors
Saturday, March 2, 2013
About the Event
Since its inception in 1976, the Benefit Auction has served as one of the agency's largest annual fundraisers. One of the longest-running auctions in the area, this much loved community event is a critical artery of support for the unique services our agency provides to more than 800 children and adults each year.
Little Friends will host its 37th Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday,
March 2, 2013, at the Hilton Lisle-Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive.
This year's event will be a lovely
evening inspired by the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. So
wear your most fabulous little black dress,
and accessorize with pearls and long gloves. You and your friends will be treated to a delightful night full of lovely treats, music to dance by, and
a little taste of Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Festivities will include cocktails, dinner, raffles, silent auction and a rousing live auction. Guests will also enjoy dancing and entertainment. Premiere seating tickets, dinner and auction tickets, and auction only tickets can be purchased.
6:00 PM - Silent Auction Preview and Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Live Auction Begins
9:30 PM - Entertainment
10:00 PM - Silent Auction Closes
Little Friends has set aside a block of rooms for Saturday at a special rate of $79, available through February 8th. Please make your room reservation by calling the Hilton at (630) 505-0900, and mention 'CLTF' to take advantage of this offer. Click here for more information about reserving a room.
The success of each Little Friends special event relies heavily upon the generosity of local businesses through corporate sponsorship. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Through our unique sponsorships, your company will be able to choose a level of involvement that will meet your business needs and budget considerations, and generate goodwill by directly impacting lives within your community.
For information about sponsoring this event, please contact:
Director of Marketing, PR, Community Relations
Phone: (630) 281-1815
To download a Volunteer Opportunities Flyer, please click here.
For information about volunteering at this event, please contact:
Manager of Special Events and Volunteers
Phone: (630) 355-6533
There are a number of ways that you can get involved with this year's event, a few suggestions are listed below. If you have questions about donating items for this year's auction, please contact:
Renee Miklosik at (630) 355-6533 or email@example.com
1. Donate an Item for Auction Packages: A great way to help us reach our goal is by donating an item that can be included in the evening's Silent or Live Auctions. Below is a list of items that have been in demand at previous auctions.
Lunch with a local celebrity, sports figure
Sporting event tickets/box seats (Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers) Experiences (hot air balloons, day trips)
Catered dinner in your home
Athletic club memberships
Movie passes for a year
Tickets to the theater or cultural events
Limo for an evening
iPods, iPads or similar technology and accessories
Golf Packages/Foursome of Golf
Condo or Cabin
Airline Miles or Airfare
2. Donate an Item for the Gift Basket Raffle: One of the most popular features of this annual event is the gift basket raffle. These baskets are valued at $150-$200 and are raffled off, rather than auctioned. The Auction Committee has identified themes for this year's baskets and are asking for items as follows:
Coffee Chocolate Lovers Basket
Suggested Items: K-Cups and Rack for Keurig Coffee Maker, Handmade or some unique mugs, Assorted fine chocolates, Chocolate Cookbook
Suggested Items: Gift Card to a Spa or Salon, Luxury Robe, Upscale cosmetic items such as Shampoos & Conditioners, Hair Care Products (mouse, hair spray, etc...)OPI nail products, pedicure supplies.
Suggested Items: Top Shelf bottles of Vodka, Pre-Made Martini Mixers, Martini Glasses, Bar Accessories (shaker, olives, pearl onions, olive picks, etc...) Black leather or brushed silver tray.
BBQ Lovers Basket
Suggested Items: Gift card for a Meat Market, Grilling Tools, Meat Thermometer, Grill Light, BBQ Cookbook, Gourmet BBQ sauces, Marinades, Spice Rubs, Applewood or Mesquite Wood Chips, Oven Mitt and Apron.
Breakfast in Bed Basket
Suggested Items: Small Appliances such as waffle maker, crepe pan, French Coffee Press, juicer, Gourmet mixes such as scones, muffins, waffles, breads, etc..., Gourmet fruit spreads, Champagne for Mimosas, Champagne Flutes, Gourmet Teas and perhaps a gift card to a local restaurant.
Poker Night Basket with Cigars
Suggested Items: Assorted Premium Cigars, cutter, cigar lighter, ashtray, with possible gift card to cigar shop. Poker chips and decks of cards. Premium 6 pack of Craft Beer and Top Shelf Whiskey or Bourbon (such as Jack Daniels or Makers Mark) Beer glasses and/or shot glasses. Assorted snacks such as pretzels, pistachios, beef jerky and gourmet cheese, sausage and crackers.
Orient Express Basket
Suggested Items: Wok, Stir Fry Utensils, assorted sauces and spices, fortune cookies, teas, and gift card to restaurants serving these types of dishes.
Family Fun Basket
Suggested Items: Assorted family games (Yahtzee, Scrabble, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, etc...) and snacks. Perhaps gift cards for ordering in pizza. Could also include gift cards for family type events out in the community such as bowling, arcade, movies, museums, etc
Famous Foodies Basket
Suggested Items: Premium cooking supplies and cookbooks by famous chefs and celebrity cooks.
Donations of gift cards to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Target, Binny's, Home Goods, etc. are also useful. Committee members can purchase needed items for the visual presentation of baskets and other auction items.