Community members come out to support local charity organization
ELMHURST — Residents of Elmhurst, Villa Park and surrounding communities came together on Saturday night for to support Cupid's Kisses, the annual charity event benefiting Miracles from Mia, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to the families of chronically ill children.
The event was held at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall in Elmhurst and included appetizers, drinks, dancing and auction items. The night's special guests of honor were the four children who were receiving the proceeds from the evening's event.
Although no official totals are available yet, Anna Russo, a member of the organization's Board of Directors, said the night went well.
Miracles from Mia was founded in 2003 as Miracles for Mia, named after Mia Clements of Villa Park who was born in 2003 with two non-functioning kidneys. She died on April 17, 2004, but her family chose to continue the organization so that other children could be helped.
Eligibility to Miracles from Mia is open to any children battling chronic illness and living in Illinois, Russo said. The organization has helped dozens of children throughout the state since it was founded, she said. Many of the previous recipients of Miracles from Mia support attended Saturday's fundraiser.
To be considered for financial support by the group, parents are invited to visit the organization's website and complete an online application. Once the application is submitted, things start to move forward, Russo said.
The organization's Cupid's Kisses event is its largest fundraiser of the year, although the group does hold other events throughout the year, she said.
"Most of our events are local," Russo said. "It's kind of a payback to Villa Park because of Mia. Villa Park is a very charitable town. They stand out."
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