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Ticknor: Prepare to 'get hitched' for a good cause

The Lemont High School Educational Foundation’s “Food for Thought” event has drawn hundreds of supporters each year since it was first held in 2007, and its ever-changing themes provide a fun atmosphere for those in attendance.

However, this year’s version – “Food for Thought: Gettin’ Hitched” – is sure to be the most entertaining yet.

Slated for Oct. 19, at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, this year’s event may seem like a formal affair with its wedding theme. The event tickets give the look and feel of a wedding invitation and the décor will remind attendees of their wedding days.

However, “Gettin’ Hitched” is no formal event.

Join us at “Food for Thought” and dig deep into your closet for that long-forgotten bridesmaid dress or ill-fitting tuxedo, or see if your wedding dress still fits.

The “reception” will include unlimited food and drink from 7 to 10 p.m. and a live band will play the best – and worst – wedding songs until midnight. Students from the school’s speech team will portray tacky wedding characters and patrons can even dance with the bride during the “dollar dance.”

“Food for Thought” once again will feature valuable, exciting raffle prizes. The winner of the “champagne toast” raffle will walk away with a pair of diamond earrings. Three premier raffle baskets will be available, with each – a “bride” basket, a “groom” basket and a “family” basket – valued at more than $1,000.

However, the big winner of the night will be the one whose ticket is drawn in the “honeymoon trip” raffle. The trip package is valued at more than $6,000 and includes a five-night stay at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, a gourmet dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train and round-trip airfare for two. Tickets are just $40 or three for $100.

Tickets for “Food for Thought” are $75 and are already going fast. If you are interested in buying event or raffle tickets, call LHSEF board member Debbie Arenberg at 630-257-0182.

The LHSEF has awarded more than $190,000 in grants to aid Lemont High School’s students, faculty and staff since 2007. A primary reason it has been able to provide that support is the success of the “Food for Thought” series.

“Food for Thought: Gettin’ Hitched” is one wedding you won’t want to miss

Mary Ticknor is the superintendent of Lemont High School District 210.

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