LA GRANGE – A La Grange-based organization that serves the Lyons Township community is planning to spread the wealth with other charities after its annual fundraiser in March.
The LeaderShop, which has been in town for more than 35 years, will donate 25 percent of the money raised by volunteers at its 2014 Pirate Party to other local and national charities – chosen by participating community and school leaders.
Some of the benefiting charities include Aging Care Connections, Heritage Middle School, Highlands Middle School, Illinois Chapter Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Willow Springs School, Autism Society of Illinois, Interfaith Community Partners and BEDS Plus.
The 2014 Pirate Party – a two-part event – will be held March 7 at the Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center. Buccaneer Blast at the Brig, a free community and family event, will kick off the fundraiser at 3 p.m. with face painting, games, a magician and a live swordplay demonstration by the Chicago Swordplay Guild.
Following the family event, guests who are at least 21 are invited to the Swashbuckler Soiree from 6 to 10 p.m. Along with auctions, raffles, cocktails and h’dourves, the fundraiser’s second portion will also include a presentation of the Community Impact Award. This year’s award will recognize the First National Bank of La Grange for its continuous service in the community.
Tickets for the Swashbuckler Soiree are $75 per person. For more information on prices, party details and donating, visit www.theleaderparty.com.