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Downers Grove

Junior Woman’s Club to host event benefiting Noah’s Hope

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club will host its first annual Spring Spree Shop for Charity event, a fundraising effort benefitting Noah’s Hope.

The event will go from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 24 at Emmett’s Ale House, 5200 Main St. It is free and open to the public.

The Spring Spree Shop for Charity Event will provide a venue for shoppers to find gifts for upcoming holidays and special occasions such as Mother's Day, teacher appreciation, birthdays, graduations, and baby and wedding showers.

There will be more than 10 local artisans and vendors showcasing a variety of items, including handcrafted jewelry, handbags, home decor, and children's clothing and accessories. A door prize raffle will also take place with gifts from the artisans as well as a gift card from Emmett’s Ale House.

“We are excited to host our first Spring Spree Shop for Charity Event this year to benefit Noah’s Hope,” Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club President Joanne Vought said in a press release. “A large part of the DGJWC’s mission is to give back to the community and nothing hits closer to home than the lives of the VanHoutan family. We are honored to work with Noah’s Hope on this event and look forward to matching profits from this event with our organization’s own philanthropic funds.”

Both Noah VanHoutan and his sister Laine are battling a rare genetic illness that has restricted their speech, balance and mobility. Noah's Hope continues to make gains in the fight against LINCL-Batten disease, and the VanHoutan family tirelessly spreads awareness and raises funds for research.

"We try to enjoy each day and the joys of Noah’s and Laine's accomplishments," Jennifer VanHoutan said in a press release. "We enjoy what we have right now while we keep fighting for what we believe in. We are blessed to be in an amazing community, that has wrapped their arms around us and continue to help us fight. The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club Spring Spree is just one example of how Downers Grove is a remarkable community."

Noah's Hope was set up to support innovative research, create awareness and education, develop early detection methods, advance treatment techniques and ultimately find a cure for Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis or Batten disease. For more information about Noah and Laine and Batten disease visit

The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club is a non-partisan, non-denominational, volunteer women's organization. Its members are dedicated to supporting and raising the awareness of charitable organizations, individuals in need, and the community.
The club will have a general meeting at 7 p.m. April 22 at Emmett’s Ale House. All prospective members are welcome. For more information visit the website

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