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Two La Grange businesses join together to benefit women's home

LA GRANGE – One night after a long day of work, Linda Reid-Kilzer ventured into Kama Indian Bistro for some dinner. The hair stylist, who's made it her personal goal to sample the entire menu, struck up a conversation with Vikram Singh, who co-owns the restaurant with wife, Agnes.

That late night conversation – sparked by a discussion of the restaurant's specialty cocktails – has now turned into a joint business charity event sponsoring the Constance Morris House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, according to Reid-Kilzer, who works at Sean Patrick's Salon in La Grange.

Libations with Linda will highlight specialty cocktails prepared and served by Reid-Kilzer, the bistro's signature appetizers and dishes, along with a hairstyle fashion show featuring the work of Sean Patrick.

The evening event, which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, came about quite innocently, according to Reid-Kilzer. She said it's not a "typical charity event," meaning there won't be any raffles or auctions.

"It's just a nice social evening with a benefit and cause," Reid-Kilzer said. 

A portion of the proceeds – raised from cocktail and food sales – will be given to the shelter, according to Agnes Singh. She said there won't be an admission charge, but rather, guests will just pay for their drinks and food and enjoy the show.

During the fashion show, models will showcase exotic hairstyles, Indian makeup and henna temporary tattoos. Henna artists will also be available for guests to get their own henna designs, Agnes said.

By joining together for the event, both Agnes and Sean Patrick agree it will be a good way to support and give back to the community.

"I'm not doing it for my business," Patrick said. "I think this might be a little different way to [donate] and give back to the community." 

After trying to find a way that he could contribute to shelter – along with Kama's donated funds – the salon owner said he's decided to let the women at the shelter come in for a free hair cut, style and make-up tutorial.

Although the specifics have not yet been finalized, Patrick said the deal will most likely run for a period of time and may include an additional discounted gift card.

"The most important thing is for people to realize that there are battered women out there who need help," he said. 

Reid-Kilzer, who chose the shelter as the featured charity, said benefiting victims of domestic violence means a lot to her.

"I'm very hopefully that we can sell enough cocktails to give these girls a little boost," Reid-Kilzer said. "Hopefully their lives are changed and we have a good time while we're doing it." 



What: Libations with Linda at Kama Indian Bistro featuring Sean Patrick and one of his stylists, Linda Reid-Kilzer.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19

Where: Kama Indian Bistro, 9 S. La Grange Road.

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