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Geneva

Food Bank's women's council sets afternoon tea fundraiser

Annual event raised more than $82K last year

GENEVA – The Executive Women’s Council of Northern Illinois Food Bank will host its fourth annual “A Cup of Hope: A Garden Tea to Solve Hunger” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Embassy Suites Naperville, 1823 Abriter Court, Naperville, the organization announced in a news release.

The event will gather gardeners and food bank supporters for an afternoon tea party with appetizers, silent auction and raffle prizes, the release stated.

The event will include a presentation by Advanced Master Gardener and amateur beekeeper Jill Kilhefner, who will discuss the importance of bees and other pollinators.

Last year, the event raised more than $82,000, allowing the Northern Illinois Food Bank, based in Geneva, to buy $656,000 in groceries. Each dollar allows the food bank to buy $8 worth of groceries. The effort helped combat childhood hunger across the food bank’s 13 counties that include DuPage, Kane, Lake, DeKalb, McHenry, Will and Kendall.

The Executive Women’s Council, which hosts events to benefit the food bank, seeks to engage more women in the issue of hunger and in donating time, food and funds through outreach and fundraising initiatives.

“We’re so grateful for the outpouring of generosity we see each year from the community during this event,” Executive Women’s Council member Gail Hernly stated in the release. “The event has grown since its inception just four short years ago, and we look forward to it being even more successful this year.”

Tickets are $100, with $50 being tax deductible. Other levels of ticket purchases include raffle tickets, sponsorships, tables and advertising.

Supporters also may make a donation to the event without attending, according to the event website, www.SolveHungerToday.org/ACupofHope.

To buy tickets by mail, send a check made out to Northern Illinois Food Bank to Kate Thomas, Attn: A Cup of Hope, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134.

Information is available via email at kthomas@northernilfoodbank.org or by calling 630-443-6910, ext. 117.

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