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Deborah's Place hosts fundraiser/award ceremony
by Vern Hester

On June 10, Deborah's Place presented a fundraiser/award presentation entitled "Opening Doors" at Venue One.

Deborah's Place is a housing facility that provides supportive housing units and offers programs and services for women who have experienced homelessness. The event featured a cocktail hour, an open auction, a raffle and a silent auction. WGN-TV and Emmy-winning reporter Gaynor Hall Patterson hosted the event.

The recipients of the night's awards were Linda Palm, who received the Founders Award, and the Sammons Financial Group, who received the Philanthropic Partner Group.

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The night got off to a relaxed start as guests mingled, enjoyed cocktails, and viewed/bid on items on display. The items included a historic house party (which included a tour of three Frank Lloyd Wright houses and a private dinner for nine), a tour of WGN given by Hall Patterson and a Mexican getaway for up to four people. Live-auction items included a Windy City Weekend package (which included two tickets to a Lyric Opera performance, two tickets to a Hubbard Dance Company performance and a gift certificate for $250 for Hawthorne Limousine service) and an ultimate Cub fan package (which included a $500 gift certificate for Hyatt Hotel and four tickets to the Cubs/Mets game on July 20.).

The guests were then treated to a short program that included the award presentation and a short film in which current residents of Deborah's Place spoke of the impact the facility had had on their lives. The event then turned toward the suspenseful side as guests, under the stewardship of John Walcher, led the way in an frenzied bidding war. As the cap to the evening, guests could publicly show support by making a significant financial commitment to Deborah's Place through Mission Moment financial packages. These packages included the chance to openly contribute financial awards that would provide security deposits, houseware, CTA cards or meals.

The benefit raised more than $100,000 for Deborah's Place.

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