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‘Chefs’ Night’ benefits Center for Enriched Living

More than 600 guests enjoyed a feast of epic proportions at the Center for Enriched Living “Chefs’ Night & More” fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort on April 28.

The Center is a non-profit organization serving individuals of all ages throughout Chicagoland with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other issues.

The event, which included a live auction and car raffle for a 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe grossed more than $510,000. Proceeds will go towards CEL’s programs that provides opportunities to achieve goals, learn new skills, have new experiences and belong for the more than 500 individuals who participate at CEL annually.

Tastings for the evening were donated by more than 30 of the area’s favorite food and beverage establishments, including:

Chicago: Ale Syndicate Brewers, Koval Distillery, Vice District Brewing

Deerfield: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Evanston: Prairie Moon

Glenview: RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Highland Park: City Park Grill, Highland Pop

Highwood: Bent Fork Bakery, Froggy’s French Café, Gourmet Frog Bakery and Carry Out

Kenosha, Wis.: Ashling on the Lough

Lincolnshire: Big Bowl, Eddie Merlot’s, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Wildfire Lincolnshire

Long Grove: Enzo and Lucia Ristorante

Mundelein: Karma Asian Food and Fine Wine, Park Street Restaurant

Northbrook: Claim Company, Di Pescara

Northfield: Happ Inn, Taco Nano, Three Tarts Bakery & Café

Vernon Hills: Philly G’s

Wheeling: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, RAM Brewery & Restaurant, Starbucks

Hal Roseth of Riverwoods, whose son attends CEL’s REACH adult day program, spoke to the gathering. “Scotty has now been a part of the CEL family for almost three years. Each day we are happier with our decision,” he said. “Our goals of assimilation and being a part of the community (for Scotty) are the CEL mission statement. There is a belief and attitude that this is a special place, Scotty is a special young man and CEL wants him to achieve personal success and have a quality of life that he deserves.”

Harriet Levy of Evanston, CEL executive director, noted: “‘Chefs’ Night’ is really about the members we serve and providing opportunities for the greater community to see how they can get further involved. It’s an opportunity to showcase what we see on a daily basis, that people with developmental disabilities are no different than people without disabilities and deserve to be welcomed and included in every facet of the community.”

To learn more about the Center for Enriched Living see CenterForEnrichedLiving.org or call (847) 948-7001.

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