Toy Drive Begins, Wine-Tasting Thank You!

Irving Park Community Food Pantry is preparing for its annual Holiday Distribution which will be on Wednesday, December 18th. On this day, toys will be distributed to our clients’ children. There will be drop boxes Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler), St. John’s Episcopal Church and Irving Park Lutheran Church (3938 W. Belle Plaine). We can provide a drop box for your business or church if you are interested in collecting.

This year for the first time, we’re collecting NEW or VERY SLIGHTLY USED books for teenagers!

As always, we’re collecting NEW, UNUSED toys for infants and children up to age 12 years. In addition, we need:
— Family games
— Small stuffed animals for Santa to give away
— Hats, mittens, scarves, gloves (newly purchased or handmade)
— Financial donations are accepted and appreciated!

Volunteers are needed to:
— Count toys – Sunday, December 15th (Time TBD)
— Toy Room Set-Up – Tuesday, December 17th (5 – 8 p.m.)
— Toy distribution – Wednesday, December 18th (8 a.m – 1 p.m.)
If you would like to volunteer for this event, PLEASE CONTACT Barb for more information at 773-354-4886.

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Board Member Nora Byrne and Board VP Peg Calderone enjoy some white wine during the IP Food Pantry Wine Tasting Benefit at Mirabell Restaurant on October 13th.

Thank You to everyone who came to the Wine Tasting Benefit at Mirabell Restaurant on October 13th. We had such a good time tasting delicious wines from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, Chile and California! Thank you to our generous donors including Jeff Heil, owner of Mirabell Restaurant, Whole Foods of Sauganash, Fanny May Chocolates, Edible Arrangements in Irving Park, Jewel Events, and Kris Solum for Invitations and Wine Book Cover, to Sommers & Fahrenbach, Inc. and Norwood Crossing for printing.

Thank you to those who donated goods and services for our Silent Auction and Door Prizes: Brian Beaugureau, Benefit Cosmetics, Richard Bradley, Bruss Meats, Nora & Jim Byrne, Catch 35, City Smiles Dental/William Simon, DDS, Tom Conrad, Enzo Prosecco, Get a Grip Cycles, Fogo de Chao, Kohler Water Spa, LA Fitness at Six Corners, La Villa Restaurant, Peter Litton & Sharon Parke, Mionetto Imports, Anne Roberts Gardens, Vicki Ross, Lee Samsami Stein and Sandra Schwartzbeck, Sara Yoest/American Girl, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Moet Hennessy USA, Target, Whole Foods, The Alps Restaurant and Pancake House, Meatheads Burgers & Fries!

Thank you to our Wine Donors: Constellation Wines, Delicato Family Vineyards, Moet Hennessy USA, Pernod Ricard Wines, Terlato Wines Estates, Trinchero Family Estates and W. J. Deutch & Sons.

Finally, thank you to our Benefit Co-Chairs Janet Middleton & Vicki Ross, and their committee: Patricia Bruss, Lorena De Avila, Gloria Price, John Psharis, Kate Roche, Sandra Schwartzbeck, Craig Shutt, Lee Samsami Stein. All volunteers!

We are incredibly grateful to your help for organizing such a fun and successful event!