By Lisa Gunggoll, Community Contributor, Chicago Tribune
Saturday Feb. 23 marked the third annual Benefit Gala dinner to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Will County. The evening was a great success, raising a record $60,000 to help fund programs benefiting abused and neglected children in Will County. Many thanks goes to McDonald’s®, which served as the Platinum and Presenting sponsor.
The Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet was the site of the event, dubbed the “Have a Heart for the Child” Benefit Auction Gala. Guests enjoyed entertainment by the Del Bergeson Orchestra and had the opportunity to hear special guest Jarrett Payton, son of the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton, speak on the importance of mentors in a child’s life. Dr. Sandy Goldberg, NBC 5 Chicago Contributor and founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, served as the master of ceremonies.