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Every donation counts at Economy Shop, Oak Park’s 100-year-strong charity re-seller. Some gifts are extra special. Last month, Oak Park-based Toomey & Co. Auctioneers accepted bids on a painting that had been donated to the shop — a 1919 oil-on-canvas by the American artist Charles Courtney Curran. Estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, Three Women on Hilltop raised a surprising $35,000. The proceeds will be shared among Economy Shop’s six partner agencies: the Animal Care League, Children’s Clinic of Infant Welfare Society, Oak Park River Forest Day Nursery, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Senior Citizens’ Center and Thrive Counseling Center. Feel like raising a paddle at a future auction? Toomey’s next Art & Design auction takes place on Sept. 15 at 818 N. Boulevard in Oak Park. Donations, no matter their value, are gratefully accepted.
117 feet, 10-½ inches
Starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14, 92 first-timers and a few rope-tested pros will rappel from the roof of Naperville’s 13-story, 117-ft-high Hotel Arista. Strapped into a full body harness and geared up with gloves, a helmet, a radio and safety devices, thrill seekers, ages 20 - 70 weighing at least 100 pounds, will climb down 12 sets of vertical windows on the facade of the city’s tallest building.
Two trainers manning two rope stations, assisted by twelve rope wranglers and 50-plus volunteers, will drop six rappellers per hour from the rooftop to cheers from crowds of up to 1,000 spectators down below. Ten months in planning, the event is coordinated with national fundraising group Over the Edge. Proceeds — the goal is $200,000 — go to Operation Support Our Troops, a volunteer organization with a mission to support the wellbeing of American forces while deployed and upon returning home. There’s still time to register, with sponsorship requirements ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
To get a jump start (pun intended), join 10 VIP rappellers who will preview the experience the day before the main event. Brave souls with no fear of vertigo can call 630 971-1150 to find out more.
Have you dreamed of opening a business but worried that the cost of office space or the isolation of working alone at home would hinder your success? Innovation DuPage, a business incubator and accelerator recently opened at Glen Ellyn Civic Center, may be the answer.
Located one block from the Metra station, the facility has 8,500 square feet of bright open space filled with 89 unique work stations — executive offices, coworking spaces, individual pods, sound-proof phone booths and meeting rooms. Computers are loaded with the latest Adobe Suite/Microsoft Office software. There are photocopiers for shared use and a kitchen for “watercoolor” chat. Three learning events each week encourage business development and social interaction.
At present, there are 52 members for whom the center is open 24/7/365. Drop-ins are welcome Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
150years old and sadly dying, the stately white oak had for 80 years graced the practice green at Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles. Coaxing new life from old, artist Michael Bihlmaier carved the trunk into a wooden sculpture. It stands six feet tall, and features intricate, colorful carvings. Foxes and birds, including a hawk, reflect the native wildlife, while a vintage golf bag pays tribute to the history of the course. The work, which took two weeks to complete, was made possible due to a donation from St. Charles residents Bill and Nancy Cox. Nancy has served on the Park District board for 12 years and Bill has been a volunteer at the 9-hole Fox River course for the last five years.