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Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole Raises Funds and Celebrates 15 Years with a Successful 1st Annual Christmas at the Dole Gala

Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole concluded its 15th Anniversary with an evening of elegance, enchantment, and entertainment at the 1st Annual Christmas at the Dole Gala. Hosted at the historic Dole Mansion and Arts Park property on Saturday, December 2, 2017, over 100 guests celebrated the start of the holiday season and successfully raised funds for Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s year-round art, education, history, and community programs during the magical evening.

The Christmas at the Dole Gala featured delights and surprises for all attendees, starting with a valet service and red-carpet entrance to the Dole Mansion. Guests dressed in their black-tie finest tuxedos and gowns took a step back in time and enjoyed cocktail hour in the Dole Mansion, complete with visits from Mr. & Mrs. Dole (portrayed by actors from McHenry County College). A Founders’ Hall beautifully displayed photos and memorabilia from the organization’s establishment 15 years ago as a tribute to those efforts and foresight which allowed this event to take place today.

The evening continued with enchanting holiday décor throughout the property, live musical entertainment by McHenry County Youth Orchestra and The Falsettos, plated dinner, an exhilarating live painting performance by Elliot From of ArtBeat Live, and dancing in ‘the Listening Room’ with Let’s Dance Big Band. Silent and Spot Auctions, in addition to live auctions of Elliot From’s artwork, raised funds for Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s programs and events, such as [insert some of the programs or signature events you would like to promote in 2018].

“We had a vision to bring our Founders, Sponsors, and community supporters back together to not only celebrate the holidays, but to commemorate their vision and generosity in preserving this property 15 years ago,” reflects Siobhan Cottone, Executive Director of Lakeside Legacy Foundation.

“Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, donated, and supported our first Gala and raised much-needed funds for our year-round programs. We look forward to making the Christmas at the Dole Gala a continuing tradition in McHenry County,” Cottone says.

Those interested in upcoming events and programs at Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole can visit lakesideartspark.org or call 815.455.8000.