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Soiree in Barrington Hills raises $112K for Marklund

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – More than 220 guests who attended the Angel Songs Soiree raised $112,000 for Marklund to support children and adults with profound developmental disabilities, the nonprofit announced in a news release.

With campuses in Blackberry Township in the Mill Creek subdivision near Geneva, Elgin and Bloomingdale, Marklund currently serves 174 residential clients, the release stated.

The Angel Songs Soiree was held Sept. 23 at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, the private home of the Sanfilippo family, makers of Fisher Nuts, the release stated.

The estate is filled with impressive collections of restored antiques, including music machines, arcade and gambling machines, art glass, pipe organ, street and tower clocks, and steam engines, as well as a fully-operative French carousel that guests could ride on, the release stated.

The event included a strolling supper, plated dessert and edible centerpieces presented by lead sponsor Guittard Chocolate Company, and silent and live auctions, the release stated.

The live auction featured an original painting by the world-famous artist Elliott From of Artbeat Live, exotic vacation packages, a winery experience, an opportunity to send Marklund clients to a Chicago Blackhawks game and artwork created by Marklund clients, the release stated.

Prints of From’s original painting are still available by visiting, with proceeds to benefit Marklund, the release stated.

Marklund also honored the Elgin Area Organization of Motorcycle Riders as the Angel Awards recipients, for its members’ dedication and ongoing support as hosts of the annual Little Angels Pledge Run, the release stated.

Established in 1988 with 100 participants who raised $9,000, now 30 years later, the annual event has grown to more than 2,000 participants and has raised more than $4 million to date, the release stated.

Jeannine Zupo, signature events director for Marklund, praised the Sanfilippo Foundation and family for its support, the release stated.

“What a spectacular venue and backdrop they gave us to host such a memorable event for Marklund,” Zupo stated in the release. “We look forward to growing Angel Songs in the years to come and making it another signature event that allows Marklund to be among the elite in fundraising events in the Chicago area.”

Other sponsors included Mike and Carol Donahue, Cobra Concrete, CH Distillery and C.D. Peacock, the release stated.

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