A fundraiser will be held tonight at Mattone Restaurant and Bar in La Grange Park to raise money for the Kelli Joy O'Laughlin Memorial Fund.
Forty-six area businesses have donated items that will be raffled off to raise money for the fund that has been set up in her memory.
"Everybody that we've talked to about participating with a donation has been happy and eager to be a part of the event," said Erica Alletto, one of the coordinators for the fundraiser.
Alletto's brother Johnny and her husband Frank, Lyons Township High School graduates and members of the Acoustic-rock cover band Jank, were scheduled to play at Mattone Wednesday night and decided to turn the event into a fundraiser to benefit the O'Laughlin family. Alletto said that even though she does not know the O'Laughlin family personally, she wanted to do something for them.
"Even though you may not know the family personally, you're so moved by this, because it's so horrific, it touches every single person," said Alletto. "People would like to do something and would like to help, but they don't know how, and this gives them a how."
The suggested minimum donation for entrance to Wednesday night's event is $5. Raffle tickets will be sold one for $5, five for $20 and 15 for $50.
Small businesses as well as larger ones from Burr Ridge, La Grange and Western Springs have donated raffle items to the event. The money raised from the raffle will go directly to Kelli Joy O'Laughlin Memorial Fund. Below is a list of raffle items that have been contributed by businesses so far:
Blando Jewelry: 14k white gold chain ($235 value)
Dustin Frost Photography: Gold package featuring a full family photo session & disk with images and FULL printing rights, as well as a $50 print credit. ($200+ Value)
LT Hockey Team: A three month Gold Membership to Five Season Sports Club. The certificate must be redeemed by Dec 30th. (Can be used December through February or January through March.) There membership is a $1,200 value.
LTHS Tennis Gear signed by Ryan Dempster
Mario Tricoci Naperville Makeover Package: Full hair color with Judy, Cut and style with Juan Jose, Makeup application and lesson with Karli ($255 Value)
Mattone Executive Chef Jason Korinek Private Dinner for Six ($1,200 Value)
Score Radio package: including autographed Memorabilia from Lance Briggs & Gavin Floyd
A Unique Candy: (2) gift certificates for 1 lb. chocolate covered strawberries or chocolates
Arbonne: $117 Skin Care Package
Blueberry Hill: (2) $15 Gift certificates
Bozena Spa: Spa pedicure Certificate
Bull & Bear Bar: Reception ($500 value)
Casey's Market: $25 Gift Card
Clever Girl: $50 gift certificate
Colleen’s Collection: necklace
Coopers Hawk Gift Basket: $25 Gift certificate & 2 bottles wine
Corazon Nail Salon: $25 Gift Certificate
Dailey Method : 3 Class Pack
Dr. Bennecke: Sonicare for kids ($70 value)
Flying High: Open Gym Birthday party (value $180)
Fruit Store: $50 Fruit basket
Horton’s: Gift Basket
Impact Dance Studio Inc.: Gift certificate for a free session ($56 value)
Joe's Sport Bar on Weed St: Reception ($500 Value)
Joliet Slammers: Suite courtesy of Highlands Parent (can accommodate up to 25 people)
Joy Liz Sage Invitations & Fine Gifts: $25 On-Line Eetsy gift certificate: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lizsage?ref=seller_info
Kirschbaums Bakery: 3 Birthday packages including cake and tea cookies
LA TAN: Three Pack
Lia Sophia Jewelry: Two certificates for pieces in the catalog that are priced up to $100.
Lifetime Fitness (Burr Ridge): a massage and color service
Louisa & Millie's Chocolates: $15 gift certificate and platter of chocolates
LTHS Eurythmics Dance Company: Tickets
LTHS: One hour private swim lesson at South Campus pool (value $50)
Michael Graham Salon: Gift Basket
MIX 101.9: Party Package
Oasis: Massage Package
Palmers Place: (3) $20 Gift Certificates
Pierce Chef's Mart: (4) $25 Gift Certificates.
Public House: Reception ($500 value)
Q BBQ: $50 Gift Card & Bottle of Q Wine
Red Mango: $10 Gift Card
To Do or Dye Salon: Haircut and Scalp treatment certificate
Urban Sole: $100 purse
Vintage Charm: $25 gift certificate
Violets Flower Shop: $30 Gift Certificate
Y&Z Kids: Children’s craft kits