Dress up or dress down for MELD’s gala fund-raiser

Wear stone-washed legs and rock-studded hands for this years’s Rockford MELD Annual Fall Gala, “DENIM to DIAMONDS.”

The celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6 p.m.to midnight. at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Cost of the event is $75 a person or $750 for a table of 10.

Join MELD for a fun-filled evening including dinner, entertainment and dancing to the Murray Brothers band from Chicago. Dozens of silent auction packages will also be available for bid, plus a diamond spectacular special courtesy of Clodius & Co. Jewelers. You won’t want to miss this gala!

The evening also includes a raffle with round trip airfare for two to Orlando with Disney passes, a 50-inch plasma TV, a specialized mountain bike, a $40 gas card every month for a year and lots of other great items. Raffle tickets are $10 each, three for $25, six for $50 and 12 for $100. Raffle tickets can be purchased at:

640 Meats—6410 E. Riverside Blvd.

High Maintenance Salon & Day Spa—135 N. Longwood

Pepper Creek Flowers—7295 Harrison Ave.

Chocolat by Daniel—211 E. State St.

Kegel’s Bicycle Store—2605 Charles St.

Cannoli Caffe—1620 N. Bell School Road

MELD office—716 N. Church St.

To purchase event and raffle tickets, go to www.rockfordmeld.org or call the MELD office at 815-965-8336, ext. 10.

Rockford MELD’s mission is to strengthen families. Proceeds from the event will benefit vital MELD programs including the MELD Homeless Shelter, Transitional Living Program and Young Moms and Dads Groups and Education/Employment Assistance Program. from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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