Lula's, Brio@Bacchus team up for Aug. 31 SIDS benefit

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) takes the life of more than 2,100 babies each year in the United States

From press release

Lula’s Vintage Boutique and Brio@Bacchus will host a fund-raising event for Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois (SIDS of Illinois) from 6 to 8 p.m., tonight (Wednesday Aug. 31).

The event will be held at Brio@Bacchus, 515 E. State St., in the downtown River District. Rockford Ald. Doug Mark will be the guest bartender for the evening.

Mark is Rockford’s Third Ward alderman, and was recently the recipient of the River District Association’s Heart of Rockford Award for commitment by an individual. All of the tips Mark earns go to SIDS of Illinois.

“We’ll have drink specials throughout the evening to help support the efforts of our guest bartender, Doug Mark,” said Paul Sletten, owner of Brio@Bacchus.

One of Brio’s chefs, Jeff McCord, will also be on hand to share his mountain climbing experience from his July trip to Peru. McCord’s climbing efforts in the Peruvian Andes raised nearly $1,500 for SIDS of Illinois.

SIDS of Illinois is a non-profit agency that provides support to families who experience the sudden and unexpected loss of a baby. SIDS of Illinois also works to educate the public and professionals on grief and safe infant practices; as well as supports medical research directed at finding a better understanding of sudden infant death and infant safety.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) strikes more than 100 babies annually in Illinois.

According to the Web site of, more than 2,100 babies die each year of SIDS in the U.S., at the rate of approximately one baby every four hours. There is no warning, and while strides have been made in educating the public of the risks of SIDS, there is no real explanation or cure.

Prize and live auction items donated by local merchants will be given away throughout the evening.

For more information, contact Lauretta or Luan at Lula’s Vintage Boutique, 815-962-5852.

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005, issue

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