Rockford MELD holds its 10th Annual Fall Celebration Saturday, Sept. 24

Rockford MELD is having its 10th Annual Fall Celebration, “Strengthening Families,” from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 24, at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford.

Cost is $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10. The evening includes dinner, dancing to the Pete Fleming Orchestra from Chicago, silent and live auction, and raffle for a trip for four to Florence, Italy, for five days and four nights.

Trip itinerary is planned by Laura Johnson, art historian, formerly from Rockford, living in Florence. Trip also includes private tour of Cortona, where Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed, private tour in Chianti, gourmet dining and much more. Trip value is $7,000 or cash in lieu of trip. Second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $50 and are available at the following locations: La Mendola at Edgebrook, Gruno’s Diamonds, PepperCreek Flowers on Harrison, Basil Café on Riverside, Giovanni’s Restaurant, Marshall Field’s, Stone’s Hallmark Stores (South Alpine, Brynwood and Riverside), all Curves locations and the MELD office at 716 N. Church St.

Raffle drawing is Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fall Celebration at Giovanni’s. Winner need not be present to win.

Rockford MELD’S mission is to strengthen families. MELD provides programs and services for young families and youth in our community. Proceeds from the event will benefit these vital MELD programs and services.

For more information, reservations or raffle tickets, call the MELD office at 965-8336, ext. 10, or visit the MELD Web site of

From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue

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