Andre Dawson at April 14 MELD fund-raiser

From press release

Former Chicago Cubs outfielder, Hall of Famer Andre “The Hawk” Dawson, will speak at MELD’s annual Sports Celebrity Evening from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road.

Tickets are $75 for dinner and program. Special VIP tickets are $100 and include appetizers, dinner, program and a special reception with “The Hawk” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., to meet and greet Dawson and get his autographed baseball.

The evening includes a 10 Prizes for 10 Winners Raffle, a live and silent auction and a special “Cracker Jack” Diamond Raffle. Auction and raffle items include sports memorabilia, Cubs and Bears tickets, and a variety of packages.

All proceeds from the event will benefit MELD programs for young moms, dads and their children including the MELD Homeless Shelter, Transitional Living Program, MELD Young Moms and Dads Parent Support Groups, Education and Employment Assistance Program and Homelessness Prevention/Rapid Re-Housing Program.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling the MELD office at (815) 633-6353, ext. 10.

10 Prizes for 10 Winners raffle

Raffle tickets for the 10 Prizes for 10 Winners raffle are $10 each, three for $25, six for $50 and 12 for $100, and can be purchased in advance at the following locations: 640 Meats, 6410 E. Riverside Blvd.; Pepper Creek Flowers, 7295 Harrison Ave.; High Maintenance, 4401 Peak Drive; Kegel’s Bicycle Store, 2605 Charles St.; Victoria’s Salon, 129 S. Phelps Ave.; Canterbury Books & Tours, 1662 N. Alpine Road; Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road; Alpine Bank locations including Logli’s; and the MELD office, 3703 N. Main St.

Winners need not be present at the April 14 event to receive their prizes.

Prizes include the following: Peak Sports Club one-year family membership; $50 dinner for two every month for one year at Giovanni’s Restaurant; a spa package every month for one year donated by High Maintenance; flowers every month for one year donated by Pepper Creek Flowers and a meat package every month for one year donated by 640 Meats; a customized bike donated by Kegel’s Bicycle Store; three carpet cleanings for the year donated by Stanley Steemer; a 42-inch Samsung television donated by Prime Time Audio/Video; a pizza and a 2-liter bottle of pop every month for one year donated by Papa John’s and an ultimate full-service car wash donated by SuperSuds Car Care Center; a $50 Mobil gas card every month for one year donated by Kelley Williamson Mobil; and $300 in cash donated by Aqua-Aerobic Systems.

For info, call the MELD office at (815) 633-6353, ext. 10, or visit

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