Park District’s ‘Ties & Tennies’ fund-raiser Nov. 14; deadline Nov. 6

Staff Report

Dress like an adult, but party like a kid at the Rockford Park District Foundation’s second “Ties & Tennies” fund-raising event.

Ties & Tennies will be Friday, Nov. 14, at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy interactive activities such as a Giant Pac-Man Battle Royale, the first four-player simultaneous arcade game along with a new trend, Slow Motion Video Photo Booth. The night also includes a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, and a chance to dance the night away in comfortable shoes. Former Chicago Bears Players Garrett Wolfe, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson will be on site to mingle with guests.

Ties & Tennies refers to the dress code, which suggests a decidedly cool-chic blend of class and athleticism, involving tie or cocktail attire paired with a favorite pair of tennis shoes. The event will provide an opportunity for guests to enjoy an evening of fun, while helping to raise funds to support vital youth programs such as swimming, hockey, flag football or summer camp. Proceeds from the event will benefit youth programs in the Rockford Park District, which could mean helping to cover admission, program fees or equipment costs. Every child deserves to play, whether it’s playing on the playground or playing a sport. For more than 100 years, the Rockford Park District has taught life skills such as honesty, integrity, humility, pride, self-respect and sportsmanship to generations of young people.

Joe and Michelle Scandroli, 2014 Ties & Tennies chairmen, noted: “This event is a way for all of us to let go, and just be kids for the night. With all that we have planned, this night is sure to bring out the inner child in all of us. We are thrilled to be chairs of this event, and to help plan such a fun night to benefit an important cause, to help build stronger, healthier and happier kids. Guests in attendance are helping children in our community enjoy sports and recreation the same way we enjoyed it growing up. These programs teach life skills and build character for youth of today and tomorrow.”

Tickets are $100 per person ($50 of full ticket price is tax-deductible) or $750 for a table of eight. Deadline to purchase tickets is Nov. 6. To purchase tickets, visit or contact Lisa Alexander at (815) 987-1632.

The Rockford Park District Foundation was created in 1979, and assists the Rockford Park District by securing philanthropic support on its behalf, and enhancing awareness of the district’s benefits to the community.

Posted Oct. 29, 2014

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