The second annual Denim & Diamonds Dinner held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at The Pavilion in Marion was a delightful evening of celebrating, generosity, food and friends! With the support of guests, sponsors and volunteers, the proceeds from this event will benefit more than 500 children in foster care throughout Southern Illinois. View photos
SAVE THE DATE: The 2019 Denim and Diamonds Dinner will be Thursday, November 7, 2019!
The evening’s casual atmosphere was welcomed by those who attended; it was a relaxed, social gathering where guests could eat and view auctions and raffles at their leisure prior to the program. Guests were encouraged to dress up or dress in denim. Background music and lighting were provided by Club VIP DJ Services. Crystal’s Catering served a delicious dinner and Cakes by Ally provided delicious cupcakes and diamond cookies for dessert.
Honorary chairs, Glenn and Jo Poshard with the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children presented a $1,000 donation to help purchase items that directly impact children receiving services through our regional office in Carterville.
The inaugural Diamond Award was presented to Legence Bank who, through their service and contributions during 2018, exemplified the mission and values of Caritas Family Solutions in areas served by the agency’s regional offices in Carterville and Mount Vernon.
Chelsea DeVivo, a local foster and adoptive parent, gave a testimonial about her family’s journey through the foster care and adoption process with assistance from Caritas staff.
Other noteworthy moments from the evening included the thrill of bidding in both the silent and live auctions: the silent auction had a custom made Dinger bat, custom artwork, and SIUC Basketball, Football and Fox Theater tickets, while the live auction featured a custom made Star Wars sculpture fire pit by Get Bent Metalworks, a Haunted Forest Hayride for 20 at Camp Ondessonk and a Southern Illinois Brewery Bus Tour where VIP Club Limo Services transports 20 along the Southern Illinois Beer Trail for the day . Thanks to the generous donations of our guests and sponsors, the auctions and raffles were immensely successful and the funds raised will help several families in the community.
A special thanks goes to each of the committee members and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to create such a successful and memorable event. Thanks especially to John Stoecklin, the Master of Ceremonies, who entertained and guided the guests throughout the evening and to Josh Wright who conducted the live auction and fund-a-need.
Thank you to all of our remarkable SPONSORS who made the evening possible:
Club VIP DJ Services
Friends of Caritas
Lakeside Veterinary Hospital
Merrill Lynch – Tim Warner, Financial Advisor