“Cocktails for Clearbrook” Benefit Raises Funds for Children with Special Needs

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (October 13, 2009) – On Thursday, October 1, The Elevation Group hosted “Cocktails for Cleabrook” at D.O.C. Wine Bar in Lombard to raise money for children with developmental disabilities this holiday season. More than 100 guests sipped fine wines, enjoyed appetizers and purchased raffle tickets all for a great cause - to make kids’ holiday wishes come true.

The Elevation Group is comprised of 5 small business owners including SBA members, Mike Francone of AmCheck and Jim Fabbrini of Fabbrini’s Flowers, as well as Mike Dunlay of D.O.C. Wine Bar, Jack Hull of Corporate Benefit Advisors, Inc. and Eddie Reeves of 24 Seven Discovered. They decided to join forces to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs by fulfilling their holiday wish list requests.

“Families that have kids with special needs have so many extra demands in terms of time and money,” explains Francone, “We wanted to make things a little easier for some of them during the holiday season.”

Annually, Clearbrook serves nearly 2,300 children with such disabilities as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other forms of mental retardation. In the upcoming winter months, The Elevation Group will buy toys and clothes, using the funds raised from “Cocktails for Clearbrook” to help brighten the season for kids that receive services from Clearbrook. In all, more than $3,000 was raised at the event.

For more information about Clearbrook or to be a “Wish list” supporter contact Christina Raddi at 847-385-5302 or or, please visit

Based in Northern Illinois, Clearbrook was founded in 1955 and has since evolved into a recognized leader in the field of developmental disabilities. Today, Clearbrook creates innovative opportunities for approximately 3,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and mental retardation - as well as their families. Clearbrook provides personalized children’s, day training, employment, residential and clinical services at more than 40 locations throughout the Chicagoland-area. In addition, Clearbrook is the largest provider of in-home services in the state of Illinois. Clearbrook employs more than 800 people and proudly reports that 85 percent of every dollar raised goes directly into programs and services. For more information, please visit

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