Join CEL for annual Chefs' Night fundraiser

  • CEL member Tom Roberts, staff member Luca Fontanini, CEO Harriet Levy, Michelle Mekky and Barilla Chef Tim Minefee at Center For Enriched Living's Chefs' Night 2021.

    CEL member Tom Roberts, staff member Luca Fontanini, CEO Harriet Levy, Michelle Mekky and Barilla Chef Tim Minefee at Center For Enriched Living's Chefs' Night 2021. Courtesy of Center For Enriched Living

 
 
Posted4/22/2022 12:49 PM

After two years of being virtual, Center For Enriched Living is excited to present its signature Chefs' Night event in person at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.

Now in its 22nd year, this community event features culinary delights from some of Chicago's most beloved restaurants, chefs and beverage purveyors for a night of tasting and entertainment to help raise money for a critical resource in the community.

 

Located in Riverwoods, CEL works toward a future where every person with a developmental disability is an equal, valued and contributing member of the community.

CEL is a nonresidential, life-enrichment center -- open seven days a week -- offering in-person and virtual programs for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They offer a wide range of programming, with a focus on skill enrichment, employment readiness, socialization and community integration.

CEL has many partnership, volunteer and fundraising opportunities throughout the year. Businesses and restaurants are invited to participate in this event seeking to raise close to $500,000 for programs benefiting people across the Chicago area with developmental disabilities.

Sponsorship packages range from $500 to $25,000 and can be tailored to meet a company's or individual's needs. Participating restaurants and beverage partners can showcase one or more dishes/drinks by serving sample tastings to guests.

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CEL, which opened its doors in 1968, serves 450-500 individuals annually, from young adults through seniors, who either live at home with their families, live independently or live in a residential agency.

CEL's programs are designed to address the most common challenges facing the disability community: social isolation, transitioning out of the school system, and high unemployment.

CEL welcomes people of all ages and abilities and tailors their services to the needs of each member, whether they can participate in small group activities or require one-on-one support.

For information about Chefs' Night, visit www.centerforenrichedliving.org or contact Niki@CenterForEnrichedLiving.org.

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