Benefit of Laughter

The Benefit of Laughter

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MARCH 7, 2020 - 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION OPENS 1/24/2020

It’s ok to laugh again and enjoy an unforgettable evening of comedians, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, raffles, andauction… all in support of the grieving children & families that Willow House serves

Featured Emcee


Patti Vasquez

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If you can’t join us, you can still help sustain Willow House by bidding on silent auction items from home, or making a donation.

REGISTRATION WILL GO LIVE ON JANUARY 24, 2020
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General Information

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Saturday
March 7, 2020

Gorton Community Center

400 E Illinois Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045

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7:00PM

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Attire:
Come as you are!

Free Parking & Complimentary Coat Check

Event Details

Guests must be 21+ to attend
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar included!
Exclusive Silent Auction Items
Cash Raffle Prizes:

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Thank You Sponsors!

Thank You In-Kind Donors!

Mellonee Mayo

Our Emcee

Patti Vasquez was born and raised in Chicago and is an internationally performing stand-up comedian. As a host, Patti quickly claimed the number one spot for late night radio. She has appeared as a commentator for WGN-TV Morning News and Fox Good Day Chicago. She also served as a fill-in host for WCIU’s You & Me in the Morning. Patti was also honored by the National Museum of Mexican Art and the University of Illinois for her contributions to art and advocacy work.

Patti has two boys: Griffin, who is gifted, kind-hearted and the best big brother to Declan. Declan is differently gifted, charming and was born with a neurological abnormality called Corpus Callosum Disorder. Although he is missing a small part of his brain, Declan has made the world a much bigger place for his family and everyone lucky enough to know him.

In 2014, Patti created a company called “With Kind Words” in which she provides consultation for healthcare providers. She urges them to consider the emotional readiness of every member of the team, from the health professional to the caretakers, as they strive to ensure the best possible outcome. She incorporates humor and personal experiences as the mother of a child with special needs to lead her audience on an intellectual and emotional journey. She aims to help audiences recognize how they can incorporate compassionate communication and inspire them to do it well.

While still hosting her eclectic and wildly successful radio show, Patti began working with ABC to develop a sitcom based on her life.

Patti graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in History. She later disappointed her parents by dropping out of Northwestern’s PhD program to become a stand-up comic. It all worked out in the end. Or at least, so far so good.

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