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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Fundraiser Party

Saturday, December 3, 2022
2-4 p.m.

Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL
Cover: $15

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame hosted its end-of-the-year Fundraiser Party on Saturday, December 3 from 2-4 p.m. at Roscoe Village’s Beat Kitchen, “home to every genre of music, hosting some of the biggest names in live music & comedy.”

The Fundraiser Party was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the season while supporting an organization that organizes events and programming to honor, preserve, and celebrate Chicago's great literary heritage, as well as to help foster new voices.

There were light appetizers, a cash bar, lots of mingling and throughout the afternoon, there were many chances to win prizes. The event culminated with a LIVE AUCTION hosted by Nelson Algren Award winner for fiction and friend of the CLHOF billy lombardo.

Leading up to the event, the CLHOF hosted an ONLINE SILENT AUCTION.

Thanks to all the organizations whose donations made this such a successful afternoon:105F, After Hours Press, Alla Vita, BMO Harris Bank, Broadway Antique Market, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Writers Association, City Lit Theater Company, Eckartz Press, Escape Artistry, First Folio Theatre, Float Sixty, Greater Reach Consulting, Joffrey Ballet, Kohl Children's Museum, La Scarola, May I Have This Dance, Metro Chicago, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Music of the Baroque, Northwestern University Press, Paper Craft Panda, Peterson Picture Company, Roots Pizza, StoryStudio Chicago, Third World Press Foundation & Bookstore, Women & Children First Bookstore.

Special thanks, too, to the writers and artists who donated items to the auction: Randy Albers, Anne Marie-Akin, Barry Benson, Giano Cromley, Steve Fiffer, Rick Kogan, Ananda Lima, billy lombardo, Faisal Mohyuddin, Sara Paretsky, Kathleen Rooney, Dmitry Samarov, Shermann Dilla Thomas, Ruben Quesada, and Toya Wolfe.

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Auctioneer Billy Lombardo sells the crowd on a live auction item. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Associate Board member Carrie Muehle and Sara Connell work the check-in table. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Associate Board President Joseph Doyague and associate board members Kelci Dean and Eric Johnson peddle our Chicago poetry anthology. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Margaret Flynn displays Giano Cromley's handcrafted end-grain cutting board prior to the start of bidding. (Photo by Don Seeley).
A robust audience showed up to support the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's year-end fundraiser at the Beat Kitchen on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Advisory Council members Salli Berg Seeley and Kathleen Rooney enjoy the festivities. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Board member Jarrett Neal raises his paddle. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Founding Executive Director Donald G. Evans and Board President Amy Danzer go over the rules of engagement. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Bily Lombardo and Amy Danzer make a great team. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Actor and author Paul Comas shares a Ray Bradbury excerpt. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Authors Eileen Favorite, Rachel Swearingen, Chris Rice and Salli Berg Seeley swap stories. (Photo by Don Seeley).
ReadAskChat Cofounder and President Carolyn Saper and husband Lonnie Plecha catch up with Don Evans. (Photo by Don Seeley).

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