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McHenry nonprofit to host 12th annual 'Holiday Book Review' benefit

Pioneer Center for Human Services seeks to set standards in human services

Dianne Diana walks with her son Andrew, who has nonverbal autism, after dinner on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Crystal Lake. Like a lot of Illinois families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Dianas have had trouble finding services for their son, Andrew, who they had to send to Kansas City for school because they couldn't get the services he needs here. They turned to Pioneer Center for help.
Dianne Diana walks with her son Andrew, who has nonverbal autism, after dinner on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Crystal Lake. Like a lot of Illinois families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Dianas have had trouble finding services for their son, Andrew, who they had to send to Kansas City for school because they couldn't get the services he needs here. They turned to Pioneer Center for help.

McHENRY – McHenry-based nonprofit Pioneer Center for Human Services is accepting reservations for its 12th annual Holiday Book Review event.

“This is the best event in McHenry County to kick off the holiday season!” Pioneer Center Director of Development Amy Hernon said in a statement. “We are so very grateful for all the dedicated volunteers who have been making this event possible for the last 12 years … and for all the attendees who come out to enjoy the festivities.”

This year’s event begins at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 1 at D’Andrea Banquets and Conference Center, 4419 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, with a social hour and raffles, according to a news release from the organization.

Raffle items include more than 50 gift baskets and a grand raffle featuring an LG 55-inch Smart Ultra HD TV, Lake Geneva overnight package, 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro and Ed Levin Swing necklace and bracelet set.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the book review of “Tiny Tips for a Big Life with Jenny Riddle: 8 Books to Inspire, Intrigue, Entertain, Maybe Even Change You.” Riddle is a book dramatist who will provide a fast-paced motivational presentation, including fascinating stories and one-of-a-kind advice from eight bestsellers.

Some of the authors covered include Anne and Kirk Douglas, Lesley Stahl, Sheryl Sandberg and Alan Alda.

Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10.

Donors do not need to attend the benefit to win each of the grand raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased online at www.holidaybookreview.org for $10 apiece or $50 for six. Reservations also can be made online or by calling Marketing & Development Assistant Lori Lattanzio at 815-759-7114.

All proceeds will benefit programs at the Pioneer Center. To find out more about specific programs, visit www.pioneercenter.org.

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