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Cradling Hope

| January 20, 2016 | Parties National

THE PARTY Dressed in their black-tie best, 220 partygoers enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing to live music by Greenlight for the 21st annual Cradle Ball, all at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. THE PEOPLE Among the hundreds of guests: former Saturday Night Live cast member and Wilmette resident Julia Sweeney, who spoke about adopting her daughter in 2001. The evening’s emcee and live auctioneer was Cradle mom Kathy Hart, co-host of Eric and Kathy the morning show on 101.9 FM’s The Mix. THE PINNACLE The fun continued with silent and live auctions offering fabulous prizes, including a vacation in an Italian villa and autographed Blackhawks items. In recognition of companies that support the adoption process by providing their employees with adoption benefits, the agency presented Silver Cradle Awards to 21 exemplary businesses. By the end of the night, more than $130,000 was raised to make and support adoptive families. –Photos by Jonathan Kirn



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