The Sugar 4 Spice Author Event will be a fundraiser for Marcfirst of McLean County. Marcfirst supports people with developmental disabilities and families in McLean County Illinois with opportunities to reach their full potential through a lifetime of meaningful services. Marcfirst provides a continuum of services and supports for families, children and adults throughout their lifetime including residential, vocational development, employment, high school transition and therapeutic supports for children including the SPICE pediatric therapy services that is a program near and dear to my heart and our community. However, this program is severely underfunded with nearly 200 families in McLean County in 2017 were not able to receive the vital supports for their children because of long wait lists and resource availability. Our goal is to help ensure that every child that needs SPICE service receives such services.
Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group in Historic Downtown Bloomington is the place to be on March 7th, 2020. This local farm-to-fork restaurant management group owns three restaurants and a special events ballroom and tower room. We will be using their Ballroom and Tower room for this event which offers amazing floor to ceiling windows with views of our historic downtown on Front Street, a beautiful rustic, brick interior, and a parking garage across the street. Their upscale sushi and Asian Restaurant, Anju Above, will be right across the hallway and we are currently working out catering with them for VIP brunch with authors, as well as a large dessert spread for the event.
All ticket sales and raffle ticket sales of this event will benefit the SPICE program of Marcfirst. Ticket holders and event participants will have the option to purchase raffle tickets to win a basket. You must be present to win. 100% of Raffle ticket sales and event ticket sales benefit Marcfirst. We are asking that each author, as part of their table fee, donate a raffle basket for this event and certain ticket levels include raffle basket tickets.
Signing is tentatively planned as:
10am-12pm catered, EXCLUSIVE brunch for All ACCESS VIP and Authors musical performance and a poetry slam featuring poets from IWU's Lyrical Graffiti. (This portion of the event is for guests 21+ only and included with the ALL ACCESS VIP pass which also includes our after party. Alcohol is available for purchase during both portions of this event.)
12pm- 1pm early shopping with the authors for ALL ACCESS VIP and VIP Ticket holders
1pm - 3pm access for general admission ticket holders
3pm-3:30pm raffle drawing - must be present to win
4pm-7pm Dinner on your own (we suggest at the restaurant downstairs or across the hall at Anju Above!
7pm - 9pm Great Gatsby themed cocktail party with appetizers in the ballroom with jazz music and cash bar with themed cocktails.