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Tickets on sale for LARC Appreciation Dinner

April 12 is purchase deadline for April 26 dinner tickets

information provided by LARC

LANSING, Ill. (March 27, 2019) – LARC, a not-for-profit organization serving individuals with special needs, will host its Annual Appreciation Dinner on Friday, April 26, to recognize various employees, clients, and volunteers for their accomplishments during the past year. The event will be held from 6:00–10:30pm at the Serbian Social Center in Lansing.

The Serbian Social Center is located at 18550 Stony Island Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Event tickets are $55 each, or $400 for a table of eight. April 12 is the last day to purchase tickets. Call 708-474-1540 to reserve tickets.

The ticket price includes dinner, complimentary cocktails, music and dancing, raffles, and an impressive silent auction. This year’s event features a newly added half-carat diamond raffle, valued at $1,500, courtesy of James and Sons Fine Jewelers. Diamond raffle tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 each, and the winner need not be present.

This year’s Silent Auction features a variety of donated gifts with a comprised value of over $10,000. Items available for bid include live production tickets, electronics, family attractions, fitness classes and memberships, wine tastings and baskets, household items and décor, overnight stays and getaways, sports tickets, and celebrity and sports memorabilia.

All proceeds will support more than 100 individuals with special needs in programs that promote job training and employment, daily life skills enrichment, senior care, 24-hour residential services, and special recreation.

“Come and join us for a great time at the Serbian Social Center,” says Ernie Gonzalez, Executive Director. “Funds from this event will help individuals in our community served by LARC realize their hopes and dreams.”

LARC Director Ernie Gonzalez (left) gave Mayor Patty Eidam a tour of the LARC campus last March, prior to the 2018 Appreciation Dinner. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

For more information, please contact the LARC Development Office at 708-474-1540, or visit

About LARC

Originally formed in 1956 as a school for children diagnosed with mental retardation (the Lansing School of Special Education), LARC has grown to provide day training, work activities, and senior programs to approximately 100 adults with developmental disabilities from across the Chicagoland area. LARC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization located at 19043 Wentworth Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.

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