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Cocktails in the Park to support Batavia MainStreet

Tammy and Michael Schiesl enjoy a picnic as they listen to the live music during last year's Cocktails In the Park in downtown Batavia. The event will return July 22 along the Fox River as a benefit for Batavia MainStreet.
Tammy and Michael Schiesl enjoy a picnic as they listen to the live music during last year's Cocktails In the Park in downtown Batavia. The event will return July 22 along the Fox River as a benefit for Batavia MainStreet.

BATAVIA – The fundraising spotlight will be on a nonprofit whose role is to build community and business opportunity in downtown Batavia. Supporting Batavia MainStreet’s mission will be Cocktails in the Park at 7 p.m. July 22.

The sixth annual evening will be set along an idyllic stretch of downtown riverfront, with musicians and small plate specialties from nine local restaurants served in a Ravinia-style atmosphere. Some tables will be available, but people are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and their own small, outdoor tables for the occasion.

About 400 guests are expected, said Heather Kochen, who co-chairs the benefit with her husband, Justin.

“It’s a really gorgeous night,” Heather Kochen said. “It’s a pretty unique opportunity.”

She said Batavia MainStreet does so much to create and promote events that bring people to the downtown and help revitalize local businesses. The fundraiser will double as a showcase of Batavia restaurants.

For Cocktails in the Park, two musical acts will be featured.

Among the participating restaurants will be Gaetano’s, River’s Edge, Pal Joey’s, Bar Evolution, Enticing Cuisine, Salsa Verde, Bernie’s Bully Dogs, Gammon Coach House and Batavia Creamery.

Available for purchase with cash or credit will be libations from three beverage sponsors: Fox River Distilling in Geneva, Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, and Samuel Adams.

Heather Kochen said this marks the fourth year she and her husband are co-chairing.

“It’s fun to be involved together … giving back to the community,” she said.

Two raffles also are part of the evening. A $50 ticket includes event admission and a one-in-200 chance to win $2,500 in a cash prize drawing. And $20 tickets are available for a chance for a single winner to take home cocktail mixers, spirits and bar ware.

The benefit’s sponsors include Boyce Body Werks and Gerald Subaru, plus BMO, A Mirror Image, Fox Valley Values and Deals, Music Matters, Advanced Disposal and the Kane County Chronicle.

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If you go

WHAT: Batavia MainStreet’s Cocktails in the Park

WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. July 22

WHERE: Appleton Park, along the river just east of the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave.

COST: $25 in advance or $30 at the event

INFO: Advance tickets can be purchased at downtownbatavia.com; Batavia MainStreet office, 4 W. Wilson St.; or eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-in-the-park-fundraiser-tickets-34756543758, with information at 630-761-3528.

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