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Editor's Notebook: Come out for 'An Evening of Random Acts'

I am going to expand my job skills Sept. 10. That is when I will be a celebrity bartender during “An Evening of Random Acts” at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles.

Other celebrity bartenders at the Random Acts Matter event will include St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina; Rob Mondi of Abby’s Breakfast and Lunch; Paul Lencioni, president and general manager of Blue Goose Market; Gloria Bunce, executive director of CASA Kane County; Joe Schuldt, bartender at Rox City Grill; and pageant winner and lifestyle model Marlaine Smith.

The event, which takes place from 4 to 8 p.m., will include entertainment from Riley Elmore, a vocalist and performer on “The Voice,” as well as jazz from St. Charles North High School students and more.

Attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket or preorder a ready-made basket.

Tickets cost $50 each. Information can be found at www.randomactsmatter.com.

I had the chance to ask Jim Di Ciaula, founder and president of Random Acts Matter, a few questions about the event. Here is an edited transcript of our email conversation.

Kathy Balcazar: Why did Random Acts Matter decide to host “An Evening of Random Acts” on Sept. 10?

Jim Di Ciaula: There are two primary reasons. One is to increase the awareness of Random Acts Matter, along with our vision and mission. Vision – community helping community. Mission – instigate and mobilize our community to provide care and compassion through random acts of kindness and support. The second is to bring the community together in an effort to raise funds in support of our vision and mission.

Balcazar: What will proceeds from the event go toward?

Di Ciaula: The proceeds will be used to fulfill random acts of kindness and service throughout our community. We are a 501(c)(3), and all of our board, officers and volunteers are all nonpaid roles. As such, all funds raised go directly back to our community to provide care and compassion via random acts of kindness and service.

Balcazar: How would you describe the group of celebrity bartenders?

Di Ciaula: Our local celebrity bartenders are active members of our community who are committed to serving and providing a better place to live and call home. As such, their support of Random Acts Matter is in direct alignment with the vision and mission of RAM. 

Balcazar: Why should people attend “An Evening of Random Acts”?

Di Ciaula: “An Evening of Random Acts” is going to be a fun evening of entertainment and community joining together for a cause. The evening will be filled with four musical performances for the attendees to enjoy, and the funds raised from ticket sales and donations throughout the evening will go to furthering RAM’s work of fulfilling random acts of kindness and service for those in need of care and compassion. Attendees will also learn more about RAM and how they, too, can be part of the RAM effect!

Kathy Balcazar is weekly group editor for the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald and Suburban Life Media, and is a member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kbalcazar@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at ninaonline.org.

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