BATAVIA – The Underwear Party is a lighthearted new way to support Batavia’s Adopt A Family holiday campaign. The inaugural party will be thrown by the Batavia Lions Club and will be hosted by Bar Evolution from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14.
“We have been supporting the Batavia United Way’s Holiday Adopt A Family for several years with a cash donation,” Lions Club Vice President Lori Wilson said. “And with that cash donation, they have been able to purchase last-minute incidentals.”
Wilson said people who buy gifts for children through the Adopt A Family campaign usually purchase more exciting items, such as toys, boots or apparel instead of “boring underwear.”
She said Melinda Kintz, executive director of Batavia United Way, told her there remains a big need for socks and underwear. Eager to devise a fun concept that involves the wider community, Wilson said she and Kintz came up with the party idea.
“Bar Evolution’s John Hamel is so gracious and generous with the community,” Wilson said. “We kind of told him about the event and what we’d like to do. He took it and ran with it, [saying], ‘I will give complimentary appetizers, and we’ll have drink specials.’ I think it’s going to be a great success.”
Bar Evolution is located at 27 N. River St., and no reservations are required for party guests.
Admission will be either $10 at the door or the equivalent in new packages of underwear or socks for toddlers to teens. The event flyer said the club seeks “boxers, briefs, sporty, girly – tops and bottoms.”
Wilson said she hopes guests will be moved to donate both ways for the cause. She said Hamel suggested raffles be part of the evening. Every guest will receive a free raffle ticket and can purchase additional ones. They can be placed into drawings for different gift baskets.
She said most people are familiar with Lions Club efforts to help people with vision and hearing impairment.
“[But] Lions International’s important platform is to help children around the world and in our own communities,” Wilson said.
The annual Adopt A Family campaign is in progress, Kintz said. She anticipates helping 98 families again this season.
“We just loaded up a pickup with more coats this year [and] The Holmstad generously has given us space again to [organize them] by size and gender,” Kintz said.
The coats were donated by Judy and Michael Huddleston, a Batavia couple who run an online business called Snowsuits for Kids. Kintz said the donation, which also includes infant snowsuits, will help people who adopt families spend their money on other items on the kids’ wish lists.
Coordinated by Batavia United Way, Adopt A Family focuses on children in need who have been pinpointed by Batavia school district counselors who help put together the kids’ personal wish lists. Organizations, businesses and individuals participate.
To adopt a family, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate, one may mail checks payable to Batavia United Way or gift card contributions to Batavia United Way, P.O. Box 372, Batavia, IL 60510. Donations also can be made online at bataviaunitedway.org/adopt-family. Any donations specified for the Adopt A Family program are used only for that project.
How to help
WHAT: Adopt A Family seeks gift cards and monetary donations to brighten the holidays for Batavia children in need.
HOW: Give gift cards for movies, to Funway in Batavia, or for a family meal out, or gas cards for teens, or write a check payable to Batavia United Way with Adopt A Family in the memo line.
INFO: bataviaunitedway.org, 630-877-2780