‘Hats Off’ gala in CL to help children with cancer

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County families who have a child with cancer and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago are the beneficiaries of an upcoming gala.

The “Hats Off For Thomas” Gala has grown since 1988 when, for Christmas, a young boy named Thomas Morton asked for 25 hats for the children going through chemotherapy with him.

Through a mixer, 500 hats were collected.

Years later, now a volunteer-run nonprofit, the group has raised more than $130,000 for Children’s Memorial and provided 17 McHenry County families with up to $8,000 each to cover their expenses. About 10,000 hats have been distributed to children at Children’s Memorial.

The final day to buy tickets for this year’s event is Monday.

The gala will start at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at D’Andrea Banquet, 4419 Route 14 in Crystal Lake, with the silent auction and music. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and will cover the cost of expenses. All the proceeds from the auction and other donations will go toward the families and Children’s Memorial.

To buy tickets, visit itsallaboutkids.info.

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