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Reservations being taken for Holiday Book Review

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 11:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 11:53 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – The Holiday Book Review benefiting Pioneer Center for Human Services is accepting reservations.

The event, in its eighth year, will take place Dec. 6 at D’Andrea Banquets in Crystal Lake. 

And because of its popularity, coordinators have expanded the day to include an evening version.

The afternoon event still will include all the favorites, including a lunch, basket raffles, a cash bar and a hilarious dramatic book reading. 

The evening event will have an assortment of scrumptious tapas, dessert stations and a cash bar. Another variation will be that the afternoon has reserved seating, while the evening features general seating unless a full table for 10 is reserved.

Barbara Rinella, renowned book dramatist will present “Elizabeth the Queen, The Life of a Modern Monarch” by Sally Bedell Smith.

For the afternoon event, a social hour and raffles begin at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin after lunch. For the evening event, a social hour and raffles begin at 5:30 p.m., food stations open at 6 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.  

Afternoon tickets are $40 and evening tickets are $50.  Tables of 10 are available for both events.  Attendees should make note that for the evening, the only way to have reserved seating is to buy a full table of 10.  

Raffle prizes this year include an Apple iPad 2, VIZIO 50-inch Class LED Smart TV, a home wine tasting for 20 with appetizers by 1776 Restaurant and a seven-day Cozumel vacation package that includes a $1,500 allowance for travel or activities. 

To make a reservation or buy grand raffle tickets, visit or call 815-759-7144. 

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