Why We Are Hosting This Event:
The Sugar 4 Spice Author Event is a not-for-profit event that will be a fundraiser for Marcfirst of McLean County. Marcfirst supports people with developmental disabilities and families in McLean County Illinois with opportunities to reach their full potential through a lifetime of meaningful services.
Marcfirst provides a continuum of services and supports for families, children and adults throughout their lifetime including residential, vocational development, employment, high school transition and therapeutic supports for children including the SPICE pediatric therapy services that is a program near and dear to my heart and our community. However, this program is severely underfunded with nearly 200 families in McLean County in 2017 were not able to receive the vital supports for their children because of long wait lists and resource availability. Our goal is to help ensure that every child that needs SPICE service receives such services.
Our Amazing Venue:
Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group in Historic Downtown Bloomington is the place to be on March 7th 2020.
This local farm-to-fork restaurant management group owns three restaurants and a special events ballroom and tower room. We will be using their Ballroom and Tower room for this event which offers amazing floor to ceiling windows with views of our historic downtown on Front Street, a beautiful rustic, brick interior, and a parking garage across the street. Their upscale sushi and Asian Restaurant, Anju Above, will be right across the hallway and we are currently working out catering with them for VIP lunch/brunch with authors, as well as a large dessert spread for the event.
All ticket sale and raffle revenue from this event will benefit the SPICE program of Marcfirst. The Tower Room will be used for a raffle and silent auction of local art works, and the Ballroom will be used for our event. Ticket holders and event participants will have the option to purchase raffle tickets to win a basket and can also bid on the silent auction items. Raffle ticket sales and silent auction bids go directly to Marcfirst.
Hotel and City Details:
Bloomington Illinois is a hub city in the very center of Illinois with a local airport--Central Illinois Regional Airport, as well as the Peoria International Airport less than one hour away. We are at the junction of I-55, US 51, I-39, and I-74 making travel easy. Bloomington is 2.5 hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. There are many hotels near downtown Bloomington that offer extremely affordable rates.
A room block will be worked out in the upcoming months.
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Where: Bloomington, Illinois
Event: 220 E. Front Street (second Floor) Bloomington, IL 61701
***Historic Building with NO elevator access****
Time: Signing and Art Showcase is tentatively planned as:
VIP Enter: 10-11
Author and VIP Lunch: 11-1 (there will be live musical entertainment and a live slam poetry session presented by Lyrical Graffiti during the lunch break farm-to-table lunch buffet will be available)
General Admission Guests Enter- 1-3 (with Desserts buffet themed for books)
Raffle winners announced immediately following
After Party- 21+ cocktail party. Great Gatsby Themed at the Venue 7pm-9pm with jazz music, dancing, themed cocktails and hot appetizers served.
Your Hosts: Authors Krystle Able PA/Author Ebony Simone McMillan, and Blogger Amanda Lee