News Template'Christmas in July' Event to Raise Support for Holidays

July 13th, 2023
For Immediate Release

‘Christmas in July’ Event to Raise Support for Holidays
Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry event to provide 2023 holiday meals for area households

AURORA, IL - On Saturday, July 29th, from 6 - 9 p.m., a ‘Christmas in July’ themed fundraiser to benefit Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry’s annual Holiday Meal program will be held at O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery, 701 Hill Avenue in Aurora IL.

Guests will enjoy appetizers, a Christmas photo booth, raffle prizes and more.  Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at Guests are invited to wear an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ or dress as their favorite Christmas movie character to win prizes.

Event organizers are grateful to Konen Insurance, RC Wegman Construction and Old Second National Bank for their generous sponsorships.

Holiday meal support is requested for 2023, as the numbers of local households in need of supplemental nutrition are rising in lockstep with inflated costs of goods nationwide.  Marie’s Pantry volunteers provided 2.7 million meals to nearly 87,000 guests in 2023. This year, the rate of first-time visitors registering at each of the food pantry’s 3 weekly service locations has been steadily increasing every week.                                                             


About Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry & Garden
Since 1957, Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry volunteers have provided weekly nutrition support for Aurora area households in need. Special programs are available for students, veterans, seniors and persons challenged with disabilities.  Free cooking classes in Marie’s Garden are open to the public.   
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