The witches are coming — for charity
By Jaime Angio Correspondent October 21, 2013 8:26PM
Attendees make their way inside for Witches' Night Out, a United Way fundraiser, at the Renaissance Center Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 214 N. Ottawa St. in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
“Witches Night Out” is from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the historic Joliet Junior College Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet.
Tickets are $15.
Valet parking is $5. Order advance tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.witchesnightout.com.
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:02AM
Witches. They come in all forms. Eclectic, Beguiling, Evil, Diva-like.
They are thought to have villainous magic powers.
And more than 1,000 of them will fly into Joliet Junior College’s Historical Renaissance Center this week, on their brooms with their black cloaks and pointed hats in tow, for the 4th Annual Witches Night Out fundraiser.
Note, you can also valet your broom Thursday night. But most importantly, evil is not the spell they are going to cast. These witches are good witches.
They’re coming to pay-it-forward.
By attending Witches Night Out, they are helping other women and children. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit three United Way Agencies: Lamb’s Fold Women’s Center, Stepping Stones Treatment and Recovery Center and Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Co-Event Organizer Kathy Melich, of Joliet, says Witches Night Out is an affordable night out and gives ladies a chance to resurrect Halloween fun.
“In tough times, people sometimes just cant afford to give,” said Melich. “You don’t have to spend anymore money, that $15 is going to go towards to the agencies.”
“As we get older, we have an opportunity to dress up once in a while, we love Halloween. All of our kids are gone and we used to dress them up and now it’s our turn.”
Witches will mingle, they will laugh and they can eat-drink-and shop, like the queens they are.
Witches will have the opportunity to sip on signature drinks such as Bat’s Blood Martini’s, Raven Red and Spider White wines and dine on an exquisite cash buffet provided by Joliet Junior Colleges’ award winning culinary arts students.
And there will be no shortage of exceptional merchandise to choose from with the 40-plus vendors on-hand all set up to dazzle the witches eye.
They can have their tarot cards read and enjoy ghost stories provided by WriteOn Joliet. They can also get their dance on to the tunes spun by a DJ, fitted for witches.
Witched out? Never.
There will be costume contests, raffles and prizes. But don’t fret if you don’t have the money for an elaborate costume, Witchin’ it can be done at the dollar store. After all, it’s not about what you wear, it’s how you wear it and who your wearing it for.