40 North 'Untitled' fundraiser planned
CHAMPAIGN — The 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts Council has reinvented its annual fundraiser with "40 North Untitled." Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 for what the arts agency is billing as a "late-night event" at the Orpheum Theatre in the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St.
Celebrating Champaign County arts and 40 North's mission of cultivating creativity, the event will bring together art lovers, supporters and the public for mingling and entertainment.
Proceeds from the event of the year will benefit the council and its programs including the Boneyard Arts Festival, the ACE Awards, the Eric Show, Friday Night Live, Sky Gallery, MTD ART and more.
Guests will be treated to live performances combined with DJ and dancing, a French crepe dessert bar, pastries, a complimentary cocktail bar and specialty coffee drinks.
Weiskamp Screen Printing will be on hand to sell custom T-shirts, with guests able to select from unique designs to support art and creativity in Champaign County.
Additional fundraising opportunities include an original art sale featuring work by local artists, a Wine Wall raffle and more.
"Art, in any form, is something to be celebrated by all walks of life," 40 North executive director Kelly White said. "We wanted to make this event engaging and accessible so that a larger part of the community can embrace and celebrate the importance of fostering creativity in Champaign County."
Ticket-buyers who dine out the evening of Feb. 28 at Farren's Pub & Eatery, Big Grove Tavern, Esquire Lounge or Wedge Tequila Bar & Grill will see 20 percent of their bills, excluding alcohol, donated to 40 North and its programs.
Tickets to the event are $40 per person or $70 per couple and may be purchased by visiting 40North.org, calling 351-9841 or dropping off a check at 40 North offices, 106 S. Neil St., C. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb. 24.
Sponsors include Michaels' Catering, All the Hits Q96, Country US 105.9, Sunny 95.3 and ESPN Radio 93.5, Busey, Carle, and Jim and Cheryle Turner.