Sullivan’s Sets Stage For Arranmore Center for the Arts’ Fundraising Face-Off
Naperville, Ill. – It may not be the O.K. Corral, but Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Naperville will definitely be home to a battle— for a good cause. On Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30pm-9:30pm, pairs of local business and media personalities will prove their behind-the-bar chops at the Sullivan’s “Fundraising Face-Off” in support of Arranmore Center for the Arts (ACA), a local non-profit that brings unique arts programming to the suburbs.
The event is free, with all tips and a percentage of alcohol going toward ACA’s feasibility study. “This study will give us the foundation we need to create more programs, more entertainment and more educational opportunities for adults and children throughout the region,” says ACA founder and president, Shannon Greene Robb.
“Arranmore is a pretty bold and innovative project,” says Troy Smith, general manager of the Naperville Sullivan’s Steakhouse. “To bring this type of culture to our area will definitely separate us from other communities here and across the US.”
Arranmore Center for the Art’s artistic director, Lara Filip will serve as emcee for the evening. She and fellow singer/actress, Sophie Grimm (sister to American Idol Top 25 finalist Reed Grimm) plan to perform crowd favorites with the Sullivan’s house band.
The celebrity bartender pairings are sure to provide entertainment as well:
- Downtown Naperville Alliance’s executive director, Katie Wood will go head-to-head with Christine Jeffries, president of the Naperville Development Partnership and creator of the “Christini.”
- A match-up between Leah Rippe of Naperville Magazine and Patch.com’s Steven Jack will prove, once and for all, whether drinks are best served in print or online.
- John and Tim Greene from john greene Realtor will make this friendly competition a family affair.
Hosting the event was an easy decision for Smith. It provides an opportunity to give back to the community that has supported Sullivan’s through a tough economic season. Smith will also debut the Sullivan’s Private Label Cabernet that evening in honor of ACA’s Cabernet Cabaret 2012 season which kicks off June 9th at Arranmore Farm in Oswego.
“That’s what makes Naperville so unique,” Smith says, “local businesses and local non-profits working together.”
Find out more about Arranmore Center for the Arts and the 2012 Cabernet Cabaret Concert Series at www.arranmorearts.org.