Hinderman: Esposito’s Haunted Faire
By Laura Hinderman Citizen Journalistfirstname.lastname@example.org October 11, 2012 3:38PM
Gianna’s cousin, Guy Macarol, has again penned
a poignant poem to
reflect on his dear cousin and friend:
Whenever the tree branches speak in their hushed voices,
You can hear her rustling in the wind.
Whenever stray cats find shelter from the cold October nights,
You can see her curling in the shadows.
Whenever a photographer closes her shutter,
A little piece of her gets developed.
Whenever you wake up to see the sunrise,
You know she’s watching it with you.
Whenever you’re alone, without a person in sight,
You can still feel her there with you.
Whenever people gather to share stories,
Remember times past, and love one another — you can be with her memory.
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:16AM
The family and friends of Gianna Esposito are busy organizing the third annual Haunted Faire.
Gianna’s friends and family have gathered together since her passing to raise money to benefit many worthy causes, such as Sertoma Centre and Take-A-Bow performing troupe, and to establish a scholarship to Columbia College Chicago in her name.
Gianna was 18 years old and a freshman at Columbia College Chicago when she succumbed to liver failure in 2008, and since then, those closest to her have filled the void of her absence with many altruistic endeavors. Sweet, kind, gentle and clean-cut, Gianna would have turned 22 in July.
In past years, the costume ball has been quite wonderfully attended, and the entertainment, prizes and success achieved have been overwhelming. This is a banner year in their fundraising effort, in that the Columbia College Chicago scholarship funding needs to be met this year.
“Please help us reach our goal this year to commemorate Gianna with a spot on the endowment wall at Columbia College,” said organizers Rick and Laura Macarol, also Gianna’s uncle and aunt, in a joint statement.
Columbia College Chicago is where the love of arts brought Gianna to study. Incredibly talented in both photography and music, Gianna found Columbia College to be a perfect fit. The Gianna Esposito Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to keep Gianna’s memory alive, and to help current and future attendees of the college finance their studies.
Last year’s theme was reminiscent of the television program “America’s Got Talent” and was called “America’s Got Talent, and Then There Is Us!” Volunteers were recruited from Gianna’s large pool of relatives and friends to parody various celebrities.
NBC 5 Chicago meteorologist Andy Avalos served as emcee and performed a spot-on Dean Martin, and Gene and Vicki Esposito, Gianna’s parents, performed as Ozzy and Sharon Osborne.
As the finale at the event, all attendees who were dressed as rock stars were invited on stage to perform a rendition of “We Are the World” in which aging rock stars of the 1980s beg for the audience to “download their songs on iTunes.”
The shows are entertaining, and at the same time bittersweet. We can look forward to a return of Avalos as emcee, and he will likely perform, as well!
This year’s event will again be a costume party and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26 at Orland Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park.
There will be special performances, a variety show during dinner, a costume contest, raffles, split-the-pot, a silent auction and DJ services by Joe Stephen. This year’s auction includes sports collectibles and memorabilia. Last year video gaming stations courtesy of Game Pazzo were provided and may make an appearance again this year.
The cost is $30 for those age 15 and older; $15 for children ages 7 to 14; and free for children age 6 and younger. The cost includes a full family-style dinner, coffee, tea and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available. Attendees must buy their tickets by Oct. 22.
For donations, ticket information or other information about the event, contact Laura or Rick Macarol at (708) 403-4072 or by email at email@example.com.