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Children’s Museum to host Casino Night

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn will host its annual Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. March 15 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

The event is one of the museum’s largest fundraising events, according to a release from the museum, which says its mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education.

Among the items that can be won are a trip to Disney (with airfare and a condo stay) and a weekend stay at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa (including two rounds of golf and two spa treatments), and tickets to a Bulls game and other sporting events, the release said.

“This type of event really puts the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraiser,’ ” museum executive director Adam Woodworth said in the release. “And it helps us raise funds for new exhibits and programs.”

One exhibit the museum is working on is focused on disability awareness. The idea stems from Woodworth’s own experience working with kids with disabilities.

“My son was born with cerebral palsy,” he said in the release. “I think as a parent of a child with a disability, you gain a newfound appreciation of a person’s abilities rather than their disabilities. We all have disabilities; some are just more obvious than others.”

The first focus of the new “What if ... ” exhibit will be about hearing. Children will be able to learn basic sign language, and there will be a variety of other activities focused on hearing impairment, according to the press release. The second phase of the exhibit will focus on vision.

“We have a lot of plans beyond hearing and vision,” Woodworth said in the release. “Events like the Casino Night fundraiser will help us bring these exhibits to life.”

To register for the event or become an event sponsor, email Danait@cmoaklawn.org, call (708) 423-6709, Ext. 204 or visit www.cmoaklawn.org. Tickets are $55 for individuals and $100 for couples until March 11, when the cost of each goes up by $10.

The museum is at 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn.

Staff report



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