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Callie Pieczaris pictured with dollhouse she wVogt Visual Art Center’s Dollhouse Raffle. | Supplied Photo

Callie Pieczara is pictured with the dollhouse she won in the Vogt Visual Art Center’s Dollhouse Raffle. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:10AM



Callie Pieczara, 12, recently received a late Christmas present when her name was drawn as the winner of a new miniature home in the Vogt Visual Art Center’s Dollhouse Raffle.

Each year, the raffle is held in conjunction with the Art Center’s Dollhouse and Miniature Show as a way to raise money for the Tinley Wish Program.

Callie, a seventh-grader at St. Catherine of Alexandria School in Oak Lawn, said she was thrilled to have won the dollhouse.

In fact, when she came with her family to see the exhibit and purchased a raffle ticket, she took a picture of the raffle house with her phone and sent it to her friends to show them what she hoped to win.

Callie got her wish and, as it turns out, the dollhouse is more of a birthday present, as she will turn 13 on Feb. 6. Happy birthday, Callie!

The Vogt Visual Art Center would like to thank everyone who donated to the Tinley Wish Program through the raffle. Almost 300 people took a chance on the dollhouse.

For the past 17 years Tinley Wish has helped the less fortunate in our community. This year, nine families with extraordinary needs received the help they needed.

People helping people — that is what it means to be a community, and we sure know how to do that in Tinley Park.

Downtown Irish Parade

Believe it or not, plans are under way for the 14th annual Downtown Tinley Park Irish Parade.

This year’s parade is scheduled to step off at 2 p.m. March 10.

Last year’s parade was the largest and highest-attended to date. Even with such large crowds, the event went off without incident. It takes a lot of planning and manpower to make that happen.

The village still is looking for groups interested in marching in the parade, plus adult volunteers to help with either the parade lineup or as a marshal to help keep the parade and crowds orderly. For more information, call Tinley Park’s marketing department at (708) 444-5045.

I recall that last year’s temperature on parade day was nearly 80 degrees. It made for a really great day.

I don’t know if we’ll get that lucky again, but I have no doubt it will be a lot of fun.

Fishing and Outdoor Show

If you’ve been itching for some outdoor activities, check out the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show.

Operated by the Tinley Park High School Athletic Association, this show has grown over 19 years to be one of the finest in the Midwest. With more than 140,000 square feet of exhibitor space, there are products, demonstrations and activities the whole family will enjoy.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 at Tinley Park High School, 6111 W. 175th St.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 7 to 13 and free for ages 6 and younger.

For a full list of activities and exhibitors, visit www.tinleyparkfishingshow.com.

Together We Cope

If a fancy night out is more to your liking, you can dress to the nines for dinner and dancing, while supporting a great cause.

Together We Cope is having its Red Carpet Event Dinner-Dance at 7 p.m. March 1 at Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Proceeds from the dinner-dance and silent auction will benefit the Tinley Park-based group, which serves families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburbs of Chicago.

For more information, call Karen Moran at (708) 633-5040, Ext. 7226. Having a good time while helping others — now that sounds like Tinley Park to me.



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