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Dekker: Tinley Park sisters thrilled at winning dollhouse

The Schudt girls (left right) Elizabeth 6; Sarah 10; Grace 8 enjoy their Tinley Park home new dollhouse ththey wVogt

The Schudt girls (left to right) Elizabeth, 6; Sarah, 10; and Grace, 8, enjoy at their Tinley Park home the new dollhouse that they won in the Vogt Visual Arts Center's annual dollhouse raffle. | Julie Dekker/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 17, 2014 10:48AM



Three Tinley Park girls had their holiday wish come true at the end of January when their names were chosen as the winners of the dollhouse raffle at the Vogt Visual Arts Center.

The Schudt girls — Sarah, 10; Grace, 8; and Elizabeth, 6 — let out a chorus of “hurrahs” when they received the news, according to their mom, Melissa Schudt.

“Our family really looks forward to seeing the dollhouse and miniature at Vogt each year,” she said. “The girls didn’t have a dollhouse and were excited at the thought of possibly winning one of their own.”

For the past five years, the Vogt Visual Arts Center in downtown Tinley Park has raffled off a new handmade dollhouse during its annual Dollhouse and Miniature show as a way to raise money for the Tinley Wish program. The show is held each December and January and has become a regular stop during the holidays for families and miniature enthusiasts.

The handmade dollhouses for the raffle have been generously donated by Orland Park resident Don Larson and, in the past, by Frank Stinn, a volunteer at the Vogt Center.

“The girls are thrilled with their new house,” Melissa said. “We haven’t figured out how we’ll furnish it yet. Right now, it’s filled with My Little Ponies and they’re (daughters) having a great time.”

Garden Gallery

The Garden Gallery and Studio, 175th Street and Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park, has announced that tickets for its Fiat 500 Convertible Raffle are on sale. Bettenhausen Fiat of Tinley Park generously donated a new, bright yellow Fiat 500 convertible to Garden Gallery for the fundraiser.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Garden Gallery and Studio or on its website, www.gardengalleryandstudio.com. The drawing will be held at the art gallery’s summer fundraiser, the Super Sunny 5K Walk and Roll-a-thon, on June 7 at Newcastle Park in Burbank.

More information about the walk/run can be found on the website as well. All proceeds from the ticket sales go toward residential and vocational services for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities at Garden Center Services, the parent organization of Garden Gallery and Studio.

If you haven’t visited Garden Gallery, you might want to stop in at one of its open houses, which are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Together We Cope

If you would like to help another charitable organization and have a lot of fun at the same time, consider attending Together We Cope’s annual Red Carpet Event dinner-dance, which starts at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Your ticket price includes an open bar, dinner buffet and live music and dancing.

There also will be raffles galore, and a pair of diamond earrings, a 55-inch TV and a 10-inch computer tablet are among the items. There will also be a silent auction for great prizes, including pro sports tickets, vacation packages and dozens of gift baskets.

For more information and tickets, contact Together We Cope at (708) 633-5040 or visit its website at www.togetherwecope.com.



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