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Angels & Divas

'Glamour Day' moves to Morris to accommodate popular event

Addy Ely shows off her nails that were painted by Sarah Sheperd at last year's Little Diva's Glamour Day, a fundraiser for Angels of Hope.
Addy Ely shows off her nails that were painted by Sarah Sheperd at last year's Little Diva's Glamour Day, a fundraiser for Angels of Hope.

The second annual "Little Diva's Glamour Day," planned Saturday, April 14, has moved to a new location this year.

Angels of Hope, Inc. is holding Little Diva's Glamour Day at the Franklin Cosmetology Institute in Morris. Last year, the event was held in Coal City. The event raised about $3,000 for Angels of Hope.

"We're excited to hit a different area, being in Morris," said Jamie Sikora, Angels of Hope president.

The event is being held in two time slots — 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Cosmetology Institute, 514 Franklin St., Morris.

"I think the time slots this year are going to be a relief from last year," said Valerie Tucker, Angels of Hope member. Last year's event was open throughout the day and resulted in long lines for the activities.

Angels of Hope is an organization based out of Coal City to help anyone dealing with the emotional or physical absence of a child. It was established in 2005, and helps in many ways, including a Creating Miracles grant to assist couples with infertility procedures and an Everlasting Footprints grant to help those who have lost a child with burial and headstone fees.

A ticket to the Little Diva's Day is good for one little girl 12 and under and one chaperon. The $12 ticket includes a hair style, manicure and bracelet making station for the little divas, a photo of the little and big diva, refreshments and access to the "girly-girl" vendor show. Guests who do not want to be pampered can come just for the shopping for $3 per person.

Tickets are pre-sale only and about 135 have been sold, said Nicole Ulivi, Angels of Hope park committee co-chair. Tickets are limited. To purchase a ticket, call Nicole Ulivi at (815) 735-9381.

The vendor show will include items for sale by companies catering to women and girls, such as booths with jewelry, hair accessories, clothes and more. The show list includes Trendy Girl, Stitches by Jordan, Sarah Fisher Glass, Sweet Pea Boutique, Avy Girls Boutique, 31 and Pampered Chef.

"There will not only be stuff for little girls, but for the moms, too," Tucker said. "We tried to gear the vendors toward what the feedback was from last year."

Last year was the event's first year, and the community really responded, Sikora said. With more than 300 attendees, participants had to wait in long lines for services and activities.

With the new location at the cosmetology school, the institute's students will be doing the little divas' hair, so there will be twice as many hair stylists working and participants shouldn't be waiting nearly as long, Sikora said.

Because the facility is on three levels, no strollers can be allowed at the event.

"We're really grateful to the Franklin Cosmetology Institute for letting us hold the event there, because not only are the students getting hours as they volunteer, but our little divas won't have to wait so long because there are 18 of them who will be doing their hair," Sikora said.

"The little divas are going to have an even better time this year," she continued.

In addition to the vendor show, there will also be raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to Angels of Hope's general fund to be used either for maintenance and beautification of its memorial park or for the grants.

The group holds a vigil every Dec. 6 around the Angel of Hope statue, located in Campbell Park in Coal City. The statue was dedicated to Coal City in October 2006, in order to provide a place for all those who have lost a child to remember their loved ones.

The organization also sells memorial bricks around the angel statue. The upcoming deadline is Aug. 1.

For more information on Angels of Hope, visit

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