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Witches Night Out a fundraiser for trio of United Way agencies

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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Tiffany Behrens of Channahon is known for her unusual "witch wear" at the annual "Witches Night Out" fundraiser.

Don’t ask Tiffany Behrens, 35, of Channahon, winner of the 2012 Witches Night Out fundraiser costume contest, what she’s wearing to this year’s Oct. 24 event. It’s a secret.

“All I can tell you is that I won’t be your typical black witch,” Behrens said.

WNO is an event made for Behrens, who is handling the benefit’s social media this year.

Her vintage witch outfit – beaded jacket, 1940s striped blouse and an abundance of French jet black jewelry – pleased the judges.

“I even made my own hat from a dress damaged beyond repair,” Behrens said.

Behrens is also lending her creative talents to this year’s WNO, which attracts over 1,000 women in optional “witch wear” from Will, Grundy, La Salle, Livingston and Cook counties.

The event is from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet.

There will be more than 40 vendors at the “witches bazaar,” Tarot card readings, ghost story readings by members of WriteOn Joliet, DJ, cash buffet prepared by Joliet Junior College culinary arts students and cash bar with a special “Witches Night Out” signature drink in a souvenir glass.

Proceeds benefit three United Way of Will County agencies: Lamb’s Fold Women’s Center, Stepping Stones Treatment and Recovery Center and Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.

“It is a fundraiser that is affordable for many who otherwise would not be able to donate for a cause,” co-chair Kathleen Mihelich of Joliet, said. “Too many fundraisers cost $100 or more for a banquet or $50 for a 5K run. This one only costs $15.”

Last year, WNO net proceeds were $24,000. In 2011, it was $18,000. In 2010, it was $16,000.

“Each year we do better,” Mihelich said. “Thanks to the women that participate, all our sponsors and the committee members who had or have successful careers and now want to use their expertise and knowledge in a community activity for others.”

Valet parking is $5. Order advance tickets at witchesnightoutevent@gmail.com. For information visit www.witchesnightout.com.

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