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WWII-Style Dance to Benefit Soldiers' Angels

Here's some information about a benefit for Illinois Military Families and Soldiers Angels:

World War II-style dance will help soldiers, families

A 1940s-vintage dinner dance will be held Friday, April 29, in Woodridge will help raise money to aid today's soldiers and their families.

The Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundation, Inc. and the Woodridge Jaycees are showing their support and thanks to soldiers and their families through the Operation Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, set for 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 29, at The Signature Room at Seven Bridges, 6440 Double Eagle Drive (Mulligan Drive and Route 53), in Woodridge.

Operation Guardian Angel is designed to create and help sustain awareness of programs that engage the community for the benefit and support of military families. Door prizes, a silent auction and drawings for themed gift baskets are also planned. Suggested attire includes fashions from the 1940s, or red, white, and blue clothing. Tickets are $50 each, with a 10 percent discount for reserved tables of 10. All tickets will be pre-sold.

The night's featured entertainment will be The Grand Avenue Big Band, which showcases a female trio in the style of the Andrews Sisters. Their 18-member orchestra plays a full repertoire of 1940s music from the big band sounds of swing and jazz standards to the soft, romantic ballads. Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, as well as representatives from the Illinois military community, have been invited to attend as special guests of the Jaycees.

Deployment and mobilization create many special concerns for military families, and the nation cannot aspire to negate some of the fears associated with war, said Annette Inzinga, project chairman of Operation Guardian Angel.

"We can band together as a community, as 'guardian angels,' to watch over the families of our brave men and women in uniform," she said.

Proceeds will benefit the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund and the Soldiers' Angels Foundation. Call (630) 971-3844, or e-mail [email protected], for more information.