Metro-East Living

You can check out this banquet, quilt show, these non-profit fundraisers and more

Tickets to the Kaskaskia Valley ‘Son’s O’ Bucks’ banquet will be on sale until July 22. They may be ordered online at
Tickets to the Kaskaskia Valley ‘Son’s O’ Bucks’ banquet will be on sale until July 22. They may be ordered online at Steve Nagy

‘Dress an Angel’ program

Salvation Army’s 26th annual “Dress an Angel,” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 at the Salvation Army Center, 20 Glory Place, Belleville. This program allows children to choose an outfit for the upcoming school year. They also receive a gift certificate to purchase a pair of shoes.

To participate, a child must be between the ages of 4-12, a resident in St. Clair County east of Highway 157 and register during one of the following times at the Salvation Army: 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. Thursday, July 27 and 1-7 p.m. Friday, July 28.

The required information at registration includes: parent picture identification, social security cards for household adults, birth certificates and medical cards for all persons in household, proof of residency like a recent utility bill or lease agreement and proof of income like a pay stub or social services printout. Information: 618-235-7378.

One hundred quilts

St. Francis of Assisi Church in Aviston hosts a quilt show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Parish Center is at 251 S. Clinton in Aviston. The quilt show will have one hundred quilts, including “Sangria,” which is made of 10 materials and 13 blocks and is the subject of a contest to correctly guess the number of pieces in the quilt. Admission is $3 and includes cookies, brownies and tea, coffee and lemonade.

A small number of odd-sized quilts will be for sale, as will quilt tops and potholders of “orphaned blocks,” says Mary Schulte, of the Parish. One such quilt started as a partial top destined for the burn pile, until a Parish member “took it from the trash and finished it and it’s beautiful,” she said of the hand-quilted appliqued quilt.

On Aug. 5, St. Francis hosts a church picnic that includes quilt bingo, with every game winning a quilt.

Information: or call 618-228-7219.

Friends of Wings Illinois fundraiser

The fourth annual Butterfly Beginnings will take place from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Commons of Lewis and Clark College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. This event features cocktails, dinner, shopping, “The Butterfly Giving Tree” and a style show. Reservations cost $45 for adults and $20 for children.

Proceeds from this event benefit the BJC Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Wings, and Wings on Wheels — a mobile music therapy program that serves metro-east communities. Wings is a non-profit that provides clinical, emotional and practical support and services to children who have progressive or life-threatening conditions. Information:

‘Dancing with Our Stars’

The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will have its 9th annual “Dancing with Our Stars” fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Mt. Vernon Hotel and Event Center, Mt. Vernon. Tickets cost $45 and must be purchased by Monday, July 24.

This event features a cocktail hour, dinner, auction and a dance competition. Proceeds go to the Girl Scouts to provide financial support, maintain and improve camps and develop leadership programs for approximately 12,400 scouts in southern Illinois. Information: 800-345-6858 or

Whitetails Unlimited event

The Kaskaskia Valley ‘Sons O’ Bucks’ banquet is 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. The banquet includes a buffet, auction and prizes. Tickets cost $45 each and $20 for a spouse or child. The reservation deadline for tickets is July 22.

Whitetails Unlimited is an organization that focuses on conservation, educational programs and preservation of shooting sports and hunting traditions. Information: or 618-567-1344.