The ladies at Kankakee’s Zonta Club step out in their witch hats and spooky costumes for Wicked Night Out 2021. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on October 14 at Manteno Golf Club, 7202 N. 4000East Road, Manteno.
Net proceeds from the event will benefit Harbor House, Clove Alliance, Fortitude Community Outreach and Zonta International projects aimed at improving the status of women, locally and internationally. Fundraising is in line with Zonta International’s mission, which is to empower women around the world through service and advocacy.
Zonta Club of Kankakee president Kelly LaMore and former president Janice Krizik Schmidt – who is in charge of the club’s communications and public relations – are eagerly awaiting “Ladies’ Night in Support of Women.”
The evening includes music, dancing, food concessions and a cash bar. Enter the costume contest for a chance to win a prize. Tickets cost $ 25 per person and are available at bit.ly/wickednightout21.
âIt’s just a fun night to decorate your witch hat, do a little shopping, get away from it all,” LaMore said.
“These are women who help women,” said Krizik Schmidt. “Dust off your brooms and pointed hats and come join us.” “
Service and advocacy
Represented in 63 countries with more than 29,000 members, Zonta International even has consultative status with the United Nations.
In addition to working with local non-profit organizations focused on women’s issues, the Kankakee club also works on various projects at the national level that support women while working with women around the world. Krizik Schmidt and LaMore are expected to attend an international conference in Germany next summer to review current projects and plan future projects.
Part of the national and local work includes initiatives based on education, combating domestic violence and raising awareness of adolescent marriage issues.
The group, present in the region since 1956, meets once a month at the Manteno Golf Club. State Attorney Jim Rowe came to club meetings to make presentations on relevant topics, such as domestic violence education and awareness.
âWe continue to work in these areas because we know there is a lot of need in Kankakee County, especially right now,â said LaMore, who added that Harbor House and Clove Alliance have reported an increase in cases of domestic violence due to the pandemic.
The club has supported Fortitude Community Outreach for three years, but started working directly on projects with them last year.
“It’s not just men who are homeless, it’s also women, and one of the issues is health needs,” said Krizik Schmidt, who said a group of volunteers from Zontian one night per month in a shelter, and they have packets of sanitary ware called “Dignity Packages”.
Schmidt, who has been with the group for nine years, and LaMore, who has been with the group for 15 years, said they appreciate the mix of “time, talent and treasure” found within Zonta. Kankakee Club.
âWe have talent in different ways, and that’s what makes it great,â said LaMore, who shared that the local club has 35 members. âSome people are more creative, some are more organized while others are good at raising sponsorships. So we need everyone.
The group is planning a new event for members in November and hopes to host a fundraiser in the spring. For more information on the club and how to join, visit @zontakankakee on Facebook.