Local charity C.A.T.I.F. [Celebrating All That Is Feminine], will be hosting a family-friendly event to benefit The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of North and Northwest Cook County – a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which provides support services to victims of sexual and physical abuse, free of charge.
“We are a fundraising arm for a variety of partners who give back to our community’s women and children,” said Kara Cermak, C.A.T.I.F. president and founder. “C.A.T.I.F. has chosen CAC, an amazing organization for our September fundraiser.”
The 3rd annual Rib and Chicken Cook-Off will feature local chefs armed with their culinary talents. Judges will deliberate and decide the winner, who will receive a $250 cash prize.
Children’s activities will be available including games and crafts, a bouncy house and face painting – as well as a live auction and 50/50 raffle for adults. Live entertainment will be performed by Selective Amnesia and Function Undefined.
Five grants - totaling $2,500 - also will be announced at the event. The seed money for the grants came from C.A.T.I.F. Vice President and Salon Lorrene owner Lorrene Conino. She recently won 2nd place and a $2,500 prize in the Wella Hairdressers with Heart Charity Challenge due to her work with C.A.T.I.F., which she donated back to the organization.
The five grants will provide creative arts programs free of charge through Arts Refreshing the Soul, which assists families in reconnecting and bonding after experiencing crisis. C.A.T.I.F. is hopeful future funding will allow the grant program to continue annually.
Entry to the Rib and Chicken Cook-Off is free and open to the public, and the event will be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2013, on Station Street alongside Lamplighter Inn Tavern and Grille, 60 N. Bothwell Street.To register for the event, and purchase food and activity tickets, visit C.A.T.I.F. online at