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Top Hat Ball

Marklund will host its annual black-tie Top Hat Ball on Feb. 1 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Themed, “An African Adventure,” the event will allow guests to touch, feel and take pictures with live animals, and see African dancers, theatrical “monkey butlers and a bell and antler herd, and enjoy African-infused appetizers and drinks. Tickets are $350 per person. For more information, visit marklund.org or call (630) 593-5445.

Sweetheart Dance

The 19th annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago, to benefit The Children’s Medical Research Foundation. The evening will include a four-course dinner, dancing to the music of the Michael Lerich Orchestra, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $250. For more information visit www.curekirby.org or call (708) 784-0631.

Tablescapes

The Hinsdale Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago will hold its annual Tablescapes event 11 am.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Marriott Burr Ridge, 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy, Burr Ridge. This year’s theme is “‘Life is a Story, A Journey from Cover to Cover.” Table designs will feature classic novels. All table settings will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Infant Welfare Clinic of Chicago. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at www.HinsdaleTablescapes.com beginning in January. For more information, visit www.infantwelfaresociety.org/hinsdalechapter.html.

Queen of Hearts

Misericordia Women’s League will host its 18th annual Mis Queen of Hearts event on 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 8 at Drury Lane, 1000 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Activities casino “gambling,” silent auction, live auction and live music. Tickets are $175. For more information, visit www.misericordia.com or email mparsons71@comcast.net.

Crystal Ball

West Suburban Symphony will host its annual Crystal Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at the Burr Ridge Marriott, 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy, Burr Ridge. The evening will include dinner, open bar, live and silent auction, and live music by the Strung Out band. Tickets are $80. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.westsubsymphony.org.

Have a philanthropic cause or event?

Send a notice to Laura Amann at lamann@pioneerlocal.com. She can send you guidelines to follow for submitting information for inclusion in the online Save the Date calendar and for post-event coverage. After the event, please provide a press release and high-resolution photographs (with full names and hometowns) of guests. Please include photographer’s name to ensure proper credit.

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