Fundraiser to benefit Mayslake Peabody Estate

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites supporters of Mayslake Peabody Estate to Glad Rags and Giggle Water, a 1919-themed fund raiser, from 7 to 11 p.m. on June 7 at the estate at 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.

The evening will include a silent auction, period hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and vignettes featuring styles, music and entertainment trends from 1919, the year World War I ended, Prohibition in Illinois began, and Francis Stuyvesant Peabody commissioned the design of his Tudor Revival-style mansion known today as Mayslake Hall.

Tickets are $65 each and are available through May 28 at dupageforestgiving.org/giggle or 630-206-9588. All proceeds will support the Mayslake Restoration Society.

“Every restoration project reveals more of Mayslake Hall’s beauty and creates usable space for the community,” says site manager Janneke Fowers. “At Glad Rags and Giggle Water, guests will see how past fund raising efforts have benefited the library and solarium and how the evening’s proceeds will help with brick and plaster work and the restoration of windows and a terra cotta chimney in the back courtyard.”

The 39-room Mayslake Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Mayslake Peabody Estate, which includes the hall and the Portiuncula Chapel, is a community resource that hosts Restoration-in-Progress tours, lecture series, musical performances, educational programs and theatrical performances by First Folio Theatre. For more information, visit dupageforest.org/mayslake.

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