Handcrafted dollhouse to be auctioned at fair

SYCAMORE – Pay-It-Forward House will host its eighth annual Meet Me at the Fair fundraiser on Saturday, July 20. The old-fashioned, family-oriented fun fair includes kids’ games, bounce houses, food, storytelling and musical entertainment by the Black Tie Jazz Trio. Food and entertainment are free. There are raffles for children and adults and a silent auction.

Tours of the house and grounds and information about volunteer opportunities will also be available.

Each year since Meet Me at the Fair began, Lane McMillion has donated a handmade dollhouse for the silent auction. This year’s creation is built in the Queen Anne style that was popular at the turn of the last century, when the home that houses Pay-It-Forward House was built.

“Lane does such beautiful work. There are some very lucky little girls in northern Illinois who have such unique dollhouses to play with now and to pass along to their own children one day,” said Jea Nae Remala, executive director of Pay-It-Forward House. “From the detailed gingerbread trim to the wallpaper in the bedrooms, Lane pays special attention to make sure it is just right.”

Pay-It-Forward House, NFP is a health care hospitality house that offers a caring and supportive home-away-from-home for family and friends of patients receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County. The house is located next door to Kindred Hospital, an acute care hospital whose specialty services attract patients from all over Illinois and surrounding states. Due to the critical nature and lengthy stays of these patients, their loved ones often travel long distances to spend the day with them. Having an affordable and welcoming place to stay right next door is a blessing for families who would not otherwise be able to be with their patient each day.

“We also serve families from outside the area who need a place to rest while visiting a patient at Kishwaukee Hospital, as well as families who are visiting a local hospice patient and need a place to stay,” Meet Me at the Fair chairman Bart Desch said.

“Being able to stay in affordable accommodations is often what makes it possible for family and friends from afar to come say goodbye to a loved one receiving hospice care.”

Meet Me at the Fair is a way for Pay-It-Forward House to thank its supporters each year, Desch said. Corporate sponsorships and the proceeds from the raffles and silent auction help to cover about 10 percent of the house’s annual operating costs, so it is also an important fundraiser.

Other items in the silent auction include VIP seats to watch the 2013 Pumpkin Festival parade and local gift certificates. Bidding will run from 3 to 5:30 p.m. the day of the fair.

Meet Me at the Fair

3-6 p.m. July 20

Pay-It-Forward House

719 Somonauk St., Sycamore

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