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Brian Rezny
Rezny Wealth Management, Ltd.
(800) 618-8577
2287 Foxboro Lane
Naperville, IL
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Patrick Doland
Reason Financial Advisors, Inc.
(630) 807-9009
1717 N. Naper Blvd, Suite 200
Naperville, IL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Brian Conroy
SAVANT Capital Management, Inc.
(630) 208-0010
330 West State Street, Ste 3
Geneva, IL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mark Berg
Timothy Financial Counsel, Inc.
(630) 681-0700
1749 South Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Craig Larsen
AHC Advisors, Inc.
(630) 762-8185
303 N. Second Street, Suite 24
St. Charles, IL
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Entrepreneurs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

Mark Gilbert
Reason Financial Advisors, Inc.
(630) 807-9009
1717 N. Naper Blvd, Suite 200
Naperville, IL
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MBA

Sean Sebold
Sebold Capital Management Inc.
(630) 548-9700
400 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Entrepreneurs, Alternative or Private Investments, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Liane Warcup
Clarus Financial Planning
(630) 492-1244
312 W. State Street, Suite 106
Geneva, IL
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MPPM

Kristopher Johnson
Timothy Financial Counsel, Inc.
(630) 681-0700
1749 South Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mark Smith
Smith Financial Advisors Inc.
(630) 510-3262
1755 S. Naperville Road, Ste 100
Wheaton, IL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Fundraising ideas

Looking for clever fundraising ideas? Here's one: The Smithtown Historical Society offers a fun spin on popular casino nights. The event's co-chair offers the secrets of the party's success.

For the past five years, on the first Saturday night in March, residents of Smithtown, New York, have enjoyed a dress-up night of "gambling" at the Society's "Naughty Night Out," a Roaring Twenties-themed fundraiser.

Naughty Night Out

"We came up with that idea because we wanted something a bit different than the usual Las Vegas and Monte Carlo nights," says 2006 event co-chair, Deanna Varricchio, Smithtown's receiver of taxes.

Each year, the event draws about 125 attendees and nets between $6,000 and $8,000, says Varricchio. The venue for the 2006 event was the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch, in Hauppauge.

Accent on Fun

One reason for the event's success, she says, is the contrast between the sedate nature of the Society's mission--to preserve the historical heritage of the Township and of Long Island--and the raucous, fun-filled frivolity of the evening's activities.

One of the biggest attractions was "In and Out of Jail," which involved "imprisoning" prominent members of the community in a "jail" built by a talented local contractor. (See photo above). "People could pay $5 to bail the prisoner out, or $5 to keep him or her in jail for a while longer." It's easy to figure out what most people chose to pay for, she jokes.

Gambling, of course, was the major money-maker of the evening. Classic Casino Productions, of Wantagh, which has run the event's casino operations from the beginning, provided card tables and a range of casino equipment, including a real slot machine donated by the company and auctioned off at the end of the evening.

For the $125 cost of admission, each attendee got $200 worth of play money, says Varricchio. Soon thereafter, people could buy $500 more play money for $20. And later in the evening, the same $20 bought $1,000 in play money.

"Bootleg beverages" were offered throughout the evening and the pacing of the food service was carefully planned, Varricchio notes. Guests arrived to hors d'oeuvres being passed, and platters of cheese, nuts, and fruit placed at stations around the room. At 9 p.m., a hot buffet was served. Seating was intentionally limited and tables were small. "The whole idea was to keep people gambling," she explains.

Naughty Night Out also featured a Chinese auction and a number of door prizes. "This event has become familiar to local merchants, who have been very generous in their support," she says, referring to the range of gift certificates, merchandise, and services donated to the organization--including a dinner cruise on one supporter's private yacht.

Costumes more popular each year

One trend Varricchio says she's noticed is that every year, more people arrive in full '20s regalia. "At first, the only people in costumes were those running the event," she recalls. "This year, about 75% of the women were in c...

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