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Matthew Murphy
Murphy Capital Advisors, LLC
(312) 474-6496
10 S. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Cicily Maton
Aequus Wealth Management Resources
(312) 664-4090
303 W. Erie, Suite 311
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Divorce Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Leisa Aiken
Veo Financial Counsel, LLC
(312) 265-2220
10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Kristopher Johnson
Timothy Financial Counsel, Inc.
(312) 602-9755
10 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, 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®

Cheryl Krueger
Growing Fortunes Financial Partners, LLC
866.550.PLAN (7526)
200 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

William Keffer
Keffer Financial Planning
(312) 239-1403
222 S. Riverside Plaza, 29th Floor
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, MBA, CRPS

Mark Berg
Timothy Financial Counsel, Inc.
(312) 602-9755
10 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, 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®

Mary Claire Allvine
Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc.
(312) 346-3647
200 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Joseph Harowski
Smart Choice Financial Planning, Inc.
(312) 893-5426
125 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 300,
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Lazetta Braxton
Financial Fountains, LLC
(888) 683-4093
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

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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