Joliet grassroots event raises $160,000 for 6 Will County agencies
By Denise M. Baran-Unland | Jan. 3, 2023
Wendy Hill, a program director for the Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community, is said she’s awed at how the “witches” can turn a fun night into funds that support local agencies that serve women and children.
Hill is referring to Witches Night Out, a two-day October ladies night out event in Will County, where thousands of attendees come out in elaborate witch costumes to mingle, enjoy witchy foods and drinks, and shop from a variety of vendors from handmade items.
FIRST NIGHT OF “WITCHES NIGHT OUT” A SUCCESS
By Monica DeSantis | Oct 18, 2018
The first night of “Witches Night Out” is really the second night and it was a success. The 9th annual “Witches Night Out” has become one of Will County’s premier fundraising events. Last month, tickets were sold out in minutes for Thursday, October 18th. Organizers added a second night of Wednesday, October 17th and it too sold out. The weather co-operated and it was fun night filled with music, food, drinks and shopping.
Women owned businesses sell soaps, artsy crafts, clothes and more at the Jacob Henry Mansion.
WITCHES NIGHT OUT ADDS SECOND NIGHT FOR OCT. 17
By Bob Okon | Sept 17, 2018
Witches Night Out tickets sold out so fast last week that event organizers decided to add a second night.
On Thursday, 1,500 tickets were sold in 45 minutes once they went on sale.
So another round of tickets will go on sale for a second Witches Night Out, starting at noon Thursday.
“We are expecting to sell out again with how widespread our event has become,” said Jenna Crago, media chairman for the event. “We’ve had calls and requests for two Witches Night Out for the last two or three years.”
WHERE ALL THE GOOD WITCHES GATHER
By Denise M. Baran–Unland | Aug 5, 2018
The witching hour. Some sources reference midnight, some 3 a.m.
But in Joliet, the witching hour comes but once a year. For 2018, it’s 4 p.m. Oct. 18, the date and time of the 9th annual Witches Night Out, a unique grassroots fundraiser that’s raised a total (so far) of $242,000 for local organizations that benefit women and children.
Its founders, former Joliet resident Kathy Mihelich (left, who returns every year for WNO) and Judy Erwin of Plainfield (right, who’s still a co-chair) modeled the event after a ladies night out, non-benefit counterpart they’d seen in another town.