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Wonder Works to Honor State Senator Don Harmon on November 18 for His Work for Illinois Kids and Families

Gala event will raise money for non-profit children's museum

Oak Park, Illinois - October 27, 2006 - Wonder Works, a children's museum in Oak Park, will honor State Senator Don Harmon for his work on behalf of Illinois children and their families at a gala fundraiser on Saturday, November 18 from 7 to 11pm at the museum. Proceeds from the event will benefit children and families by providing field trips for low-income children from Oak Park, Chicago and the surrounding communities. The event also includes a silent and live auction with comedian and NPR commentator Aaron Freeman.

State Senator Don Harmon (D, 39th district) has promoted an ongoing agenda that supports better educational opportunities for children. He passed legislation to create the Illinois Early Learning Council to improve and expand existing early childhood programs on the state-wide level. "Early learning is the 'holy grail' that holds the key to solving so many social and political problems that today seem intractable - remedial education, economic opportunity, juvenile crime, teenage pregnancy, the entire cycle of poverty," says Senator Harmon. Besides his legislative work, he also volunteers his time and legal talent to non-profit youth groups like Chicago's Street-Level Youth Media, which teaches at risk kids about technology, and Oak Park's Steckman Studio of Music, which uses music education to foster literacy and learning.

A non-profit organization, Wonder Works opened in May of 2003 in a 6,400 square-foot building on North Avenue in Oak Park. The museum fosters the creative spirit in children and families by providing interaction and learning through play. "Wonder Works is celebrating another year of bring a creative and imaginative children's museum for the youth and families of Oak Park and the surrounding communities," said Elizabeth Smith, executive director of Wonder Works. "It is a night to thank our generous and supportive members and funders that help Wonder Works to reach out to so many in the community. Without them, Wonder Works could not be the valuable community resource and tourist attraction that we are today."

The fundraiser will be held at the children's museum, which is located at 6445 West North Avenue in Oak Park. Tickets are $80 per person and $150 per couple; space is limited. For more information on the event, contact Michelle Arnold at 708.205.6467. To purchase tickets, contact Wonder Works at 708.383.4815.

About Wonder Works
Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment, which promotes creativity, exploration and learning through play, intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children up to age 10. The 6,400 square foot museum, located at 6445 West North Avenue in Oak Park, includes exhibits, educational programming, a retail store and a children's party room. The museum is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5 per person and free for members and children under age one. For more information about field trips, birthday parties and after-hours parties call 708.383.4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.