All-night party looks to be hit with kids
Communitywide New Year’s Eve All-Night Party
For: Fifth- through eighth-graders
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 8 a.m. Jan. 1.
Where: Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. Route 45
Cost: $60 ($40 for each additional sibling)
Sign-up: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or go to the event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/libertyvilleallnighter
Updated: November 26, 2012 7:20PM
LIBERTYVILLE — Youth ringing in the New Year together will help a local baseball team ring up cash for an East Coast trip.
The first Communitywide New Year’s Eve All-Night Party will be held at the Libertyville Sports Complex for fifth- through eighth-graders.
“A lot of parents look forward to going out, but there is always the issue of what to do with the kids,” said Dara Dietmeyer, one of the event co-chairs. “And for kids, they wind up watching TV and falling asleep.”
Dietmeyer came up with the idea for the event after thinking about her baby-sitting days.
“When I was younger, I made a lot of money baby-sitting on New Year’s Eve,” Dietmeyer said. “I thought (the All-Night Party) would do well as a fund-raiser.”
She presented the idea to Colleen Scopacasa, event co-chair, and other moms, and they agreed to give it a try.
Proceeds raised through the event will go toward financing a weeklong baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. for the Libertyville 12U Orange team. The tournament entrance fee is $12,900, and other team fund-raisers are planned, including a Dec. 14 Poker Night.
Dietmeyer hopes the event is a success and becomes a regular holiday tradition, regardless of who sponsors it.
While at the Libertyville Sports Complex and supporting a Libertyville baseball team, organizers note that it is not a Libertyville-only event. School districts in Gurnee, Grayslake, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Green Oaks, Deerfield and Lincolnshire have all posted the event flyer in their virtual backpacks or community news. The Kessel Heat travel basketball team and Mundelein Junior Football League and Cheerleading have also posted notices about the event.