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  • Wednesday 12th

    November 2014

  • From 06:30 PM

    To 09:00 PM

  • 3052 S. Gratten

    Chicago,

  • Ticket price

    $25

Sullivan Fundraiser At Benton House’s Ramova Room, November 12

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Date:
November 12, 2014
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$25
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Organizer

Sullivan For 11th Ward
Website:
http://sullivan11thward.com

Venue

Unnamed Venue
3052 S. Gratten, Chicago, 60608
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picture of benton house ramova room

(Above: The Ramova Room at Benton House)

Join us Wednesday, November 12th for the latest fundraiser for Maureen Sullivan for 11th Ward Alderman.  This time the festivities kick off at the Ramova Room in Benton House’s north building at 3034 S. Gratten (aka Ma Benton Lane). As with all our campaign fundraisers, expect refreshments, fine beverages and great company.

This time, we gather in the Ramova Room,  one of Maureen’s favorite personal projects from her past ten years of service to the community. Here’s some background on Maureen’s involvement in building the room.

About The Ramova Room And How Maureen Preserved It

In October 2012, when the famous, Dinos-family-owned 83-year-old neighborhood diner  Ramova Grill closed, Executive Director Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago called Maureen Sullivan. He had tried to save the furniture from the diner by placing it with a Greek history museum downtown, but the plan had fallen through.

“Even though I was pretty busy with [releasing] our Bridgeport history book, I dropped everything when Ward called me for help,” said Sullivan.  “I knew how fond the people were of the Ramova Grill, so I wanted to make sure the seats and interior would be kept in the neighborhood. The grill opened in 1929, the same time as the theater, and our community has loved it for generations.”

Added to the furnishings were tables from another shuttered South Halsted dining classic: Healthy Foods.

Sullivan had an idea.  She contacted Benton House and spearheaded the preservation project by supervising, photographing and publicizing the removal and restoration of the Grill’s interior to its new home: the Pearse Hall gymnasium and activities building of Benton House on Gratten St.  Today it’s used as a community center and for Benton House’s many seniors meetings, as well as playing host to its food pantry.

Come on down November 12 for a close look at the preserved history and have a chat with the lady who made it happen: the next Alderman of the 11th Ward, Maureen Sullivan.

 

Photo Credit: We Farm America