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Submitted by The Bridge Teen Center
4:28 am CST February 15, 2020

The Bridge Teen Center is to hold its annual Chefs’ Auction fundraiser on Thursday, March 5, at Silver Lake Country Club.

All money raised will support The Bridge’s free programs for local teens.

This year’s Chefs’ Auction is to feature 14 restaurants representing several local communities, a live auction, an online silent auction and a special night that will kick off The Bridge’s year-long 10th anniversary celebration.

Featured Orland Park restaurants include Cooper’s Hawk, Rocco Vino’s, Chuy’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Joey’s Red Hots, Texas de Brazil, City Barbeque and new restaurant participant P.F. Chang’s. A number of restaurants from neighboring communities also will participate in the upcoming event.

Tickets to the 2020 Chefs’ Auction have sold out; however, anyone can support The Bridge Teen Center by bidding in the online silent auction. Auction items include sports memorabilia, event tickets, unique experiences, family excursions and many other unique packages.

One unique experience includes being taken to school in a fire truck, compliments of Orland Fire Protection District. Other items and packages were donated by Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Oxygen Med Spa, Dive Right In Scuba, Lisa Thomas Salon, James & Sons Fine Jewelers and many more.

The online silent auction is set to begin Monday, Feb. 17, and ends at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Winning bidders not present at the event must pick up their items at The Bridge Teen Center by Friday, March 13. With greater than 100 lots being featured in the silent auction, bidders can place bids from their mobile devices. Bidders may register online by texting “chefs2020” to 76278 or by visiting Chefs2020.givesmart.com.

The Bridge Teen Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit community center that was designed around the needs and interests of teens in the suburbs. The Bridge provides free, holistically-designed after-school programming and a safe environment for Friday night entertainment. Monthly programs that help parents navigate through the teenage years also are offered.

To date, 8,500-plus unique students from 128 different communities have been served by The Bridge. The Bridge receives no government funding and is supported by individuals, businesses and foundations in the community.

For more information about The Bridge, visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org or call (708) 532-0500.