Holidays are hectic and all that regular rhetoric, but there are some great parties, great causes to support and great excuses to get together with the good people in your life. You can find all three at 2016 Jingle Balls this Sunday, December 11th as we debut the new at410 event space. We’ll run through the details so you know exactly what to expect, but here’s the most important thing: Whether it snows or snows, you’re gonna wanna be here.
When: 5-10 PM (or whatever) this Sunday, December 11th. Come for the whole time or swing by for a spell. Bring husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, family, whatever. Come early and stay late. Come late and stay early. Swing through or breeze through.
Where: 410 N. Paulina. It’s a big, two-story building and the door you’ll be going through is in the little parking lot. They’re double glass doors on a north facing wall. It’s our new home and this is its debut. If driving is your jam, the parking is very easy around here. Cyclists can lock their bikes up to the black fence around our parking lots. The Green Line, Ashland and Grand buses are great for the CTA savvy.
Food and Drink: We’ve got ya covered and we’re taking the suggested donation approach. There will be plenty to eat, drink and enjoy. If you’re digging in, consider something in the $20 range. If you’re dabbling, follow your heart. Cash is king and @AmericanBocceCo is our Venmo account.
For beer there are cases upon cases of assorted New Belgium Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing and Tiger We’re all over the wine, too: Pure Wine has supplied us with a variety case of reds and H2Vino came through with loads of Gougunheim Torrontes as a crisp, white option. Of course, we’ll have some hard stuff, too. Fernet Branca and Jim Beam will be on hand for the ripping and Nolet’s Gin and Ketel One vodka there for the sipping.
To eat, Buck’s Chicago is hookin’ it up with a pan of perfectly fried white meat and a pan of perfectly fried dark meat, biscuits for days and a big bowl of macaroni and cheese. Chop Shop is sending, like, 50 feet of sandwich our way. We’ll pick up some chips and what not, too.
If there’s something you want to bring to the party, we get it and we won’t be stopping ya.
Raffle for nonprofit: We like to align ourselves with likeminded organizations at all levels. DEA Nation is a nonprofit organization that we’ve organized a little raffle around at 2016 Jingle Balls. DEA Nation is a new non-profit organization in the Chicago area that runs affordable social, athletic, and academic programming for kids. In a little over a year of operation, DEA has programs growing all over the suburbs and here in Chicago. One-hundred percent of donations made to DEA Nation go to sponsoring families in financial hardship into our programs and every $59 donation sponsors one child into a social, athletic, or academic program of their choosing.
American Bocce Co. roots are in the importance of inclusion and participation in the community of competition and DEA Nation maintains and spreads those same values. As such, we’ll be raffling off team entry to an ABC league, a framed “Our Lady of Bocce” print and a Super Swag Pack. Moët et Chandon has donated a bottle of Moët and a bottle of Veuve Cliquet Rosé and there are some beautiful Napa reds from Vintage Winebow (as well as a v nice scotch). The awesome restaurants St. Lou’s Assembly in the Fulton Market District and Charlatan in Noble Square have each donated generous gift cards. That’s not all, but the rest you’ll have to wait and see in person at the party.
Playing Bocce: The court near the entrance will be free to use. We’ll organize some free 2-v-2 tournament play and allow for open play, too. More courts will open up as the night goes on and more teams are eliminated from the CA$H tournament.
Having fun: Do it.