Fundraiser to showcase the magical world of vintage Murano

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Maribel Weisz of Antique Resources and Stephanie Sarris of Bellehaven Designs will celebrate Italian American Heritage Month by hosting a charity event they’re calling “Che Bellezza! An Evening of Italian Culture and Murano.” The fundraiser will run from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Antique Resources, 1741 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.

Boasting the largest collection of antique chandeliers in the Midwest, Antique Resources recently added a wide array of antique and vintage Murano glass chandeliers and accessories to its collection. “Maribel was so excited about her new Murano pieces, I suggested we host a party so people can find out more about these marvelous works of art,” Sarris says.

Attendees will learn about the different types of Murano glassware and how to distinguish real items from fake ones. Refreshments will be served, and a fundraising raffle will offer prizes that include a $1,000 gift certificate for anything in the store.

The event should be of particular interest to the Italian-American community, Weisz says. “People collect antiques from their ancestral homes for various reasons,” she notes. “Antiques provide a tangible connection to the past and link to a time and place that holds meaning. An evening surrounded by the magical glow and glimmer of Murano chandeliers and other rare, historical Italian pieces scattered throughout the shop will provide endless Italian delight!”

A portion of the ticket proceeds will help restore the spectacular 1:100-scale replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia. To reserve your tickets, click here.

For more about the replica, click here.


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