The New Trier Democratic Organization raised about $30,000 during its annual dinner in Northbrook on Sunday.
Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, speculated to be a contender for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president, was the featured guest of the night.
The evening's mood ranged from light-hearted, with bidding on several Democratic momentos -- a bow-tie worn by the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon and an apple pie baked by state Rep. Karen May, D-58th, to name two -- to serious, with Edwards speaking about national poverty and homelessness before a crowd of 300.
The dinner, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, is the New Trier Democratic Organization's only large fundraiser, Finance Director Joan Berman said.
Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, did not disclose his future political campaign aspirations, said Anne Wedner, a member of the New Trier Democratic Organization.
Also, they missed out on the chance to include a photograph of me shaking Edwards' hand that someone from the Pioneer Press took while there. Too bad, because I would have liked a photo of that for myself.