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Young Girl Remembered for Her Warm Hugs Continues to Inspire Others

Avery Schiff Foundation fund-raiser at Fitz's Spare Keys will raise money to make life a little brighter for other struggling families.

Little Avery Schiff overcame many obstacles in her 5 1/2-year life. She suffered from a congenital heart defect, as well as other problems, but she was always ready with a smile and a hug for those around her. Avery passed away in her sleep in 2010, according to an article in Suburban Life, and her family has kept her memory alive by setting up a foundation to help other families dealing with medical challenges.

According to the Avery Schiff Foundation website:

"Avery will always be remembered for her huge heart, her loving spirit, and most of all her incredible hugs. She was such a loving girl, and we would love to be able to share some of that love using this foundation."

The Avery Schiff Foundation, which is run by Elmhurst residents Elissa Peterson and Nolan Schiff, Avery's parents, supports the families of children with special needs and congenital heart defects. Its goal is to ease the financial burdens associated with a child's medical treatment, as well as brighten the lives of those children.

On Sunday, Feb. 10, the foundation will host a fund-raiser at 2 p.m. at Fitz's Spare Keys in Elmhurst. Not only will participants be able to enjoy beverage discounts, appetizers and discounted bowling, they will be able to take home their own, hand-painted 16-by-20-inch "hug and love-inspired" masterpiece.

You don't have to know how to paint—instructors from The Twisted Easel will provide canvas, paint and instruction. Everyone is welcome, but only those 21 and older who have registered will be allowed to paint. Fifty painter spots are available, but bring the whole family for bowling and food.

The cost to paint is $50 and includes a glass of beer or wine and appetizers. Fitz's Spare Keys is located at 119 N. York Road in Elmhurst.

RSVP on the Avery Schiff Foundation Facebook page, or email Nolan Schiff, at Nolanjschiff@gmail.com.

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