Fourth Annual Night at the Museum will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities
VOLO — It’s time again for the once-a-year opportunity to enjoy an after-hours tour of the Volo Auto Museum — while also supporting a key charity alongside Batman, Thor and more.
The Fourth Annual Night at the Museum will be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 27582 Volo Village Road. The event hosted by Costumers With a Cause has raised thousands of dollars during its first three years, and organizers are counting on this year’s sum to be their best yet.
The beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, is new this year. The event raised more than $5,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in years past.
“We try to switch it up,” said Chrystine Shelton, head of the Midwest branch of Costumers With a Cause. “We actually do a good amount of work for RMHC visiting the kids in costume.”
Characters expected to be on hand this weekend include a ’66 Batman, Batgirl, Flash, Ghost Rider and an assortment of Star Wars characters as well as a variety of princesses. “We also welcome the villains to this event — we make them sign a temporary truce with the heroes for the night — including Riddler, Catwoman and Hela,” Shelton said.
The minimum donation requested mirrors the museum ticket prices of $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 5 to 12. But more is welcome; all proceeds go to RMHC, said Brian Grams, museum director.
“This is always such a fun, incredibly family-friendly event,” Grams added. “Those who attend really enjoy it, and we’re hoping that moving it from a Friday to a Saturday will make it more convenient for guests to participate.”
Regular Volo Auto Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum features roughly 400 classic, muscle, Hollywood cars and more. For other information, call 815-385-3644, find Volo Auto Museum on Facebook or visit volocars.com.
Costumers With a Cause is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with members who create elaborate costumes they wear at children’s charity and other events fostering community growth and unity, according to the group’s Facebook page. Members particularly enjoy Night at the Museum as they can portray characters associated with museum exhibits such as the Batmobile collection, the Star Wars landspeeder and more, Shelton said. Other information about the group is available at costumerswithacause.org.
Suggested caption: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Donatello greets visitors during a previous Night at the Museum. All proceeds from this year's event will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The public is encouraged to attend from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road. Costumers With a Cause will pose for pictures with guests. Regular museum admission ($15 for adults and $9 for children 5 to 12) is the minimum donation. For an additional $5, visitors may have their photo taken inside the Batmobile.