It takes more than good wishes to change the world

Like all county parties, we get no financial assistance from the Illinois Democratic Party or the Democratic National Committee. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since it also means we are independent of all outside influence. We call the shots and stand or fall on our own efforts. That's pretty cool.

But it does mean that we have to raise money at the local level. We don't need millions of dollars to be successful, but we do need enough funding to support our voter contact program, candidate training and support, internal operations (like this website), meeting space rent, liability insurance and many other incidentals. We raise money in two ways: direct appeal (i.e. donations), and special events. We host fundraising events several times a year to inspire, educate and entertain. Those events are often the first exposure many of our members have to the local party. We try to keep the events affordable and fun. We hope you will find the time to attend one of these events.

We also hope you will make a direct contribution to the party, either on-line, or by check made out to The McHenry County Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 1126, Crystal Lake, IL 60039. Thank you so much for your support!

Friday, January 31, 2020 at 06:00 PM

"Support for Four" Chili Eat & Greet Fundraiser

Support for Four is an open house supporting 4 local candidates:
Elizabeth Vonau, Jeannie Ridings,
Kim Crum Klein and Suzanne Ness who will be there to share information about their individual campaigns.

Drop by and sample some chili while showing your support for these great candidates! There is plenty of parking so stop by between 6 and 9 before or after you enjoy the attractions of Downtown Crystal Lake. Sample some chili, meet the candidates and make a donation to show your support. Door prizes will be drawn every half hour.

You must RSVP to attend. See the link below for your free ticket.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 01:00 PM

Chocolate Fest 2020!

Chocolate Fest 2020

Please join us in support of Kristina Zahorik

at the annual Chocolate Fest fundraiser at a NEW location. 

Join Friends of Kristina Zahorik at a local chocolatier for this year's Chocolate Fest. Indulge in craft donuts, dipping chocolates, and KZ's infamous chocolate chili.

Tickets begin at $35 per person / $50 per couple

Use the Paypal link or checks payable to:

Friends of Kristina Zahorik, 8 Fenview Ct., Oakwood Hills, IL 60013

RSVP at: or  

Paid for by Friends of Kristina Zahorik 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 06:00 PM

2020 Jefferson Dinner - Save the Date!

Spring into Action at the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Dinner

Democracy is in bloom!

Save the date to join us as we spring into action in this critical election year.  This event raises the funds needed to grow our Party and get good people elected.  Don't miss the biggest celebration of McHenry County Democrats of the year on March 28, 2020, at 6 pm in the Drendel Ballroom at Sun City, Huntley.

Socialize at a cocktail hour that includes a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Then enjoy a 3-course dinner followed by dessert and coffee. Still just $90/person or $900 for a table of ten.

We always have a star-studded speaker's podium and will sell out fast.  Tickets will go on sale February 7th.

If you cannot attend, spring into action by following us and making a donation.

Volunteers are needed to help with the event and/or donate items for the silent auction. Sign up here.  

Items we are seeking include:

  • Unused items like movies, books, original artwork, jewelry
  • Airline tickets, trips or tours
  • Sports or theater tickets
  • Democratic spirit wear
  • Gift cards
  • Professional services
  • Adult beverages
  • Empty baskets

No item is too small (they can be grouped with other items for a great combined auction item). 

A peek at the evening program:

  • 6:00 p.m. — Registration and cocktails
  • 6:45 p.m. — Seating for Dinner 
  • 7:00 p.m. — Speakers and presentations

Dinner Menu

Soup and salad, choice of London Broil or Chicken Marsala, baked potato, dessert and coffee (Vegetarian and special diet options available on request)

The Democratic Party of McHenry County