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Nicole Meding (left), of Mokena, and Michelle Nunez (right), of Highland, Ind., wear Happy New Year crowns Dec. 31 during a New Years Eve party at CD&ME in Frankfort, which included a buffet dinner by Scrementi’s, a premium bar, a champagne toast at midnight and live music by Five Guys Named Moe.
Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
7:45 pm CST January 3, 2020

Before the doors at CD&ME opened for the 2020 New Years Eve party on Dec. 31, CD&ME co-owner Dean Vaundry had to made sure everything was perfect — about 200 people were booked for the evening event.

CD&ME has been hosting the annual party for 15 years. When guests began walking in, they were greeted by Vaundry standing next to the iconic lamp from the film “A Christmas Story.

One of the first guests, New Lenox resident Alyssa Robedo, received a big hug from Vaundry. 

“I did my first fundraiser because of her,” Vaundry said.