Tara Joseph’s amazing group of friends helped in her quest to raise more than $200 for the Lupus Society of Illinois by dining at Prairie House Tavern recently. A Lupus survivor, Tara, of Buffalo Grove, hosts annual fundraisers for the organization. Prairie House Tavern of Buffalo Grove donated 25 percent of meals and drinks to the organization. The money Tara and others raise helps to research a cure for the disease, pay for support groups, and help pay for treatment for those individuals who can’t afford it.

 “I have a great support system. Lupus doesn’t define me but it does alter my life. It’s good for others with this disease to see that they aren’t alone,” she said.