Last year’s event was such a success that co-chairs Christie Helm and Kristen Meyers once again organized this year’s Sherry Party to be held at The Green Goddess Boutique on Wednesday, December 7.
Christie and Kristen both got involved with the Hinsdale Auxiliary of CH+A three years ago. “The cause of underprivileged children tugs on our heartstrings,” they both agree. “We are so grateful for all that our families have and to live in our wonderful community that we wanted to give back.”
Each a mother of three, Kristen serves as publicity chair on the auxiliary board and Christie brings her energy and talents as
a visual artist and interior designer to her contributions.
Children’s Home + Aid was founded in 1883 by Reverend Van Arsdale, who said, “There are children without families and families without children. It shall be my task to bring them together!” He thought the answer to this need could be found in placing the orphan in a reliable private home and is credited with originating the concept of the foster home.
CH+A’s ongoing mission is to improve the lives of children and families throughout Illinois. As a leading social service agency, they serve nearly 40,000 children and families in need each year, delivering more than 70 social service programs throughout 40 Illinois counties.
The Sherry Party was named as such because women used to drink sherry from dainty copitas, tulip-shaped sherry glasses, while socializing and raising funds to help needy children.
The only price of admission to attend the Sherry Party is a new unwrapped toy appropriate for children 5 and under. Suggestions include: infant musical toys, developmental toys, puzzles, building blocks, toys and trucks, Dora the Explorer and African-American dolls, and winter clothing.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Guests are encouraged to shop that night, as 10 percent of all proceeds of The Green Goddess Boutique sales go to CH+A. The boutique makes shopping eco-friendly as all of its products are “sustainably chic.”
“We’ve searched worldwide to find the coolest jewelry, hippest handbags, and latest accessories from trendsetting designers who care,” says owner Elyce Rembos. Virtually everything sold in the store is recycled or repurposed, supports green, cruelty-free, small industry and global fair trade, and companies that have a heart.
Shop their imported collection of tops, accessories, candles, and gifts: leather poufs and vintage trays from Morocco; silver inland jewelry from Tibet; hand-woven knits from Bali; modern-day charms, talismans, and ancient coins; symbolic jewelry, crystals, and precious gemstones to layer. A portion of the store’s proceeds benefits The Green Goddess Charitable Foundation.
The toys and funds raised at the Sherry Party benefit the children at the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child + Family Center and the Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child + Family Center. Both centers provide priority enrollment to children considered at-risk, including children of adolescent parents, victims of child abuse and/or neglect, and children from very low-income households. Approximately 98 percent of families served earn below $25,000 per year, with more than 30 percent earning less than $15,000 annually.
The Children’s Home + Aid logo expresses its mission best: A child nestled in the arms of a butterfly is given “wings to fly.”
The Sherry Party will be held at The Green Goddess Boutique, 52 S. Washington Street in Hinsdale on Wednesday, December 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected], or visit childrenshomeandaid.org or thegreengoddessboutique.com.
—Words by Elaine Doremus Slayton