The social swirl will become decidedly less formal in a few weeks, with cover-ups and jeweled flip-flops replacing high heels and gowns, and long weekends at the lake house a respite from high-powered events in glittering ballrooms.
Here is our yearbook of amazing events that the residents of our community planned and enjoyed to raise money for so many worthy causes.
These Giving Back opportunities have come to define the rhythm of social life in our towns, and while many local philanthropists also make an effort to support large, national, or Chicago-based organizations, these are the hometown favorites.
DERBY DAY PARTY
The Hinsdale Auxiliary Board of Children’s Home + Aid (May)
Bright dresses, seersucker suits, mint juleps—all the trappings of a proper Derby Party timed just right to enjoy the newly warmer air and blooming flowers of spring. Live and silent auctions and a host of fun activities keep the party lively, while speakers illuminate the good work of CH+A, a leading child and family service organization in Illinois. childrenshomeandaid.org
HUNT FOR HEALTH
Robert Crown Center for Health Education (April)
One of the newer events on the list, the Hunt for Health kicked off in 2012 and made a repeat appearance by popular demand this year. Teams of eight to 10 people race around downtown Hinsdale solving clues and strategically planning to be the first group to return to Immanuel Hall all in support of the education programs at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. The casual dress code and high-spirited fun make this a crowd favorite. robertcrown.org
HINSDALE COOKS! KITCHEN WALK
Women’s Board of the Hinsdale Historical Society (May)
The unofficial kickoff to Mother’s Day weekend offers everything possible for a girl’s gathering. Attendees enjoy food and drink presentations—and nibbles—from leading chefs, boutique shopping, table and landscape ideas, and a glimpse inside half a dozen or so amazing kitchens of various styles. kitchen-walk.com
American Association of University Women Hinsdale-Oak Brook Chapter (September)
This is a favorite of many because it offers an annual chance to experience some of the area’s most extraordinary residences while supporting scholarships for high school seniors and adult women. hinsdale-area-aauw.com
Fabulous Field Trips
WELLNESS HOUSE BALL
Wellness House (October)
An outstanding wine auction and an elegant atmosphere make this a must-attend event for many. Supporters of Wellness House, the 20-year-strong haven for cancer patients and their families, cite this as one of the most-anticipated nights of the year where volunteers, experts, and those who have grown in their journey against cancer are celebrated. wellnesshouse.org
Clarendon Hills Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (Feburary)
A city club location is the perfect spot for dinner, dancing to an orchestra, raffle, silent and live auctions, and the opportunity to honor someone who has given years of service to the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. It’s a cause dear to everyone’s hearts and a much-anticipated glittering evening to raise awareness and money. infantwelfaresociety.org/clarendonhills.html
Hinsdale Hospital Foundation (January)
The old-school Drake Hotel, with its glamorous Gold Coast Room, has made a regal setting for this evening honoring physicians, board members, and others who work so hard to make Adventist Hinsdale Hospital the trusted resource that so many people turn to for medical help. keepingyouwell.org
Oak Brook Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (November)
Martini Medley opens the festivities with a preview of the boutique shopping, hors d’oeuvres, a dessert bar, and, yes, martinis. Shopping continues the next day, along with a fashion show and luncheon. infantwelfaresociety.org/oakbrook.html
The Community House (December)
Good will toward men indeed. This high-spirited evening, attended by multiple generations, starts off with a stellar wine auction and finishes off with dancing. In between are a lovely dinner and even a sing-a-long moment. The Holiday Ball benefits the many programs of The Community House and is the perfect start to the most festive month of the year. thecommunityhouse.org
Winter Sprit Warmer
Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (December)
The themes, the auction, and the good-looking crowd—there are many reasons to attend the HJWC annual benefit. Lasting friendships are made here and many of the women responsible for the success of these events go on to lead other organizations in the area. This year and next, the HJWC is supporting Hephzibah Children’s Association, which provides safety and care to vulnerable children through group homes, foster care, day care, and family services. hjwc.us
60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Hinsdale Humane Society (October)
For more information, visit hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
Oak Brook Polo Club (July)
For more information, visit oakbrookpoloclub.com.
– Michelle Crowe