Romance, travel, and adventure are just a few examples of the seven-member-created Tablescapes that will be raffled off at this yearâ€™s benefit and luncheon being held at The Marriott in Burr Ridge on Sunday, March 2. Barbaraâ€™s Bookstore will be featuring a pop-up shop where guests can buy best sellers and titles from local authors.
â€śGuests will also be able to buy childrenâ€™s books to donate directly to the IWS center,â€ť says Kathleen.
New this year is the locale, which encompasses the entire first floor of the hotel. The co-chairs aim to create a journey where guests navigate around to various stations. One aspect of the event is a shopping experience with 15 local vendors offering jewelry, handbags, clothes, and home goods. Local food vendors will provide samples of their cuisine and a local musician will set the ambience. A sit-down brunch is a change from the traditional buffet and provides a more intimate gathering space. Attendees will be able to take part in a silent auction and raffles. The big anticipation, naturally, lies in the beautifully crafted Tablescapes.
â€śYouâ€™re always in amazement to see what everyone comes up with,â€ť says Donna DeCaigny, one of the Hinsdale Chapterâ€™s 33 members. â€śYou want to bid on it yourselfâ€”it only takes one ticket, so itâ€™s a deal!â€ť
Donna disclosed that her table, mirrored after Alice in Wonderland, took months of planning and bargain hunting, as the items are a mix of homemade, donated, and store-bought things. Her â€śtea party in the woodsâ€ť set includes: beautiful white and blue patterned china, gold and silver silverware, and homemade mushrooms, cupcakes, cakes, and napkins. Donnaâ€™s group found chairs, sanded and painted them in rainbow colors, then re-padded and refurbished them before adding homemade cushions as a final touch.
Other literary classics featured include Gone with the Wind, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Great Gatsby. All the tables offer eight place settings and chairs. Each table, complete with its furnishings and baked goods, is estimated to be worth $750.
â€śItâ€™s a lot of work, but when the day comes, itâ€™s very rewarding to see all the money we raise so quickly,â€ť adds Donna.
Past themes were: â€śA Marketplace in Bloom,â€ť â€śChicago, Our Kind of Town,â€ť and â€śProject Color.â€ť The Hinsdale Auxiliary is hoping to raise $90,000 at the benefit and draw an audience of 450 women.
More than a dozen auxiliary chapters, spanning from Flossmoor to Naperville to Lake Forest, have their individual fundraisers, ranging from home tours to night galas, yet they band together for a common beneficiary: the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, which recently celebrated 100 years of service.
Volunteer nurses, physicians, and women, appalled at the staggering infant mortality rate which at the time was one of every 10 children, formed the IWS in 1911. The organization has evolved to offer affordable yet high-quality health care for under- and uninsured women and children.
Hinsdale exclusively supports the newer Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center at 3600 W. Fullerton. The clinic provides medical, dental, optometry, mental health, and family counseling services to more than 12,000 of Chicagoâ€™s most needy women and children.
â€śThis event is one of the reasons that I joined the auxiliary,â€ť says Lauren Goodwin.
Donna DeCaigny adds, â€śI love giving back to the community, and giving back to women and children in particular is great.â€ť
For more information about the event, tickets, or sponsorships, visit hinsdaletablescapes.com.
-Angelika Labno // Photography by Joel Lerner