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2017 has been a fantastic year for Hinsdale Magazine as we conclude this December holiday issue with stories on the people and events in the area. The holiday season is a time of giving and reflecting, so this month we feature area Lions clubs, its leaders and volunteers who embody the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. Did you know that the Clarendon Hills swimming pool was donated by the Lions club? Each year, the club and its volunteers come together for its largest event of the year, its Christmas tree sales day. Madeleine Miller’s story on p. 20 takes us through the history of the Clarendon Hills Lions Club with its President Ken Crews, now in his second year. She also spent time talking to the Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club President Rebecca Daou to discover all that her club does for its communities. Elementary school students who cannot afford hearing and vision exams have benefited from Lions club efforts. Lions clubs also donate to local churches’ food pantries and homeless shelters. There is much more that you will read about and we hope that you can reach out to these organizations with your support in the year ahead. The Wellness House gala “Garden in the City” evening coverage on p. 33 was captured by the photography of Marcello Rodarte. The annual October event saw over 400 guests arrive at the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel in Chicago to raise $550,000 for programs supporting the non-medical needs of those who are living with cancer. The gala was chaired by Molly and Jerry Hughes and Elizabeth and David Risinger. In this issue, Hinsdale’s Christina Morrissey shares her personal story of her fight to beat cancer twice, and how her mission is now to inform others of the importance of early detection. Morrissey was the chairperson of the Hope. Lives. Here. luncheon at Butterfield Country Club on Oct. 25. Hope. Lives. Here. is an initiative launched by the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds for cancer programs and services at the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center.


With the support of her family, husband Dave and her two daughters, Christina wants the public to know the importance of “listening to your body,” and to seek medical attention early, because cancer is no longer a death-sentence. The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC) is gearing up for its annual benefit, and this event has the potential to be the biggest gathering yet. Slated for Carnivale in Chicago’s West Loop, event organizers are hoping for 1,000 guests at “Samba to Stop Hunger,” supporting Hinsdale-based HCS Family Services. The benefit will feature an array of entertainment and food, as the HJWC aims to build on its recordsetting $275,000 fundraising effort for HCS Family Services last year. Preferred hotel accommodations are available at The Peninsula and JW Marriott that night. Hinsdale Central boys basketball returns to the court this season with limited experience in the starting lineup. Senior guard Trevor Hamilton is the lone returning starter from last season. Junior guard Matt Rush, the team’s “sixth man” a year ago, is expected to be the Red Devils’ leading scorer, bringing a physicality enhanced by his experience as the starting quarterback of the varsity football squad. Head coach Nick Latorre is also hoping for production from sophomore forward Ryan Isaacson and junior guard Danell Nicholson--both playing at the varsity level for the first time this year--off the bench. The Red Devils finished 1-3 in the Oswego-Naperville North Hoops for Healing Tournament over Thanksgiving, and will tangle with archrival Lyons Township for the first of two meetings on Dec. 15. Remember to read HM’s “To-Do List” on p. 16 for all the holiday happenings, and visit for the digital magazine access. And when you become a member of the Web site, you will become one of more than 700 exclusive members and among the first to receive news alerts. On behalf of the Hinsdale Magazine staff, happy holidays to you and yours!


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December events



Living Hope Christina Morrissey


Great finds this holiday season


Lions Club



Wellness House Garden In the City Gala


Samba to Stop Hunger


Red Devil Hoopers Look to 2017 - 18 Seanson


Ryan Fox


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TO•DO•LIST 12/1 Clarendon Hills Christmas Walk It is an evening of fun for the whole family. Shops staying open extra late, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa are all a part of the celebration. events

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12/2 Mistletoe Market Still have holiday shopping to do? Stop by the Mistletoe Market for some beautiful, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts from local crafters. 12/2 The Community House Holiday Ball Make plans now to attend the annual holiday ball at The Community House. 12/10 Ugly Sweater Run/Walk Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at Soldier Field. locations/chicago-illinois/ 12/9, 12/16-17 The Nutcracker Salt Creek Ballet will continue its holiday renditions of The Nutcracker at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park on Dec. 9, and at the North Shore Center for the Performing

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''I lost my wife, Nancy, ten years ago to pancreatic cancer. I come out every year to help decorate the tree, and now my grandson Brian helps too. The first year, I was so lost; I couldn’t even come to look at the tree. Then, on Christmas Eve, my daughter brought me down to the tree. It was really hard for me. Now each year, the Tree of Remembrance is a special way to remember Nancy, and to help St. Thomas Hospice too.” —Herb Melin of Hinsdale

Tree of Remembrance AMITA Health’s Tree of Remembrance is a project of St. Thomas Hospice’s Bereavement Department. There are four bereavement coordinators associated with St. Thomas Hospice: Rosie Cohen, Laura Cottrell, Angel Marken and Cathy Tobin. The department offers support programs for hospice families and community members who have suffered a loss. The Tree of Remembrance honors deceased loved ones, while supporting bereavement programs like Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp and Camp Erin. The single nine-foot tree is in the heart of Hinsdale, and serves as a memorial tribute to more than 800 loved ones. The memorial names are written on the tribute boards displayed alongside the tree. At first glance, it may appear to be just a solitary Christmas tree, decorated and standing at the corner of Lincoln and First Streets; but the tree has branches that reach far and wide in the community for those who grieve the loss of family and friends. A tradition that began in 1993, the Tree of Remembrance is illuminated each year from Thanksgiving through New Year’s

Day. Any community member may honor a deceased loved one by making a contribution to AMITA Health’s St. Thomas Hospice. The tree is decorated by volunteers, past and current members of the bereavement grief groups. This year, a family placed some of its own ornaments with messages addressed to an uncle Ray. Two former group members, Gene Mangiantini and Herb Melin, are instrumental each year in helping choose a tree, and making sure it is ready to decorate. “I lost my wife, Nancy, ten years ago to pancreatic cancer,” Melin said. “I come out every year to help decorate the tree, and now my grandson Brian helps too. The first year, I was so lost; I couldn’t even come to look at the tree. Then, on Christmas Eve, my daughter brought me down to the tree. It was really hard for me. Now each year, the Tree of Remembrance is a special way to remember Nancy, and to help St. Thomas Hospice too.”

Photography by Scott Jonlich. From back left row: Pat Stillo, Jaymie and George Malarik, Rick and Laura Cottrell, Will Rieger on the ladder, Errol McIntyre, Amy Ruiz, Jack Stephenson, Matt Kesler, Kathleen Chlebanowski, Nancy Schukat, Herb Melin and grandson Brian, Dave Sadowski and Cathy Tobin; front row: Cindy and Craig Buchanan, Kennedy Rieger, Carson Reiger, Rosie Cohen, Donna Dragunaitis, Angel Marken, Brian and Tina Collum



Hinsdale Magazine | Hope

Living Hope By Rosie Conway

Chairperson and two-time cancer survivor Christina Morrissey believes early detection is the key to cancer survival. She was recently the chairperson of the Hope. Lives. Here. Luncheon at Butterfield Country Club on Oct. 25, which raised funds for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center.


hristina Morrissey was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 40. Her situation, though, was more peculiar than most. Her husband Dave is a radiologist, so it happened that he was the one to diagnose her.

“I can remember waiting after my mammogram, and the technician came out and asked me to join her, and I knew,” Morrissey said. “Dave walked in, and he didn’t have to say anything. I could tell by the look on his face.”

Scared and unsure, Morrissey and her husband hugged each other tightly. When asked what the next step would be, Dave simply said, “We are staying here (at Elmhurst Memorial)—I know my colleagues, and I trust them.” After







that draws more than 300 people to its luncheon every year. When asked about her own personal experience with early detection, Morrissey believes that not having to go through chemotherapy treatments was an emotional and physical game-changer for her. There are many treatments available for those going through the same situation as Morrissey. New research is coming out every day that is bringing with it new medications and treatments.

Photography by Daniel Garcia. The Morrissey Family of Hinsdale: Sophia, Dave, Christina and Olivia Morrissey.

visits, Morrissey underwent a bilateral mastectomy, and started the reconstruction process. She had another surgery six months later. Seven years later, however, bad news came again. “I was diagnosed with uterine cancer just a couple months ago,” Morrissey said. “Again, we stayed at Elmhurst, and I had a complete hysterectomy.” But rather than let it get her down, Morrissey embraced her diagnosis, and viewed it as an opportunity to spread her message of early detection as the key to cancer survival. “A cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, “ Morrissey said. “As long as we catch it early, treat it aggressively, not be afraid of listening to our bodies and seek medical attention, there can be many more people like me.”

was important to me. I presented the idea of the PINK INITIATIVE to the Foundation and Pink. Lives. Here. was born.” The annual luncheon event is held to increase awareness and raise funds for the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center and Elmhurst Hospital’s oncology services. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to provide patients with materials to learn more about their specific needs, provide community screenings for early detection and prevention, and offer the latest therapies, such as the use of the DigniCap Scalp Cooling System to lessen hair loss during chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. In the past, the luncheon has had cancer survivors as its keynote speakers including Jonny Imerman with Imerman Angels and Zoraida Sambolin of WMAQ Ch. 5.

So when guests gathered at Butterfield Country Club on Oct. 25 to raise funds for the Hope. Lives. Here. Initiative, Morrissey was as supportive as ever of Elmhurst Hospital—a place where her husband has worked for more than 20 years, and a place that ultimately saved her life.

This year, speakers at the luncheon included Christina Lavin, a genetic counselor at the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center, and Dr. Deborah Lindner, chief medical oficer of Bright Pink, an organization with the mission of saving women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.

“My husband has been a physician at Elmhurst Hospital for over 20 years, so we have always been involved in supporting the foundation,” she said. “In 2011, I was asked to become a foundation trustee. At that time, I was a year out from my breast cancer diagnosis, and so increasing awareness of breast cancer

During her first year as a trustee and after introducing the Pink. Lives. Here. Initiative to the foundation, Morrissey organized a cancer walk from the old Elmhurst Hospital to the new one. From there, the Hope. Lives. Here. luncheon has grown to be both inspirational and educational. It is an event

Elmhurst Hospital offers many cuttingedge technologies in terms of detection and treatment, ranging from 2-D and 3-D mammography, to a 3T MRI scanner, which is typically found in university settings. “Personally speaking, I benefited from use of the DaVinci Robot that enabled me to have a complete hysterectomy laprascopically,” Morrissey said. “My recovery time was only a couple weeks versus a couple months.” Elmhurst also has a very rapid turnaround time for pathology results during surgery. Morrissey believes that her physical recovery was only as strong as her emotional recovery. She said Elmhurst Memorial Hospital pays particularly close attention to healing the entire person, versus just treating the cancer by incorporating the integrative medicine program and the various healing treatments that it provides. Morrissey hopes that her message of early detection will continue to inspire people to become educated about cancer options. “From funding-free lymphedema care to women diagnosed with breast cancer, to providing free integrative medicine alternative health and healing treatments to offering the Dignicap, which prevents hair loss during chemotherapy, I know the HOPE initiative has impacted many people who are fighting this disease at Elmhurst Hospital,” Morrissey said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished in a short amount of time with the HOPE initiative.”



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LIONS' HEART Lions club & students team up for community By Madeleine Miller


ou see them every October, standing at stoplights at busy intersections: smiling men and women in yellow vests collecting cash for candy from stopped cars. The money is earmarked for a noble purpose: to help the visually- and hearingimpaired. It’s the annual Lions Club Candy Day, and these dedicated volunteers are your friendly neighborhood Lions. But are you aware of how much your local Lions impact our community, and what a difference these caring residents and neighbors make in so many peoples’ lives?

The Clarendon Hills Lions Club provides a myriad of services to its community. It partners with a local optometrist to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to elementary-school students who would not be able to afford these services otherwise. The club also sponsors the Lions of Illinois vision and hearing screening vans that travel to the village to offer free diabetic retinopathy and hearing tests. And the Lions make annual donations to Clarendon Hills churches to support their food pantries and homeless shelters. Continue to p. 30 HINSDALE MAGAZINE. |


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Ken Crews of Clarendon Hills, a real estate attorney who works in Chicago’s Loop, is in his second year as president of the club. “I became a Lion four years ago,” Crews said. “I wanted to help others by giving my time, rather than just writing a check. No matter how busy you are, you find the time. I enjoy working with our Lions to help make peoples’ lives better.” His 50-member club recently donated a $70,000 van to the Southeast Association for Special Parks and Recreation (SEASPAR) to transport disabled children and adults to activities. The van is speciallyequipped to accommodate disabled individuals, their wheelchairs and other equipment. The Clarendon Hills Lions contributed $40,000 towards the cost of the van, then worked with the Westmont, Downers Grove, Naperville, Lisle and Darien Lions Clubs to raise the rest of the money. If you and your family have enjoyed the pool in Clarendon Hills on a hot summer’s day, you can thank your local Lions for this refreshing amenity. Several years after the club was formed in 1950, the members decided to build a swimming pool for the village. They collected donations from and sold bonds to residents to raise the necessary funds. When the pool came to the end of its useful life around 1990, it was rebuilt by the Clarendon Hills Park District. The club continued to manage the Lions Park Pool, and the Lions took care of the maintenance, like painting and landscaping. They eventually turned the operation of the pool over to the park district, which has operated it ever since. Even in affluent communities like Hinsdale and Oak Brook, there are many needs. 30 | HINSDALE MAGAZINE

“If you look hard enough, you’ll find a need,” said Rebecca Daou, president of the Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club, and executive administrator at Lions headquarters. “It doesn’t always have to be economic—personal connections are very important too. Our club hosts an ice cream social every year for seniors living at King-Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge. I think this event means a great deal to the residents; it’s a chance for them to have some fun, and lets them know that the community cares about them.” From providing a hearing aid to an elderly gentleman, to supporting the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), to assisting Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, which offers transitional housing and support for homeless women and children, the Burr Ridge-HinsdaleOak Brook Lions Club is making a difference in the lives of people every day in its communities. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Lions Clubs International is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year. The organization was founded in Chicago on June 7, 1917 by Melvin Jones, an insurance salesman who had a vision to transform a business club into one that helps others and improves communities. In 1920, Lions became international with the establishment of a club in Ontario, Canada. Since then, the association has experienced phenomenal growth, with nearly 1.4 million members today, and more than 47,000 clubs around the world. Lions International recently unveiled its new global service framework to help meet the needs of the new century. The framework includes programs that focus on vision, hunger, the environment, childhood cancer and diabetes. The goal is a lofty one—to serve 200 million people a year by 2020-21. Fittingly, “We Serve” is the Lions’ motto,

and the organization recently introduced its new global advertising campaign, which announced to the world that “Kindness matters.” So why do people serve? What motivates them to invest their time and money to care so much about the welfare of others? “When I was seven, my grandmother told me what was important in life: service to humanity is service to God,” said Raj Rajaram, an Oak Brook resident and member of the Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club. “We help others by giving of our time, talent and treasure. This has meant more to me than anything I’ve ever done in my career. I love being a Lion, and tell everybody how rewarding it is.” Each spring, Lion Raj, Lion Rebecca and the other members of their club bring Easter baskets to the pediatric ward at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale. In the fall, they collect school supplies for needy children, and at Christmastime, they adopt a family from one of their partner agencies, buying gifts for the whole family to make their holiday extra-special. The club’s wine-tasting event at The Community House in Hinsdale is its biggest fundraising event of the year, with most of its funds being derived from this effort. The Clarendon Hills Lions Club’s main fundraising event is its annual Christmas tree sales at Lions Park Pool. The trees are on sale until Christmas Eve, or until they sell out. The lot is staffed entirely by Lions and Hinsdale Central students, and all profits go back into charitable initiatives and community organizations that the club sponsors. Many of the customers have been coming to the tree lot for decades, and the event has become a family tradition. The Lions will help you pick out your tree, carry it to your car, and tie it to the top. “We also host a Christmas party for the blind and visually-impaired

children and their families at Salt Creek School,” Crews said. “There’s a full pancake breakfast, and even a visit from Santa Claus. It’s a very moving event, and makes you feel good to see how these children are thriving, despite being visually-impaired.” Lions International offers a thriving program for young people, ages 12 to 30, called the Leo Club program. The Clarendon Hills club sponsors the Leo Club at Westview Hills Middle School in Willowbrook, which gives middle-school students the opportunity to plan their own fundraising events and manage service projects, preparing the next generation of Lions to serve. In Charles Dickens’ 1843 masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Scrooge assures the troubled ghost that he was always a good man of business, but the ghost cries out with a despondent wail, “Business! Mankind was my business! … Charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.” And so it is with Lions. More than a million men, women and young people all around the world—and right here in our community—are making service to others their business. They are helping people in need, extending a hand to those who are reaching out, and sharing friendship and hope with a hurting world. This is what Lions do, every day. You see, kindness really does matter. Visit or oakbrook/ to join this dynamic organization dedicated to making the world a kinder, better place. HINSDALE MAGAZINE. |



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Photography by Marcello Rodarte Wellness House hosted approximately 400 guests at the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel in Chicago on Oct. 14 for its annual black-tie ball, which raised more than $550,000 for programs supporting those who are living with cancer. The Garden in the City Gala, chaired by Molly and Jerry Hughes and Elizabeth and David Risinger, featured a wine auction, live auction and paddle raise, which gave guests an opportunity to make donations in support of Wellness House programs. Guests danced until midnight to music performed by Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful.

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Samba to Stop Hunger By: Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia


he Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club (HJWC) will be hosting its annual benefit this February, "Samba to Stop Hunger," at Carnivale restaurant in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, and the whole community is invited to attend. Held in Chicago for the past three years, the HJWC benefit has swelled in magnitude and its ability to fundraise for its biennial charitable beneficiaries, setting a new club record by raising $275,000 for Hinsdale-based HCS Family Services in 2017. The club features more than 300 members including associates, but even if every member attended with her spouse, Carnivale would barely be two-thirds full, boasting a capacity of 1,000. "We want to invite everyone in the community to come," benefit managing chair Emily Ziporin said. "We want to make sure everybody feels like they're invited to this event, and they want to come out and support a good cause: to help fight childhood hunger." HJWC president Shazia Sultan said she and Ziporin have adopted a "three-pronged approach" to this gala. "Our main goal is to continue to fight childhood hunger within our communities," Sultan said, "because it's actually growing. Based


on numbers we've been getting, there's a lot more families that are in need." Sultan said they are also attempting to "establish our brand" through the more spacious setting, as well as "celebrate" the HJWC's accomplishments over the past five years in supporting HCS, Glen Ellyn-based Bridge Communities and Oak Park-based Hephzibah House. "We're hoping with having 1,000 capacity, that we'll be able to encourage more people to attend, and see who we are," she said. Ziporin said the objective is to attract non-members that live locally and are interested in learning more about Juniors, or might be attracted to supporting their mission. "We're encouraging non-members in the community to come, people from local businesses to come to the event—basically, anybody in Chicago that wants to come out and support a good cause," she said. ... "I think in the past, people perceived this to be a membersonly event, but we really feel that this an opportunity for the whole community to come together for a common cause."

Sultan said club members will also pull in their friends and family directly. "As club members, we're really passionate about HCS," she said, "and we want to share that passion with our friends and family; and we want them to come and celebrate with us and give back with us." Recommended attire for the benefit is "urban chic," and Ziporin said guests are not obligated to dress to match the theme. "You can really wear what you want, but it's not going to be black-tie," she said. The space itself, as one might imagine from the capacity, is quite large. The club has rented the entire restaurant for the evening, meaning Carnivale will supply employees and ready-made decor for the evening, thus allowing the HJWC to donate more of its accumulated funds to HCS. Chicago-based DJ Rock City will double as DJ and host for the evening, while aerialists, fire-breathers and samba dancers will provide additional entertainment. One noteworthy advantage of renting out a staffed restaurant for gala space is that food will not be a problem. Perhaps the biggest critique of some otherwise picturesque past benefits was that they did not offer sufficient food options, but that is not expected to be an issue at Carnivale. Sultan and Ziporin said food was top of mind when they were in the process of selecting a space. "When we were was a big deal for us; space capacity was a big deal," Sultan said. ... "And we also wanted a place that had this really fun vibe."

will thus not select a primary charity as it has done in past years. Ziporin said HCS will apply the funds to its new school-based pantry at Anne M. Jeans Elementary School in unincorporated Willowbrook and operating costs. She said HCS is seeking to expand the school pantry, and is accordingly in need of additional refrigerators, chairs and shelving. "Having that school-based food pantry, they've set this benchmark," Sultan said. "That's the first one in the State of Illinois. ... They're pioneers, and it's a model that a lot of [organizations] are hoping to move to." Sultan said a distinguishing quality of the pantry is that it offers "a lot of healthy, perishable items." "It's not just your normal canned and dry goods," she said. ... "The goal is to provide healthy meals to children, because we want them to be set up for success in school." The 2018 Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club benefit, "Samba to Stop Hunger" WHERE: Carnivale restaurant, 702 W. Fulton Street, in Chicago WHEN: Feb. 24, 2018, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. COST: Tickets are $150 per person, and are available at www.hjwc.

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A plethora of food options such as empanadas and short-rib tacos will be available for guests throughout the evening. "It's hard to do a seated dinner," Sultan said. "With the way that our gala works, we want to encourage a lot of movement and connection. We're a group that loves to mingle with people...but we wanted to make sure that we provide a very in-depth menu." Sultan said the food will be complemented by "phenomenal" specialty drinks. "When they come, they're going to have an experience," she said. "This is not just your typical gala—this is definitely an experience." To further encourage the social interaction that is synonymous with the HJWC benefit, the club is transitioning from live and silent auctions to a raffle format this year, allowing guests to mingle and converse throughout the evening without the distraction of bidding on items. "We just felt like in this atmosphere in Carnivale, that it lends itself more to the raffle experience, instead of trying to corral everybody for an auction," Ziporin said. "Our goal is for people to come out, have an incredible time for a good cause, and really enjoy themselves." Proceeds from the benefit will support HCS Family Services, in the second year of its two-year partnership with the HJWC. As referenced in our July interview with Sultan, the club will be moving towards a more diversified giving approach starting next year, and HINSDALE MAGAZINE. |


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HC RED DEVILS eye 2017-18 season By: Mike Ellis | Photos by: Courtney Fitzpatrick Huth


he Hinsdale Central boys basketball team returned to the court to embark on its 2017-18 season over the Thanksgiving holiday, competing in the Hoops for Healing Tournament at Naperville North and Oswego East. The Red Devils are coming off of a surprising season in which they battled Oak Park-River Forest for the conference crown throughout the winter, before falling to Wheaton-Warrenville South on a last-second hoop in the regional final of the state tournament in March. Central exceeded expectations throughout the season, much of which was due to the emergence of guard Jack Hoiberg. Hoiberg, who graduated in spring, showed signs of development late in his junior season, but came into his own as a senior, serving as Hinsdale's leading scorer and playmaker for the bulk of the season. Hinsdale head coach Nick Latorre said he was "really glad for Jack," who parlayed his senior success into a walk-on spot at perennial basketball contender Michigan State University under decorated coach Tom Izzo.


This season, the Red Devils are largely starting fresh, having lost Hoiberg and fellow guards Chris Eck and Tomas Misiunas to graduation. "We've got quite a few inexperienced guys," Latorre said. "Graduating those seniors last year, they played yeoman's minutes. ... The sooner we can get [our less experienced] guys up to speed, the better off we're going to be." As Hoiberg finished his junior campaign strong in postseason play, guard Trevor Hamilton enters his senior year coming off of a pair of strong performances in regional play at West Chicago High School in March. Hamilton, a third-year varsity player, will be joined by junior Matt Rush, last year's sixth man, in the backcourt. (Rush also started at quarterback for the varsity football team this fall.) Latorre said he is also expecting contributions from senior guard Matt Guglielmo and junior guard Danell Nicholson, neither of whom saw much if any playing time at the varsity level last year. While Latorre conceded his 2017-18 squad will be predominantly perimeter-oriented like his last couple of teams, he

Returning starter Trevor Hamilton takes a jump-shot during the Red-White scrimmage as teammate JP Hoffman and assistant coach Lee Maciejewski look on.

Pictured here against Lyons Township last season, Hamilton is the sole returning starter for the Red Devils.

said he is hoping sophomore forwards Mac Quast and Ryan Isaacson will progress in the post to instill balance over the course of the year. Latorre said Quast, who played limited minutes as a freshman last year, adjusting to the heightened size and athleticism at the high-school varsity level, has put in considerable work over the summer. "We're looking for him to continue to develop," he said. "He's getting better every day. He had a good summer, and played a lot of basketball this summer. He's made a lot of strides." Another reason behind the Red Devils' growth last season was their opportunity to square off against upper-echelon competition in the second annual Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic over Christmas. Finishing 2-2 in the tournament, Central upset Stevenson and Indiana University-bound Justin Smith in the first round, and also lost a heart-wrenching six-overtime marathon to DePaul Prep. "It was great," Latorre said of the tournament. "We played really well, and beat Stevenson. ... It was a really good experience for us to play some good competition, and it did really springboard us into the second half of the season." Latorre said the home atmosphere is an "awesome" bonus for the Red Devils during the holiday classic, as opposed to a far more neutral setting at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, where Hinsdale competed in the years before launching its own tournament. This year's Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic will feature 2016-17 state semifinalist Bolingbrook, as well as Homewood-

Flossmoor, Stevenson, Westinghouse and St. Charles East, slotted No. 16 in the Chicago Sun-Times preseason rankings. "I think it's getting a little better each year," Latorre said. ... "We're building it year to year." The Red Devils will also face stiff challenges early in the season at No. 17 Hinsdale South (Dec. 1) and at home against No. 23 Willowbrook (Jan. 6). In West Suburban Silver play, defending champion No. 15 Oak Park-River Forest (OPRF) is expected to repeat. The Huskies lost some of their interior players from their 2016-17 team, which reached the sectional final and upset Curie, but are returning senior guard Isaiah Fuller and junior guard Dashon Enoch in the backcourt, and are anticipating junior Charles Hoehne will also make an impression. "They have a core of four or five guys that are really good," said Latorre, who added that OPRF "clearly is the favorite" in the conference. ... "They're athletic, they play really hard. They pose a lot of issues." Latorre described all of Hinsdale's other league competitors as "solid" and "well-coached" teams. "It's a tough league—you've got to come ready to play," he said. "It's a very, very competitive league." Latorre said over the course of the season, he hopes his team will develop the "personality" of his recent squads, striving to be "disciplined and unselfish, and work extremely hard." "We always try to add some wrinkles here and there," he said. "Ultimately, we have to play tough defense and share the ball."



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Light’s Out Returning wrestlers hungry for state title Photography by Courtney Fitzpatrick Huth Senior Lonnell Smith Jr. (white) was matched against senior co-captain Caleb Lagestee for the Red-White matchup.

“Lights out, on three” yelled Hinsdale Central wrestling captain, Caleb Lagestee, “Lights Out” echoed the loud, deep-voiced Hinsdale Central wrestling team.

freshman, is an athlete expected to make an impact during this season. The Red Devil team will be led by captains Lagestee, Drury and Luke Skokna.

The Hinsdale grapplers opened their 201718 season with the Red-White match on Nov. 17.

Lagestee said he is “ready to work hard, keep going the whole season, finish to the end and ultimately prove ourselves.”

“This team has the potential to be very solid come January, February,” head coach Jason Hayes said. “Right now, we are focused on figuring out weight certifications.”

The team has four wrestlers returning that qualified for sectionals last season: Lagestee, Skokna, Drury and Jack McCarty. Qualifying for sectionals “left them all hungry” for this year, and their goal is to qualify for the state meet.

Hayes is looking for big things from returning varsity wrestlers including Liam Drury, Caleb Lagestee, Lonell Smith Jr., Ron Kruse, Toby Misicko and Jack McCarty. Andrew Perez, an incoming

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We interrupt this life When our program is interrupted Have you ever been watching a television program, when all of a sudden, the screen changes, and an announcer’s voice intones: “We interrupt this program to bring you a special report?” Is the news that comes next usually good news or bad news? This phenomenon is well-documented in a New York Times best-seller entitled, We Interrupt This Broadcast: Reliving the Events That Stopped Our Lives.1 With notable contributions by newscasters Walter Cronkite, Bill Kurtis and Brian Williams, the book chronicles nearly 50 major news events of the last 100 years, each of which broke into the normal programming of our well-channeled lives. Some interruptions were happy ones—Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, or the fall of the Berlin Wall, for example. But some 90 percent of the events described fall into the unhappy category—the untimely death of a public figure, an awful disaster, an act of terror or the outbreak of war. The very word “Interruption” tends to carry with it this negative connotation, doesn’t it? “Don’t interrupt me,” we chide our kids. “I could get this work done if there weren’t all these interruptions!” we complain. We hate it when there are interruptions in our Internet service or our train schedule or our best-laid plans. Interruptions seem to be in the same category as disruptions, corruptions and eruptions—which is to say, things to be avoided, if we can. Girl interrupted The story of Christmas is about people who found their lives suddenly interrupted. A peasant maiden named Mary finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy, and her fiancée Joseph finds his plans for a normal life completely thrown into disarray. The both of them are suddenly burdened by a governmental census

and tax plan that requires they leave their home and travel to the far-off town of Bethlehem at the most inconvenient time in their lives. To make matters worse, their journey gets interrupted by labor pains. Far from the support and surroundings in which they would have chosen to have their child, their baby is born. There is no crib. The stuffed animals nearby are alive, and they stink. Mary and Joseph lay their child in a feeding trough, and sleep in a barn, because there is no room for them at the Motel 8. Yet, here is the mystery. This poor, unknown pair from the backwoods of the world will become the most famous couple in history. Their interrupted life will become the portal through which the Light of the World comes. The child in the manger will go on to touch for good the lives of billions of people. Immense blessings emerge from apparent banes. One bad morning When Harry’s wife asked him to take their child to her first day at preschool, Harry ground his teeth. He knew he should be fine about this, but Harry was the CEO of a big company, and the task frankly felt a little beneath him. “Does she not get how much rides on me, and all I have to do?” Miles away, Susan’s alarm clock failed to wake her. When she finally came to and saw how late it was, Susan nearly went ballistic: “Why do these things always happen to me? My morning is wrecked!” Away in another county, Bob was heading out the door to his car, when he heard the telephone ring. Should he ignore the interruption? Argh, he groaned, as he turned to run back inside. “I don’t have time for this!” For Debbie, it was her dawdling child that interrupted the program. He took forever to get anything done, and now she’d be late dropping him off at childcare.

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Imaginatively adapted from Bryan Chapell, Praying Backwards (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2005)


DAN MEYER Columnist Daniel Meyer is senior pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois. 64 | HINSDALE MAGAZINE

Then there was the guy who missed his bus, and the woman who was caught in a fender-bender on the turnpike, and another one who had to take time to change her clothes when she spilled food on them at breakfast. Every one of these people went through one of those nerve-jangling, teeth-grinding, foottapping, palpitation-inducing interruptions of the kind that drive you and me crazy. Why do they upset us like that? Because we’re important people. Okay, we’re not gods or the President or anything; but we’ve got places to go, things to do and plans to fulfill. We’re out there trying to live the dream or just hold it together. So when our chosen channel gets interrupted, it makes us angry and upset—just like all those people I just mentioned above. But as it turned out, those interruptions kept each of them from getting to work on time at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.2 Blessed calamities What if an interruption is needed to change the flow of your life (or of someone you know) toward something better? What if we are so caught up in a particular way of seeing or doing things, that it requires an almost violent inbreaking by outside forces to wake us up or turn our course? What if in our personal life or our political sphere, we need a breakdown to help us make a breakthrough? What if in order to bless us, or others through us, someone needs to say something that bruises us? What if something good needs to be disrupted in order to give birth to something greater? Chances are that this month will bring into our lives or those of people we love some unwelcome circumstances. Maybe the story of Christmas can provoke us to take a leap of faith. Perhaps we can dare to believe that these calamities may contain the seed of blessings whose full fruit we simply cannot yet see.n

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Your greatest December ever

Very soon, the year 2017 will be behind you. Will you reach or exceed your annual visions?

1. Get on the same page with your significant other’s schedule and overall mindset.

Do you have a blueprint to close this year strong? Are you ready for the natural obstacles that December brings?

2. Finish your shopping early in order to reduce stress, and give presents that have meaning and purpose.

Prepare your greatest December to achieve simplicity and balance for all of your life arenas.

3. Prepare a blueprint for each life arena for 2018 by selecting simple, measurable visions, goals and their accompanying strategies and tactics. Select a day or days to organize this.

• There are 20 business days in December. • There is a minimum of 160 business hours left in 2017. • There are five weekends for family and friends. • New Year’s Eve is on Sunday. • You have 24 days (or fewer) to finish your shopping list. • The last week of the year will have most people not working. Prepare for this. • Many schools are on winter break from Dec. 22 through Jan. 8. Peruse all of your life arenas. Typically, they are spheres of interest that include: • Self (physical, mental and spiritual wellness) • Job • Sibling • Son or daughter • Personal finance • Friends • Hobby • Parent • Spouse or mate

Which life arena most needs your attention this month? December will be gone from your calendar within a blink of your eye. With only 31 days left in 2017, what macro-goals need your focus?

4. What do you need to mentally, physically or spiritually change (if anything) for 2018? Reinvention is doable, but it takes planning time before Jan. 1. 5. Close all business dealings before the new year. Meet with your CPA to discuss 2017 corporate or personal taxes. 6. Spend “present-tense” time with family and friends. Be fully engaged. 7. Monitor your personal stress levels, and act on reducing stress swiftly. This includes holiday travel. 8. Connect with your business associates with positive holiday thoughts and wishes. Discuss their visions and goals for 2018, and how you can assist them with their achievements. 9. Be moderate with food and drink; exercise regularly; hydrate daily. 10. Epitomize the holiday spirit in all you do for the full 31 days. Have your best December ever. Give positive energy generously to all willing takers. Place a smile on all you meet by having a December smile permanently etched on your face. What can you accomplish in December?—There are no rules. Create a blueprint, and make it happen on your terms. Get December in the “zone.”

Here’s your December ten-point checklist:

JIM FANNIN Columnist Burr Ridge resident Jim Fannin is a world-class thought leader and coach with 43 years of experience in life, business and sports. To learn about his thought management programs, visit and tune-in to his weekly podcast, The Jim Fannin Show. 66 | HINSDALE MAGAZINE





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