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LETTER from THE PUBLISHER

RUNNING FOR A CAUSE

This Thanksgiving holiday, as we prepare to gather around the dinner table with family and friends, Hinsdale Magazine visited area non-profits to tell their stories on our Giving Back pages. I met with Dr. David Anderson in Hinsdale, founder and executive director of the Safe Families organization. He is truly an amazing man who makes a difference in children’s lives, and will impact multiple generations of families in Chicagoland and throughout Canada and the United Kingdom.

1914, when they were founded, and officially formed in 1944 during World War II. The idea of helping our veterans started at Hinsdale Golf Club, where golfers would drop dimes into buckets at the first tee for American Red Cross efforts. You can read my story about how CDGA gives opportunities for wounded veterans and individuals with disabilities to “get back into the game.” I met with CDGA executive director Robert Markionni and his staff to get a tour of the facility, which includes a three-hole golf course on the grounds named Sunshine Through Golf Foundation. We met and photographed first-time golfers on a beautiful fall afternoon, and are proud to publish the organization’s story. If you or your organization would like to partner with CDGA in hosting a fundraising event to benefit veterans, autistic children and individuals with disabilities, please reach out to CDGA to partner with you to support your non-profit.

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I sat down with David to talk about his amazing journey that started as a psychologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago, interviewing children in emergency rooms. He was moved emotionally when, at the time, he witnessed kids as young as his 5-year-old Area Runners Discuss daughter Audrey with no place to go. Their What Pushes Them to Run home life was not a safe environment, due either to financial hardships or physical and emotional abuse. At that moment, Anderson had an idea to create Safe Families. He asked these children couldn’t be placed in a temporary home with safe families to care for them? He decided to call Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and went on to create the non-profit organization which has grown over the past 16 years. Please consider giving to Safe Families, and ask how you can help. Anderson told Hinsdale Magazine that schools, families and companies can help by simply donating much-needed items such as diapers, clothing or a spare bedroom to give temporary assistance to a family in need, and most importantly, hope to a child.

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Hinsdale Magazine spotlights another organization, Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA), which provides free golf access to special needs persons and disabled veterans. I visited the non-profit just down the road from Cog Hill Golf Course in Lemont, and learned that they have been assisting World War I veterans since

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PROVIDE COMFORT TO KIDS

Finally, Hinsdale Magazine reached out to our local Chicago Marathon runners to ask them why they run. We received many responses, and each of them had a consistent story: they ran because someone inspired them to run. While there is a health upside to running, the motivation to enter and finish the Chicago Marathon is derived from an inner-will to push further. For many, each mile was a dollar earned for their chosen charity; others ran for loved ones--past and present. CHICAGO DISTRICT

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Local Chicago Marathon runners

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Chicago District Golf Association

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District 181 Foundation

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Dr. David Anderson

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DR. HARNOIS’ INTERNATIONAL LECTURING As a clinical trainer and lecturer for The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and DenMat, the manufacturer of Lumineers, Dr. Harnois provides handson training and education to dental and medical professionals across the country. He shares his philosophy that every patient deserves the most gentle and minimally invasive cosmetic and metal-free dental treatments with natural results, and enables other dentists to elevate their patient care. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY (AACD) Dr. Harnois is a 10-year member of the AACD, which is considered the highest body of knowledge of esthetic dentistry. He is also one of the main presenters at their annual educational symposium each year. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FACIAL ESTHETICS (AAFE) Dr. Harnois is the President of the Illinois American Academy of Facial Esthetics and trains dentists in Botox and dermal filler techniques. He is a nationally recognized leader in minimally invasive total facial esthetic techniques. Dr. Harnois has instructed thousands of healthcare

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physical push to override the brain from screaming “stop?” People often ask, “Why run 26.2 miles?” For some, it’s purely a personal challenge, a goal unfulfilled, a bucket-list unchecked; while for others, it’s a cause worth fighting for, a dedication to a loved one who lost a life to disease. Each mile brings them closer to a cure. Those athletes running may be unsure of their ultimate goal. It’s a desire to push themselves beyond what they are capable of. “It’s the mystique of the marathon, a leap into the unknown,” Adam Andrzejewski of Hinsdale said. “I’ve trained for and started seven Chicago Marathons over the last 24-years, and finished six of them. In 1999, I had to drop out at 20 miles with Achilles-tendon pain. This year, I turned 50 years old and broke my personal record—set in 1995—by ten seconds. My time was 4:02:24. It felt awesome! For others like Mira Albert of Hinsdale, this is her second consecutive year as a marathoner. “Before I ran [the New York City Marathon] in 2018, someone told me a marathon starts at mile 20,” Albert said. “I couldn’t agree more. That is the point it becomes a true test of determination and focus, combined with counting on months of training and preparation.” Like Albert, who was greeted with open arms by her husband and children at the finish-line, Bret Conway of Hinsdale tapped support from his family as well. “In 2018, my wife and kids headed down to Dusek’s in Pilsen to cheer on the runners at mile 19.5,” Conway said. “We had a great time among all that excitement and energy. As a runner this year, I was able to high-five my family in the same spot, and that motivated me to push on to the finish.”

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42nd Bank of America Chicago Marathon started at 7:20 a.m. for 45,000 runners. Hinsdale Magazine reached out to its readers to find those who finished the Chicago Marathon to ask the question: “Why do you run?” Is it to measure the toughness of the 26.2-mile course? The

Burr Ridge resident Christy Hernandez ran her seventh marathon, and said she was grandfathered in to run, knowing what a privilege it is, since there are thousands of applicants and not all are selected. “I participate,” Hernandez said. “I am a slow runner, but I continue to do it because of the camaraderie that exists on the course, the amazing people and stories, [keep] me coming back for more.” During the race, Hernandez met Shara, who had lost her dad to HINSDALE MAGAZINE | HinsdaleMag.com

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hepatocellular carcinoma in March of this year. “Prior to the race, I never heard of that cancer,” Hernandez said, “and during the marathon, the person I met was running to create awareness.” Hernandez met met Shara at mile 12, and stuck with her throughout the race. “I wasn’t focused on my time; I was focused on her finish,” she said. “She said to me, ‘How will I face my donors if I don’t complete this?’ I told her, ‘You won’t have to worry about that, because today we are crossing that finish-line’—and we did!” Hinsdale Magazine interviewed more runners from the area, and you can read all their comments on www.HinsdaleMag.com. Dave Pack, Hinsdale

“I ran in my first marathon with Crosswords Runners. Fr. Tom Hurley, [who has run in 15 marathons] and coach Brendan Cournane, who ran in his 100th marathon last week, led our way spiritually and physically. We raised money for some fantastic charities, and achieved a personal goal.” Cathy Lipinski, Clarendon Hills

“I ran the Chicago Marathon, my sixth one, and finished in 3:58:56. My goal was to run it under four hours. I’m a member of Christ Church of Oak Brook’s Team World Vision runners, and raised over $6,100 for clean water for children in Africa.” Aimee Banta, Western Springs

“I run for for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that helps children, families and their communities overcome poverty and injustice. They also bring clean water to undeveloped [countries]. This amazing organization gave me a purpose to do something that I never thought I could. While I have been moving my feet for my training for the marathon, I have been raising money for clean water for children. Our entire World Vision team of 2,000 raised over $3 million before the Chicago Marathon.” Julie Doyle, Clarendon Hills

“I ran to raise money for Epilepsy Foundation. My friend’s 19-year-old daughter died of SUDEP two years ago. (SUDEP is sudden unexplained death from (Continued on next page)

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epilepsy.) Our running group raised over $54,000 for research. I am 53, and do not regularly do marathons. It was not easy, but thankfully it was perfect conditions, and the Chicago crowds never disappoint.”

Christopher Schramko, Hinsdale

“A friend with whom I play paddle tennis in the winter introduced me to Imerman Angels, a non-profit cancer support organization. For the past two Chicago Marathons that I have participated [in], [I helped raise] funds for Imerman Angels. This national organization provides a mentoring program to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, to their caregivers and/or family members. The program pairs a cancer patient with an “angel,” who is a cancer survivor and who provides mentoring to help navigate the cancer experience. For every $350 raised by our marathon team, Imerman Angels is able to provide a mentor free of charge. Last week, for the 2019 Chicago Marathon, the team raised a record-setting amount of $400,000 for Imerman Angels.” Hinsdale Magazine would like to know why you run the Chicago marathon. Please e-mail news@hinsdalemag.com ■

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he Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA), through its charitable arm, Sunshine Through Golf Foundation (STGF), conducts therapeutic golf programs for people with special needs, such as disabled military veterans. It also facilitates fundraising efforts that involve charity golf events throughout the Chicago area. According to Casey Richards, director of communications for the CDGA, the non-profit organization also has a close link to Hinsdale. Francis Peabody of the Peabody coal fortune was a longtime member and president of Hinsdale Golf Club in the early 1900s. On March 18, 1914, under his direction, the CDGA was formed as a local governing body that was focused on caddy welfare and conducting amateur golf tournaments throughout the Midwest. Hinsdale Magazine sat down with Richards who gave an historical perspective. “We were founded in 1914 at Hinsdale Golf Club, dating back to World War I, when people dropped dimes in a bucket on the first tee which would go to the American Red Cross to help relief efforts,” Richards said. “CDGA Foundation was officially formalized in 1944 to help war veterans return.”

Director of communications Casey Richards, executive director Robert Markionni and manager of communications Tim Merrick

Back in the game

Chicago District Golf Association welcomes military veterans, individuals with special needs BY SCOTT JONLICH

The Sunshine Through Golf Foundation, which the CDGA started in 1999, is recognized by the USGA as the largest grassroots golf program designed specifically for individuals with disabilities in the country. Recently, it conducted over 90 golf camps reaching more than 1,200 individuals, and the program has expanded beyond veterans to others with physical and mental challenges, including juniors and the economically disadvantaged. Earlier efforts to help those with disabilities started after World War II, when several short-hole golf courses were established near veteran’s hospitals so those with disabilities could return to a sport they enjoyed before their injuries. An important feature of STGF is the Sunshine Course. Laid out on the grounds of the Midwest Golf House in Lemont, across from famous Cog Hill, Sunshine is a par-3 course designed specifically to serve individuals with disabilities. Hinsdale Magazine met with CDGA executive director Robert Markionni at CDGA Foundation and Midwest Golf House in Lemont.

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LEFT TO RIGHT BACK ROW: TYLER OLSON, PETE SCHULTZ AND BILLY FABIAN LEFT TO RIGHT FRONT ROW: MR. FAULKNER, TOMMY BLACK, MASON KALNINS, BRETT SCANLAN, JASMINE DANIELS AND MS. GREENBERG

“The biggest thing is having a positive influence in somebody’s life, and you can see how the program on the golf course gets the person to smile.” —ROBERT MARKIONNI influence in somebody’s life, and you can see how the program on the golf course gets the person to smile,” Markionni said. “The parents thank you, because you’re helping the youngster, whether it’s an individual that is in a wheelchair, or when the person hits a golf ball 25 feet for the first time. When you see how it influences someone, it literally can help change their lives.”

Markionni recalled the organization’s effects on others.

“[At] Pro-Am national tournaments at Cog Hill, pros have come over to Sunshine and played with disabled veterans on several occasions,” he said. “I remember Tim Clark was having such a good time, and we were looking at our watches, because if he misses his Pro-Am time, he’s disqualified from the championship. He kept saying, ‘I’ve got time, I’ve got time.’ He’s having such a good time over here with these youngsters, but he made it back over there. Steve Stricker has been over here—Adam Scott too. They said this was one of the more enjoyable days of being able to come out here for 45 minutes.” Markionni said the golf program can help persons with disabilities through their rehabilitation.

“The game of golf requires coordination, muscle movement,

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flexibility and focused concentration,” he said. “Golf helps with hand-eye coordination; it helps with muscle movement and focus; but it also helps them get back into society. We’ve seen several veterans come back. They will tell us that this is [what] got [them] back into the world.” CDGA also works with individuals with disabilities through its foundation, which serves as a facilitator for charity golf tournaments that raise money for people with disabilities. Recently, Clarendon Hills resident Brian Sullivan partnered with CDGA Foundation to host his annual fundraising golf event for autistic children. The third annual On The Tee for Autism golf tournament was held on Sept. 8 at Chicago Highlands Country Club in Westchester, which saw about 150 guests attend, according to Alex Nolly, director of the foundation’s administration. “I’m hoping we can do 75 more [events] like Brian Sullivan, who does so much for the organization and their community,” Nolly said. “Brian just got a bunch of his friends [for his first event], and when the event became bigger, he came to us [for assistance], and we put it into our computer system, so people could do everything online and streamline the process.” ■


“We were founded in 1914 at Hinsdale Golf Club, dating back to World War I, when people dropped dimes in a bucket on the first tee, which would go to the American Red Cross to help relief efforts. CDGA Foundation was officially formalized in 1944 to help war veterans return.” —CASEY RICHARDS


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he greater Hinsdale community is distinguished for its general commitment to education, long boasting some of the finest public schools in both the state and nation.

Since 1997, the District 181 (D181) Foundation has been supplementing the work of the district at-large, while functioning as a conduit between the community and the nine District 181 schools in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and Burr Ridge. According to D181 Foundation executive director Meg Cooper, the foundation germinated with an exploratory committee stemming from the board of education, charged with examining whether it would be beneficial for the district to create a foundation.

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Cooper said the committee learned that foundations are quite common in public school districts across the Chicago metropolitan area. From its inception, the D181 Foundation has grown considerably, having supplied roughly $1 million to support district-wide initiatives to date. "We work together to sort of bridge the community to the District 181 schools, with the purpose of providing resources for the schools to enrich and enhance the children's educational experience," Cooper said. The foundation is funded through individual donations and business sponsorships and partnerships, with both revenue sources providing approximately equal funding.

Among its various donors, the HinsdaleClarendon Hills Rotary Club has made the largest overall contribution to the D181 Foundation, having made it a beneficiary of the Rotary Run Charity Classic for a number of years. Other prominent funding partners include Hinsdale Bank and Trust, whose CEO Dennis Jones was an original foundation board member, and CHT Orthodontics, which has amplified its support of the foundation in recent years. The D181 Foundation board is comprised of 15 to 25 community members, teachers and administrators. Board member Colleen Wilcox said its value to the D181 consists in concentrating


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on programming across the district, in which it differs from the respective school PTOs, which devote their funding efforts to individual schools. "The foundation is a broad overview of the whole district," Wilcox said. "We support the whole district, and not just silos." The foundation's core programming consists of parent programs, teacher grants, kids grants and partnering with D181 on districtwide initiatives. Parent programs include the thrice-annual community speaker series and films such as the recent LIKE social media documentary the foundation presented last month. Cooper described the teacher grants program as an "incubator fund," through which teachers can submit applications to the foundation to try something new "without having to risk tax dollars." The D181 Foundation awards $150 grants to students styled kids grants for which children may apply to aid them in conducting community service projects. Cooper said the foundation desires that students identify a problem, and conceptualize how they might be able to provide a solution to it.

"I think the power of working together as a whole will make the district even stronger than focusing on individual schools," she said. "That was part of the reason why the district wanted to form a foundation, was to have that kind of bridge." In October, the foundation showed the social media documentary LIKE at Clarendon Hills Middle School (CHMS) and The Community House in Hinsdale. Cooper said it had received feedback from District 181 parents indicating a desire to present on the topic of social media. "It's probably one of the biggest areas of worry and concern that many parents are feeling these days," she said. "That was the genesis of the program." The film provided a number of perspectives on social media from individuals who formerly worked in the industry and professors who have studied the subject, and drove home the point that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are companies that conduct extensive research in order to personalize the experiences of their users so they can maximize advertising revenue. "They tried to pull the veil on the business aspect of all those platforms, and how what people were doing for the purposes of making

money were actually having unintended psychological impacts on the users, as they were being manipulated to stay on a specific site or to engage in a specific site," Cooper said. Furthermore, the film illustrated that this commercial-driven approach, especially when it is undetected by users, can lead to deleterious consequences, such as misleading them with respect to the prevalence of extreme viewpoints. "[Attendees] thought that this was all set up for them and their social relationships," Wilcox said, "which isn't the driving force at all: it's money and business." Cooper said parental feedback on the film was "very, very positive," indicating that both audiences clapped at the conclusion. "They really felt like they had some good information to have conversations with their kids at home," she said. Each year, the D181 Foundation sponsors a young writers night in February for thirdthrough eighth-grade students across the district, as well as a student art exhibit at The Community House in May. In spring, it is planning to add a district S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) night to function as a culmination to a new S.T.E.M. program that it has implemented this year. HINSDALE MAGAZINE | HinsdaleMag.com

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Classrooms across the district are working on S.T.E.M. challenges, each of which involve some sort of engineering application. Each participating classroom is then paired with another working on the same project, and the classrooms will Skype with each other to identify similarities and differences in their respective approaches. In addition to working with D181 parents and students directly, Cooper said the foundation connects the community at-large with the schools, referencing its professional partners program with local realtors. Out of 16 participating agents, Cooper estimated that only two or three currently have children in D181 schools. "I think the community as a whole is extremely supportive of education," Wilcox said, "and we have a lot of people who, whether they had kids in the schools at one time or never did, still want to be a part of and supportive of our local educational system." â– For more information about the District 181 Foundation, visit www.d181foundation.org

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The Safe Families founder, husband and father of three developed an idea of recruiting volunteer families to take in children whose parents are in difficult situations. “By taking them in and caring for them, we can give the parents space and time to help them get back on their feet, and ultimately have their children back with them again,” Anderson said. Anderson decided to visit Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley after a pivotal point in his life. One day at Mt. Sinai, he was interviewing children who were abused, and met a five-year-old girl—almost the same age as his daughter. “Her face was black and blue, and her retina was detached,” Anderson said. “Her brain was swelling, and her arm was broken. My job was to find out what happened, so I met with the mom, and she said she grew up in foster-care—she had no one else. [If] she would have missed one more day of work, she would have lost her job.” Anderson recounted the terrible predicament the mother was in. Her daughter was sick, and she had no one else to turn to; so she called her exboyfriend. She later found out he was on drugs while she was at work. “If someone was there to help her out, this wouldn’t have happened,” Anderson said. “The daughter was the same age as my daughter, and I just started thinking about what if that were to happen in my daughter; so I wrote a letter to Mayor Daley. ... I said, ‘I have this idea: we can recruit hundreds of families to take in children and create a safety-net for children, so if there’s ever a child that’s in [such a] difficult situation, there would be a family there for him.” Daley listened to Anderson, and had a question for the determined doctor: “Is New York doing this?” Anderson immediately replied, “No; we could beat New York.” Daley proceeded to provide the funding for Anderson and his wife Karen to get started. But first, Daley instructed Anderson to meet with the head of Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to “tell them that it’s the best idea I’ve ever heard.” To Anderson’s surprise, DCFS told him the idea would never work, and “don’t bother wasting your time—you’ll be a failure.” “Children are not valuable in our society, unless they’re your own, or unless you adopt them,” a DCFS agent told him. “There’s nobody looking out for someone else’s child, and if you were to be successful, you have to convince people and a large number to love and care for someone else’s child, and then give them back. People won’t do that unless they have an ability to keep them.”

The DCFS words troubled Anderson, but he never wavered.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Philanthropy Anderson often recalls the fate of the many girls and boys with similar fates as the 5-year-old girl he often thinks about. Many are infants without a certain future. “Kids do need a safe place to stay,” he said. “The most common situation is a parent that is homeless or doesn’t have a regular place to

I don’t have any special skills other than I have a family and my house is a little bit bigger than maybe I need. It doesn’t cost me hardly anything to feed a kid for six weeks. (Host families) want to show their kids what it means to be caring for somebody else. It’s not all about them. We have a responsibility to give back. We’ve been blessed and we can give back with money. We can give back with sharing our home. ­­­—DR. DAVID ANDERSON

stay. Domestic violence puts children in a place where there’s nowhere to go. Sometimes a very difficult economic for parents causes a stressful and unsafe environment.”

host families are taking in kids throughout Chicagoland. Safe-Families is sheltering children in 40 states cities, and has assisted in changing 17 laws to benefit children. The organization has also grown in the United Kingdom, where thousands of families are benefiting under their affiliation with local chapters. “I don’t have any special skills, other than I have a family, and my house is a little bit bigger than maybe I need,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t cost me hardly anything to feed a kid for six weeks. [Host families] want to show their kids what it means to be caring for somebody else. It’s not all about them. We have a responsibility to give back. We’ve been blessed, and we can give back with money—we can give back with sharing our home.” Anderson said anyone can provide a Safe-Families home by contacting 773-653-2200, or visiting www.safe-families.org. Companies and organizations can get involved by providing needed supplies such as diapers, clothing and everyday items. ■

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Anderson pointed out that host families normally will take in the child for six weeks on an average. While it seems like a short time, the healing and safety provided to the child can be life-changing. “Even though a child’s body might recover [from] the psychological impact of being harmed by someone who was supposed to care for them, the impact can go well beyond,” he said. Anderson’s vision 16 years ago has a lasting effect for over 50,000 children and the families that cared for them. Today, more than 1,200

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Hinsdale Magazine | Theatre & Arts

1. MEMBERS OF THE 2018/19 BAM CONSEEVATORY ENSEMBLE IN THEIR PERFORMANCE OF INTO THE WOODS (MARCH, 2019), 2. JUNIOR AND HIGH SCHOOL BCE STUDENTS JOIN TOGETHER FOR A MEETING ABOUT AN UPCOMING SPECIAL WORKSHOP; 3. HARMONY FRANCE AND PATRICK HILL CO-TEACH THE HIGH SCHOOL BAM CONSERVATORY ENSEMBLE’S SONG INTERPRETATION CLASS. FRANCE IS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF FIREBRAND THEATRE, WHICH HAS GARNERED SEVERAL JEFF AWARD NOMINATIONS.

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Hinsdale is home to many artistic organizations, and we are so proud to extend our legacy here in this wonderful community that cherishes and supports the performing arts. — MELANIE LAMOUREUX, BAMTHEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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RECLAIM13 GALA Reclaim13 hosted its 5th Annual Cherish

the Dream Gala Event to support Reclaim13. More than 600 guests including business leaders, elected officials, church coalition members and community groups came together to raise almost $600,000 to help provide for the care and healing of local children who have been recovered from sex trafficking. Reclaim13’s mission is to break the cycle of sexual exploitation. (For more information contact info@reclaim13.org).

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NAPLETON PORSCHE 911 UNVEIL The dealership invited guests to view the newest model of the luxury sports car up close and in person complete with an official unveiling, guest speakers, and hors d’oeuvres Napleton Westmont Porscheheld a special launch event for the newest 911 model on Thursday, Oct. 10. Guests in attendance were treated to an official unveiling of the iconic 2020 911 luxury sports car while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a few words from Jeff Witham, General Manager of Napleton Westmont Porsche.

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WELLNESS HOUSE BALL The Joie De Vivre ball, chaired by Anna and Nick Fiascone, Sarah and Sam Richardson and Christine and John Trainer was an inspiring, sold-out event with 576 guests in attendance at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. $1.1 million was raised for people affected by cancer at the Joie de Vivre ball. This included a $300,000 matching gift, made by a collective group of donors to the newly established Jeannie Cella Child & Family Fund. This fund is part of the Wellness House endowment and will support programs for children and families in perpetuity. In response to the match, over $330,000 was raised during the paddle raise. These funds will support current Child and Family Programs.

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Guests dined under crystal chandeliers in the Ritz ballroom. The evening featured a silent and live auction. The highlight of the event was a moving video presentation produced by Maureen Muldoon with an original song created by Cathy Richardson. The video featured three families who have used Wellness House Child and Family Programs and experienced a loss in the family.

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This annual fundraiser is critical to supporting the mission of Wellness House where all services are offered at no cost to educate, support and empower participants so they will improve their physical and emotional well-being. Wellness House now provides cancer support services all around Chicagoland, including the newest and largest partner location at Mile Square Health Center on Chicago’s west side, in addition to the main location in Hinsdale. For more information, visit wellnesshouse.org

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARCELLO RODARTE

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1. Courtney and Sean McCarthy; 2. Chris Marnell, Kate Marnell, Stephanie Brzozowski, Fred Brzozows, Kim Hoddle; 3. Jeannie Cella, Lisa Kolavennu; 4. Mary Grace Burke, Kevin Burke, Georgia Burke, Nolan Burke; 5. Monica Sodikoff, Arpi Thukral, Melissa Schaefer. HINSDALE MAGAZINE | HinsdaleMag.com

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