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Hinsdale Red Dogs Draw Inspiration from Their Best By Scott Jonlich | Photography by Daniel Garcia Brooks Tonn of Hinsdale lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 1, 2017, but his courage and magnetic personality won the hearts and minds of his Hinsdale Red Dogs and Hinsdale Little League baseball communities forever. “Brooks was the first player on the field and the last to leave,’’ said Jeff Lesniewicz, vice president of Red Dogs Baseball. “He was a unique young man who would include the quiet, shy kid, and make him feel a part of the team. Brooks was one of a kind.’’ Brooks’ friends, coaches and the Hinsdale community rallied around him when he was diagnosed with cancer. They drew inspiration from his toughness and positive attitude when the motto


“Brooks Strong” echoed throughout the village. He loved baseball, and he made the game better by his example. That example was recognized by his teammates and coaches when they dedicated the Brooks Tonn Baseball Training Facility in his honor on Jan. 20. Sixteen baseball squads with kids ages 9 through 16 train at the baseball facility, which is located in the basement gymnasium of the old Zion Lutheran School at 125 S. Vine St. in Hinsdale. The Red Dogs organization is installing an emblem on the wall of the facility entrance and at the exit, with the likeness of a fist symbolizing “Brooks Strong” with the inscription, “Be kind— have courage,” as a reminder of how | HINSDALE MAGAZINE, INC.

Brooks played baseball and lived his life. “The kids will tap the wall for him when they enter the facility, and fistbump their teammates when they exit Photography by Daniel Garcia after each practice.’’ Lesniewicz said. “We wanted to do something as an organization to keep his memory alive in the Red Dog program so that every kid that comes through the facility will be able to appreciate his love for the game and his love for life,” said Mike Giunta, president of the Red Dogs organization. Currently, more than 200 kids participate in the Red Dogs organization. Each athlete who steps into the Brooks Tonn Training Facility wears his white workout jersey, but with only one name on the back—Brooks.

CONTENTS | March 2018


Brooks Tonn Training Facility


March/April calendar of events

26 COVER STORY HM talks with Jim Thome, Burr Ridge resident, bound for MLB Hall of Fame



Real Estate Revival


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Jim Thome

Enters the National Baseball Hall of Fame By Scott Jonlich | Photography by Ron Vesely


But Thome is not comfortable played at Illinois Central College, IM THOME received a phone call last where he was selected as a 13thspeaking about his athletic month at his Burr Ridge home from round draft pick in 1989. Growing accomplishments. He deflects much the Baseball Writers’ Association of up as a Chicago Cubs fan, he recalled of his success to the hard work-ethic America to announce voting results making the long drive up to Wrigley his father and coaches instilled in for the Major League Baseball Hall of Field with his father Chuck, and him. Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. dreaming as a boy of playing Major His image as a gentle giant was Sitting alongside his family League Baseball someday. immortalized with his statue in at his dining room table, Thome Jacobs Field in Cleveland, where he He said he never could have learned that he was inducted into played for the Indians most of his imagined he would receive baseball’s the illustrious fraternity on his first career, before joining the Chicago highest honor to be enshrined in ballot. White Sox, and finally retiring with Cooperstown. During his 22-year playing career, the Baltimore Orioles. “There’s a lot of ups and downs,” the 6-foot, 4-inch, 250-pound Thome said. “People slugger personified see the numbers, the the baseball player resume, but they of yesteryear, as the don’t see all the long brawny Thome wore hours in the cage, his black baseball and all the ups and stockings hiked above downs that come with his calves, and sported the game. Once you eye-black each game. —JIM THOME, FIRST-BALLOT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE find as a hitter that The left-handed feeling, you want to hitter was known to keep it as long as you stand in the batter’s can. box, and point his bat The call from the Hall of Fame “My dad was there in the to center field during each at-bat. He filled the Thome household with beginning with long days on the struck fear into the hearts of pitchers, tears of joy. With his wife Andrea, practice field with me when I swinging his way to 612 home runs— daughter Lila, 15, and son Landon, was a young boy. I look back on eighth on the all-time list in a sport 10, at his side, Thome humbly said days with my dad and with the that has been played for nearly 150 “thank you” about ten times during [Cleveland Indians] organization years. Now he is in the company of the phone call, and was almost struck and what the people meant to me baseball legends—Babe Ruth, Lou speechless by the honor. and my teammates—[Indians and Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and the most Philadelphia Phillies manager] “It’s been a wonderful respected athletes who ever played Charlie Manuel and coaches Johnny experience—it’s a dream come true,” the national pastime. Goryl, Dave Keller, Brian Graham, Thome said. “There’s a feeling that Thome’s numbers speak for Mike Hargrove, Dave Nelson and comes over you that’s like no other. themselves, compiling 2,328 hits, Buddy Bell, who pushed us. We were It’s hard to describe this emotion.” 1,699 runs batted in (RBIs) and a fortunate that we had a wonderful Thome hails from Peoria, and .276 lifetime batting average.

It’s been a wonderful “ experience—a dream come true.



National Baseball Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee (first ballot) MLB Debut Sept. 4, 1991 Batting Average .276 Hits 2,328 Home Runs 612 Runs Batted In 1,699 5-time All-Star 1997-1999, 2004, 2006 Silver Slugger Award 1996 AL Comeback Player of the Year 2006 Roberto Clemente Award 2002 NL Home Run Leader 2003 Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame

National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome played 22 years in the major leagues , 11 of which were with the Cleveland Indians. The Peoria native returned home to Chicago to play three years with the White Sox, and is enjoying retirement in Burr Ridge as a special consultant to the Sox.

Hinsdale Magazine | Cover Story 500TH HOME RUN WITH WHITE SOX Jim Thome recorded his 500th home run on September 16, 2007 at US Cellular Field. The walk-off homer beat the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the 9th. Thome has the most walk-off home runs in MLB history.

I have to pinch myself because “now I’m a part of a fraternity that is pretty special. ”

group that truly cared about their guys.” The prestigious Hall of Fame reflects only one percent of the entire history of more than 19,000 players that have ever played in the major leagues. Thome will enter the hall in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 29 with an elite group that includes Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal Expos), Chipper Jones (Atlanta Braves) and Trevor Hoffman (San Diego Padres). Thome ranks seventh in career walks with 1,747, helping him to a career .402 on-base percentage. His .956 OPS is 20th all-time and 147 adjusted-OPS is tied for 42nd. He had the most walkoff home runs in history. White Sox fans witnessed one of Thome’s most famous walk-off homers—the 500th of his career, coincidentally—in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sept. 16, 2007. In the stands



was his father, next to his wife Andrea, who was pregnant and near-term with their son. He laughed when he recalled the pressure of getting the 600th home run “out of the way” so she would not have to accompany him on the next road-trip. Thome’s success in pressure situations was a testament to his clutch ability, and helped him to earn 89.81 percent of the baseball writers’ 440 ballots—36th highest of all-time. Incidentally, he is also the 36th most-durable player in terms of games played among all inductees. During an embarrassing period in baseball history in which many players used performance-enhancement supplements | HINSDALE MAGAZINE, INC.

and steroids, Thome was not suspected as a steroid user, and has been respected by writers and colleagues as being a throwback to players who grinded through injuries with hard work and a dedicated workout regiment. The Hall of Fame is a place of honor as much as it is a place to recognize athletic accomplishments, focusing on the ethics of its inductees. Such scrutiny has resulted in iconic players such as Pete Rose (first alltime in hits), Roger Clemens (third all-time in strikeouts) and Barry Bonds (762 career home runs) to be excluded from the sacred club. Thome’s achievements on the baseball field and his moral character are in alignment with Cooperstown, and he stated publicly that he will wear the Indian’s “Block-C” logo instead of the Chief Wahoo design, which has been a controversial topic

across the nation. “I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. He will be only the 13th player to represent the Indians in the Hall of Fame. CHICAGO HOMECOMING Thome’s career had a happy homecoming when the Phillies traded him to the White Sox on Nov. 25, 2005 for outfielder Aaron Rowand. The trade brought the first baseman back to his home state and his family, and allowed him to earn at-bats as a designated hitter. Sadly, his mother Joyce died of lung cancer ten months earlier on Jan. 5, 2005. “Coming home in the trade from Philadelphia was wonderful for me, because [my] mom just passed, and baseball has this special way of healing family things that are happening in your life. I know it did that for us. It definitely brought me closure,

and eased that pain of mom’s death, and it helped everyone in our family.’’ Thome said he carried his mother’s spirit throughout his life, and continues to honor her memory with his wife and children. “Growing up, my mom was our family’s rock and go-to person,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s how you treat people, and for me, it was a reflection on my parents— especially my mother. It’s what mothers do great—to teach us how to treat people.” As Thome looks back on his playing career through the lens of Cooperstown, he said he is now firmly focused on what’s ahead in his future with his family front and center. “Our kids mean everything to us,” he said. “It’s the No. 1 thing that I wake up to every day. They are my first thought and last thought of the day. Everything is based around my kids and my wife. It’s the most

special thing to me. It’s why you live—to support your kids, to teach them and guide them, discipline them, and to have a wife like mine who supports me as much as I support her.’’ Thome is looking forward to returning to Cooperstown for the induction ceremony with his entire family. He recalls coming with his father when he delivered the 500th home run ball to the baseball museum and the 600th home run ball with his young son. “The first trip, my dad came with me to Cooperstown, and we enjoyed a day and half there—it was incredible to do that with my father,” he said. “My son and I delivered the 600th ball during one of the Cooperstown old-timer’s games, and I represented the Indians. To be a part of it all with my dad, and knowing what that meant to him, and then to be able to share that with my son, is great.” n

Baseball legend and Burr Ridge resident Jim Thome waits with his family for the call from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to notify him of his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.




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With the spring real estate market in full-swing, we checked in with two local real estate agents, Elizabeth Burke of Berkshire Hathaway and Dawn McKenna of Coldwell Banker, to get a read on what’s happening. By Kerrie Kennedy | Photo by Marco Nunez


WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THE SPRING MARKET SO FAR? Dawn McKenna: This market has been heating up since

Jan. 4, and right now, it’s hotter than it’s been in two years. We had five new listings last week, and sold all five houses in one week. Of course, all of them were priced perfectly and finished to perfection. Elizabeth Burke: It has been crazy busy! I’ve done more in the first quarter than the first half of the year [last year], and I’m expecting the rest of the spring market to be crazy busy through July 4. Confidence in the market is way up. I think a lot of people are seeing it’s a good opportunity right now, because rates are going up a little bit. WOULD YOU SAY IT’S MORE OF A SELLER’S MARKET OR A BUYER’S MARKET? Dawn McKenna: It’s kind of a hybrid right now. There’s

inventory out there that hasn’t been absorbed yet, and there’s more coming on. At the same time, sellers are really listening to what buyers are giving them in terms of feedback, whether it’s a price reduction or staining the floors, so I think it’s kind of even—it’s neck and neck right this second. It’s an excellent time to sell, and an excellent time to buy, which is very unusual. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON INVENTORY? Elizabeth Burke: It’s low. A lot of what’s out there has

been out there for a while. Anything that’s priced over $1.5 million is a little slower to sell. Dawn McKenna: There’s not a lot of new construction available right now, so it’s a real opportunity for the resale market right now, as long as it’s priced properly and finished well.

This market has been heating up since Jan. 4, and right now, it’s hotter than it’s been in two years. —DAWN MCKENNA

WHAT ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW IN GENERAL? Elizabeth Burke: People want land. They want more

yard, which is something relatively new. Buyers want to entertain at home and outdoors as much as possible. Dawn McKenna: Everybody wants new construction, whether they’re over 50, under 50, [have] kids, no kids, whatever. It’s just assumed that new construction is easier—and what’s not to like? It’s like having a new car. That said, older homes that are executed well can accommodate buyers’ needs. WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT? Dawn McKenna: Everybody wants a nice, open-concept

family room/kitchen, and almost everyone likes white. It’s clean, and it’s a look they can envision themselves in. Attached garages are among the top three things people want, but it’s the first thing they’ll get over if the house has everything else they’re looking for. Classic floor-plans



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The expectation is, the basement is going to be finished, the paint is fresh, the kitchen updated...the baths marble and the kitchen white. In this area, buyers want high-end finishes. —ELIZABETH BURKE

with good flow always sell, and sports courts—inside or outside—are extremely coveted, and classic floor-plans with good flow always sell. Wine cellars, on the other hand, seem to be going to the wayside. Elizabeth Burke: I think the farmhouse seems to be trending out. People are going for more contemporary clean lines and big windows—big open-living spaces. People aren’t as concerned with formal living spaces anymore. In fact, a lot of people are converting their living rooms to offices, because more and more people are working from home. Most buyers want move-in ready. The expectation is the basement is going to be finished, the paint is fresh, the kitchen updated (quartz is the stone everyone wants), the baths marble and the kitchen white. In this area, buyers want high-end finishes. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TO SELL RIGHT NOW? Dawn McKenna: The over-$3 million market is a

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Elizabeth Burke: I haven’t seen it that much of an increase. I do a lot of work in the city, and that is definitely an escalating market where you’re going to get the big increases. Steady is a good word for what we’re seeing in the Hinsdale area. Dawn McKenna: What’s so different right now is that buyers are utilizing data analytics from the get-go, so they know what the most expensive house sold for, and how long it took to sell. They’re very prepared, and they want to make sure they’re getting a great price per square-foot. It’s less about emotion, and more about numbers. WHAT MAKES THE HINSDALE AREA MARKET SPECIAL? Elizabeth Burke: In Oak Brook and Burr Ridge, you

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GAINING TRACTION Children’s Home + Aid’s Rice Center works with the state’s neediest children By Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia

Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago visited the Rice Center in Evanston last month.


hen local residents think of Children’s Home The center, formerly known as the Evanston Receiving Center, has extensive roots in Evanston, dating to 1908. To + Aid (CH + A), light and bright colors put its age in context, Polan said Northwestern University, often spring to mind, emanating from the suits, a couple of miles north and east of the center, is roughly dresses and bonnets at Derby Day, the Hinsdale 155 years old, and St. Nicholas Church, across the street, is auxiliary’s annual fundraiser. But this event, although a crucial fundraiser for the about 125. organization, which provides foster care and other “We are the longest-running program in the agency, and probably the oldest social service agency here in Evanston,” social services to thousands of children statewide, stands in he said. stark contrast to the darker, drearier reality that the CH + A Despite their presence in the community for above a staff confront on a daily basis. Last month, Hinsdale Magazine toured the Daniel F. century, Polan said it is only in the past ten years that CH and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center (also called the Rice + A staff has really made strides to forge relationships with Center) in Evanston with a handful of Hinsdale auxiliary neighbors, adding that public condominiums now hold their members. meetings in the center’s conference room. The Rice Center functions as a temporary residence for “We’ve begun to build some really nice relationships children 6 to 16 years of age in foster care that struggle with within our community,” Polan said. The majority of children the center services are wards severe mental health and behavioral issues. The center’s of the State of Illinois, meaning they are under the legal objective is to work with the children on their individual guardianship of the state’s Department of Children and challenges, and eventually return them to healthy and Family Services (DCFS). Others are under the care of their profitable home environments. Center director Keith Polan said CH + A views the parents through private health insurance or funded using kids as having “significant behavior [and] mental health alternative mechanisms. “You line those kids up, and you can’t tell me who is challenges that don’t allow them to be able to be successful under the care of DCFS, at this time.” “Ninety-eight who has Blue Cross Blue percent of the time, Shield, and who has our kids look like other funding resources,” every other kid,” Polan said. “Our kids Polan said. “It’s look a lot alike.” Since the children that two percent reside at the center, that requires our —KEITH POLAN, DIRECTOR OF THE RICE CENTER CH + A provides services. When my around-the-clock care, son doesn’t want employing one staff to have whatever member per three children, and two workers during bedtime we’re having for breakfast, and he yells at me or has a and overnight hours. little meltdown, but gets off to school—our kids can’t stop “It’s really giving the kids the support that they need and that meltdown. Our kids become aggressive; they become the truth that they need to be successful,” Polan said. self-injurious; they become impulsive, and run out of the The kids participate in a variety of activities such as building.—That’s the difference.” According to CH + A, 88 percent of center children have kickball and puzzles on a daily basis at the center, designed endured some form of neglect or physical or sexual abuse. to develop critical life-skills they will need to possess upon On average, kids have experienced six unsuccessful fosterdeparting the facility, including sportsmanship, social skills, care placements, and roughly three-quarters have been problem-solving and the ability to work collaboratively. “Every opportunity is a treatment opportunity,” Polan hospitalized at least once due to psychiatric concerns. “There are a lot of kids that have similar trauma histories said. ... “We want to maximize our treatment opportunities.” that don’t require this level of care,” Polan said. “They During our visit to the center, musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago dropped by to share their talents with receive their treatment in less restrictive environments.”

“It’s really giving the kids the support that they need and the truth that they need to be successful.”



Hinsdale Magazine | Giving Back the children. Among their selections was a small-ensemble fed, keep them safe, clothed, maybe some therapy with what arrangement of Smetana’s famous “Die Moldau.” our partners are giving us.” “We know that when our kids are exposed to music and Polan said under these conditions, it’s difficult to employ rhythm, that is a soothing mechanism for them,” Polan said. people in “entry-level positions” that require considerable According to Polan, each child receives a minimum of one patience, perseverance and dedication in “working with the hour of art therapy and one hour of yoga therapy each week. toughest kids in the system.” “We use a lot of creative expression,” he said. “Not everyone can do the work that we do here,” he said, Using these diversified experiences, the objective is for the “and that’s not a knock on anyone. I’ve had people say, ‘I don’t child to set off from the center having acquired useful skills know how you guys do it; you guys are crazy for doing it.’ It that he or she can apply in a different environment. takes the right person, and then we find that right person, and “Kids can’t take their favorite therapist, their favorite we pay them an awful wage.—Or they can go down the street residential counselor—their favorite director—with them to Starbucks and get the same wage, if not better.” In the years to come, Polan said he doesn’t anticipate “any when they move into a foster home, but they can take the relief going forward” from Illinois, thus placing the onus on experiences,” Polan said. The kids also attend school at the local Evanston public private fundraising sources like the Hinsdale auxiliary. school district, with which CH + A has partnered for a number “We want to do the work right,” he said. “We want to have enough case managers, so of years. The current average we’re engaging families; age of children at the we want to have enough Rice Center is roughly 11, therapists, so we have which Polan said is the reasonable caseloads. youngest in the ten years That’s where the private he’s been there. money comes [in]. Every “I’ve always said, ‘Yes, dollar that I can take kids don’t need to be in away from expenses like institutions; I don’t want birthdays, that’s $3,000 them here,’ ” he said, or $4,000 a year that I can —KEITH POLAN “but if you get them to put into a case manager’s us early, and we can give salary, or hiring an art them the skills and the therapist. It is really that opportunity to grow and connect with families, we can avoid 20, 22 percent where we get our outcomes.” In recent years, Polan said CH + A has been significantly those 18 months of failures and rejections that we often spend decreasing its customary lengths of residential stays. Just five time just unraveling here.” Polan said instilling a family environment among center years ago, he said the average stay was 30 months, or two and a residents is a priority, adding that “we want every opportunity half years, while today, kids are on campus for just 13 months to feel as much like a family as possible.” on average, or barely above a year. “We see families as our partners—we know families are “I always say we can do this work in six months for 80 our partners; they have to be our partners,” he said. “We have percent of our kids,” Polan said. “A lot of that is on us; a lot of plenty of data that shows kids who have more connections us is also on the system that can take these kids and have the to their families and their communities do better here. ... We right foster homes.” n build friendships, but we’re not your friend; we parent you, The Hinsdale auxiliary of Children’s Home + Aid will host [but] we’re not your parents; you live here, but this isn’t your Derby Day, its largest annual fundraiser, at Hinsdale Golf home. This is a moment in time to get the help that you need. “Our job is to work with you and your families and your Club in Clarendon Hills on May 5. The event will run roughly caseworkers and whoever else is involved to get you into a from 4 to 10 p.m., with the auxiliary seeking to rekindle the family setting where you can continue to live [and] grow.” tradition of watching the Kentucky Derby prior to the evening Currently, Polan said the Rice Center is most beset by festivities. Rob Johnson of WBBM Ch. 2, a Hinsdale resident, funding challenges, stemming from a stagnant flow of revenue will emcee for the second consecutive year. Auxiliary members entering from the state. said groups of ladies are welcome to attend on their own if their “We have not gotten a raise from our contractors in ten spouses are unable. For more information about Children’s years,” he said. “So we are expected to do more; we want to do Home + Aid, visit more. The money that our contracts from the State of Illinois covers [is] about 78 percent of our costs—so we can keep kids

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Pillars Community Health PILLARS BALL

Photography provided by Pillars Community Health Pillars Community Health hosted the 2018 Pillars Ball at the Hilton-Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook on Jan. 20. The event marked the organization’s first fundraiser as a merged organization (Community Nurse Health Center and Pillars merged to form Pillars Community Health on Jan. 1).

Pillars Ball committee led by co-chairs Julie Serrano (second from left) and Rose Ashby (third from left)

The new non-profit is one of only a few organizations in the state to integrate primary medical and dental care with mental health and social services. Individuals and families in the western and southwestern suburbs now have access to a variety of services through one organization. 480 area residents attended the ball to show their support. In addition to attendees, the gala brought in 75 volunteers, 102 auction and raffle donors and 29 sponsors, including local businesses and community leaders. Together, they helped raise $250,000 to support the organization’s programs.

Board chair Zada Clarke and President and CEO Angela Curran

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Hinsdale Historical Society LUNCHEON

Photography by Mike Ellis More than 100 ladies from the western suburbs gathered for the annual Hinsdale Historical Society (HHS) Women’s Board luncheon at Hinsdale Golf Club in Clarendon Hills on Jan. 24.

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Cookbook author and entertaining expert Marc Sievers served as guest speaker for the afternoon, providing ladies with some brief tips for throwing dinner parties. HHS president Jane Coyne and executive director Lynne Smaczny shared some of the society’s ongoing activities with guests, including the creation of a legacy exhibit at the new Hinsdale Middle School, an historic tours mobile application of various R. Harold Zook homes in Hinsdale, and working with American Legion Post 250 in Hinsdale, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Emily Van Houtte, co-chair of the women’s board, explained that this entity functions as the “fundraising arm” of the historical society, predominantly fueled by the Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk the Friday before Mother’s Day each May. Annette Fryzel and Julie Sutton, co-chairs of the kitchen walk, communicated some brief details concerning the six homes they have selected to be featured on the walk.

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Clarendon Hills Infant Welfare SPARKLE BENEFIT Photography by Daniel Garcia More than 200 local residents supported Chicago families receiving complimentary medical and dental care at “Sparkle,” the Clarendon Hills chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago auxiliary’s annual benefit, at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook on Jan. 27.

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Many attendees adopted the glamorous evening theme, which was reflected in their “vintage Hollywood” attire. During the dinner, chapter president Julia Costello thanked the audience for attending the benefit and supporting Infant Welfare (IWS). Costello spoke briefly concerning the society’s Angel Harvey Family Health Center in the Logan Square neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago, indicating that last year, the clinic provided more than 4,000 well-women visits, served 5,000 dental patients, supplied 5,000 counseling visits and visited with 8,000 pediatric patients. Live auction prizes included the ever-popular “backyard bash,” presented by Firewater BBQ.

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Nicole Nieves functioned as the guest speaker for the evening, recounting the harrowing story of her teenaged mother’s pregnancy with her more than three decades earlier. Nieves communicated to the audience that her mom now works for IWS, encouraging young women who are now in the position she once endured. For more information about the Clarendon Hills chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago auxiliary, visit www.

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CUPID COURTS Photography by Daniel Garcia One Friday every February, the platform tennis ladies of the western suburbs put aside their competitive nature, and enjoy a day of fun paddle play for a good cause. For the past seven years, a group of women passionate about paddle, led by Katy Lee and Maria Mohl, have hosted Cupid Courts Misericordia, a day of friendly paddle play to raise money for Misericordia. This event has grown in popularity, and raises more than $25,000 a year, hosting almost 100 women from Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Oak Brook and Burr Ridge. Paddle tennis pros from the area donate lessons, equipment and time to this event each year, along with above 40 business and families that sponsor and donate raffle items. Founded in 1921, Misericordia currently supports more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. This most vulnerable population lives in an environment of respect and beauty, where they are challenged to be their best, thanks to the loving care of Misericordia staff and volunteers. For more information about Misericordia, visit

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The Community House BAND TOGETHER Photography by Daniel Garcia

More than 200 guests celebrated The Community House’s (TCH) 25 years of service in the Willowbrook Corner neighborhood at Band Together on Feb. 10.

Braden and Alice Waverley and Mary and Mark Henneman

Attendees collaborated to raise nearly $29,000, which will allow TCH’s Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program to continue to provide learning programs for students, access to resources for parents, and family support through counseling services. TCH has been a consistent and impactful partner in the Willowbrook Corner community, providing educational and recreational opportunities to at-risk, low-income children in the underprivileged neighborhood.

Infinity band members: Bob Biagi, John Craig, Dean Mattese, Mike Szot, Lance Tuula, and Ben Tuula

The event was co-chaired by Trayce and Tony Biancalana, Alyssa and Matt Guido, and Tracey and Stuart McCarroll. Guests enjoyed dancing to live music by the bands Infinity and The Millennials, as well as delicious food provided by Taste of Home and Pies by Fasano, a specialty bar from Menu Collective and Jim Beam, and raffle prizes including a weeklong stay at a house in Sonoma. Proceeds will be used to provide educational supplies, an enhanced life-skills curriculum and educational field trips to local children served year-round through this programming. For more information about The Community House, visit

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Crisis TEXT LINE A mental health forum By Mike Ellis


Hinsdale Magazine | Spotlight

Jesse Rosas, Judy Hsu, and Greg DiDomenico

The Hinsdale-based Community Memorial Foundation (CMF) is rolling out a new partnership with a non-profit organization called the Crisis Text Line, designed to assist local children and adolescents experiencing stress and anxiety. Last month on Feb. 7, the foundation hosted a panel luncheon at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale, inviting a number of area school administrators and PTO representatives. “As a foundation, we remain committed to increasing awareness of good mental health and wellness, demystifying the stigma attached to mental illness, educating our region about local resources, and collaborating to address the increased need,” CMF CEO Greg DiDomenico said. Administrators from Hinsdale Central and Lyons Township High Schools were in attendance, as well as staff and parents from


their respective feeder elementary districts. “It’s so great to see so many school, parent and community leaders in the room,” DiDomenico said. ... “As school and nonprofit leaders, you make a difference each and every day in the lives of our young leaders.” DiDomenico showed a 15-second public service announcement concerning suicide that is available for viewing on the foundation’s Web site. According to DiDomenico, the foundation collaborated with Hinsdale Central, Lyons Township and Nazareth Academy in creating the video, holding a number of youth focus groups to develop it. “The advice of one sophomore stood out,” he said. “She recommended that we post information on the washroom stalls

that would serve as a resource for students experiencing a mental health issue.” Consequently, in partnership with the Crisis Text Line, the foundation designed magnets for washrooms, locker rooms and kitchen refrigerators. These magnets, which were freely distributed to luncheon attendees, provide information concerning the Crisis Text Line, encouraging kids in need to text “NOW” to the number 741-741. According to the magnet, the service offers “free, confidential support with a trained crisis counselor” around the clock. Judy Hsu, co-anchor of the 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekday newscasts on WLS Ch. 7, then conducted a panel with three specialists: Alisa Messana, a licensed clinical social worker and co-chair of the SELAS committee at Elm Elementary School and Hinsdale Middle School, Maureen Kidd, director of student services at La Grange School District 105, and Sara Woodson, a crisis counselor and supervisor with the Crisis Text Line. Hsu cited a statistic that almost 16 percent of Illinois highschool students have “seriously considered” attempting suicide. More locally, she said in zip code 60513 (Brookfield), the emergency room rate due to adolescent suicide and intentional selfinflicted injury is more than double the Cook County average. “We have definitely seen a trend in our middle schools and our elementary buildings of students who are struggling with anxiety and depression, and recovering from traumatic events within their childhood,” Kidd said. “This trend has been so significant in our district that our school board has supported a significant increase in social work services within each of our buildings.” As far as what schools can do to promote good mental health, Kidd recommended the following three approaches: w Improving connections staff make with students: At Gurrie Middle School in District 105, students are required to identify one to three key people in the building at the beginning of the school-year that they can depend upon when experiencing a problem. w Providing educational opportunities on mental wellness and “self-care” and coping strategies: These include honing an appropriate level of sleep, exercise, nutrition, understanding the relationship between general health and mental health, making time to disconnect from technological devices, and working to find daily activities that assist in coping with stress. w Assisting parents in making connections with students on a daily basis. “Studies have shown that students who have a trusted adult in their daily lives have better outcomes related to recovering from a mental health crisis or a mental health challenge,” Kidd said. ... “I think we can be doing more in a systematic way about talking about how important these pieces around self-care are.” Hsu, a mother of four children herself, asked Messana about what parents can do to be involved the process. According to Messana, kids vary in terms of when they are

open to discussing issues they experience. “Kids don’t come with instructions,” she said. “There’s so many things in life, to me, that seem silly that come with instructions sometimes, but children really don’t. A lot of it is really hit or miss trying to figure it out as you’re going along as a parent. I think it’s hard—especially as your child gets older and moves into adolescence—to decide what’s the difference between a bad day and maybe a budding mental health issue that’s coming along.” Messana said parents should look for patterns or something “persistently wrong with your child,” as opposed to dwelling on momentary or fleeting incidents. In the case of younger children, she said parents should watch more astutely for physical symptoms like stomachaches or headaches. “For parents, it’s just really being in tune with your children,” Messana said, adding that parents should make sure their kids know the identity of their school counselor, as well as where in the building that person can be found. Discussing the Crisis Text Line concept, Woodson said 83 percent of people that text the service are connected with a crisis counselor within five minutes. “We offer a system where you can text us from anywhere in the United States,” she said. ... “As long as you have an iPad or a phone or even can be connected with us.” According to Woodson, the most common place people text the service is in school, followed by at home, and then at a workplace. “While we might think that in our homes, we’re seeing more problems, it’s actually in our schools that children have that heightened sense of stress or anxiety or worry,” she said. Woodson said all Crisis Text Line volunteers have been trained, completing 30 hours of crisis training. Further, they are backed by supervisors, all of whom possess advanced degrees. According to Woodson, reported “crises” range from breakups to more serious issues like thoughts of suicide. In contemplated suicide cases, the crisis counselors ask if the individual has devised a plan, whether he or she possesses the means to complete that plan, and if so, when that plan is going to be completed. Partnering with local EMS and police, Woodson said Crisis Text Line has completed approximately 11,000 “active rescues” to date, meaning the individual was at “such an imminent risk” that he or she required onsite assistance. “If we get to a point where this texter is not willing to work with us to create a safety plan to keep themselves safe, to reach out to someone in their life,” she said, “that’s when we can perform an active rescue.” n For more information about the Community Memorial Foundation, visit To learn more about the Crisis Text Line, go to




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Hinsdale Magazine | Insight

Image management Keeping up appearances One of my wife’s favorite television programs is that old British sitcom, Keeping Up Appearances. Maybe you’ve seen it. The program features a middle-aged woman named Hyacinth, whose life is obsessively focused on presenting to her suburban neighbors the appearance that she and her family are people of consummate nobility, control, sophistication and success. Hyacinth spends an enormous amount of time peering out the window to see what other people are doing, or to note who may be watching so that she can impress them when she goes out on the street. She is endlessly dropping names. She perfumes the performance of her family members. She snidely or subtly runs others down. This is Hyacinth’s life. Those of us who’ve watched this show don’t know whether to laugh at Hyacinth or cry for her. She is comical and tragic at the same time. The truth is that nobody is actually watching Hyacinth anywhere near as closely as she imagines. Most of her neighbors are utterly oblivious to her act, because they are so busy putting on their own act. Or else, they have long since written Hyacinth off as wacky and self-deluded. More tragic still is the fact that the real self and family behind the managed image she presents is a whole lot more interesting and inspiring of compassion or empathy than the false self she works so hard to project. I’m embarrassed to admit how much like Hyacinth’s life mine has been at times. I remember the words of a high-school girlfriend, who broke up with me on the grounds that she found me “too smooth.” “And that’s bad?” I said. “Yes,” she replied, “you work so hard to keep anyone from seeing your cracks and crevices, Dan. You don’t realize that it is those real things that would let me hold onto you. If you could just get real about your issues, you’d have something more significant to work on than your look.” Ouch—wow—hmm... I’m still thinking about those words. What do you think? Is there any Hyacinth in you? Pursuing par In his book, On Paradise Drive, David Brooks of The New York Times offers insight into how this mindset insinuates itself into the life of entire communities today. Brooks contends, with some exaggeration, that suburbs like the ones most of us live in enshrine the pursuit of a state of being he calls “par.” “The suburban knight strives to have his life together, to achieve mastery over the great dragons: tension, hurry, anxiety and disorder. He tries to create a world and a lifestyle in which he can

achieve that magic state of productive harmony and peace.” When you’re living on par, Brooks says, “you can glide through your days without unpleasant distractions or tawdry failures. Your [media] collection is organized, and so is your walk-in closet. Your car is clean and vacuumed. ... Your telephone plan is suited to your needs, and your various gizmos interact without conflict. Your spouse is athletic, your kids are bright, your job is rewarding, your promotions are inevitable. … You look great in casual slacks. … You radiate confidence and calm.” “You may not be the most intellectual or philosophical person on the planet, but you are honest and straightforward, friendly and good-hearted. As you drive home, you observe that the lawns in your neighborhood are carefully tended, so as to best maintain the flow of par. Your neighbors all know that one cannot allow too much time to pass between mowings, and one cannot mow when the grass is wet, lest it lead to clumping. ... One cannot cut the grass too short, lest one stress the lawn. One cannot leave one’s [recycling bins] out long after the garbage has been collected, lest one disturb the par of the streetscape.” Getting real Brooks is engaging in some hyperbolic satire here, but he hasn’t missed the reality entirely. If we’re not careful, we can become a Hyacinth or a Peter Par. Life becomes consumed with projecting and managing an image. We may put out an appearance of being more loving, competent, creative, happy, in control, spiritual, noble or something else than we are. We may put others down, because it makes our scorecard in these areas seem better. But the effort to maintain this smooth image is exhausting. It is not the truth about us. And both comically and tragically, this effort separates us further from God, others and the healthier self we might become. How different life would be in suburbia today if we stopped the pretending and frankly admitted to God, ourselves and one another that our lives are a lot messier, more unresolved and truly confusing than we project them to be. How amazing would it be if we shared more frequently with each other what we are still working on, what we despair of ever changing, and how we hunger for the companionship of people who understand this, without judgment. There’s an old term that once was used for people like that: “neighbors.”

DAN MEYER Columnist Dan Meyer is senior pastor of Christ Church Oak Brook. His additional writings and messages can be found at


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As America’s “zone coach,” there is one craft I’ve honed in my 43-year career, and that’s the ability to attract the “zone” with my simple, proven S.C.O.R.E. success system. Here are the most frequently asked questions about this amazing mindset that is available for you, your company and family to become your genuine, authentic best selves. Q. What is the zone? A. The zone is a mind-body fusion in which your full potential surfaces. In this state of mind, you are totally immersed in the moment. You will have extreme positivity with 30 to 40 percent fewer thoughts than average. Your subconscious mind takes over your actions, as it controls all your bodily functions and your “sixth senses” of intuition,


remote viewing and other paranormal abilities. Once in this mindset, you will have a “purposeful calm” feeling that nothing can go wrong. Q. Is zone attainment limited to athletes? A. Not hardly. The zone can come to you when you read a book, watch a movie, execute a business transaction, play a musical instrument or take a final exam in school. Q. Can anyone get in the zone? A. Yes, the zone is attainable by everyone. There are no restrictions. In fact, in a privately-funded research project in 1974, I discovered that children from birth to five years old were in the zone. This is why you (and everyone else) learned

more in the first 60 months of life than the rest of your life cumulatively. Q. Can the zone impact your wellness? A. Absolutely; in the zone mindset, your body becomes a natural prevention and healing machine. Colds are prevented, healing is accelerated—and this includes placing cancer in remission in many cases (I was one of these cases). Q. Can I be in the zone all the time? A. No, you will need rest periods to replenish your mental and physical energy. Q. Do champions try to get in the zone? A. No, trying in the physical sense only repels the zone. Once in the zone, you will look physically effortless and give the impression you’re not trying. Q. How long can I expect the zone to last? A. You can enter the zone, and then without warning, you can leave it. It will last a minimum of 10 to 12 seconds (enough time to drain a birdie putt). The longest duration I’ve witnessed was 33 days. Joey Cora, former All-Star second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, stayed in the zone for the month of May 1997, plus two days. He led the American League in hitting that month with a staggering .449 batting average, and he broke the all-time American League record for consecutive games with a hit for a switch-hitting batter. Just before entering the zone, he was a lifetime .272 hitter. Q. How do you naturally get in the zone? A. Pressure or stress is the ignition fuel needed, and the zone is the reaction. This “fight or flight” syndrome is swiftly triggered when you are especially in danger. The zone functions to protect you and keep you out of harm’s way. Many people have experienced the zone when they’ve been in a car accident, when everything was surreal and seemed to be in slow-motion. Q. What takes you out of the zone? A. Typically, it’s thoughts about the past and the future. In fact, when you’re aware of being in the zone, you’re not in it anymore. Of course, negative thoughts of being a victim or judge are zone-breakers. In addition, your cell phone is definitely not zone-friendly. Q. How do you get in the zone without trauma or severe stress?

A. Goals with timelines or deadlines will create the stress needed to attract the zone. Salespeople can get in the zone at the end of the month when they need to meet their quotas. A student can get in the zone when a term paper is due and the deadline is near. Without a long-term blueprint, this type of yo-yo performing will eventually have adverse effects. Q. Is there a recovery time once you leave the zone? A. Most of the time, yes. If you have the mental tools, you can swiftly re-attract the zone in less than 90 seconds. However, recovery time depends on the zone duration and the individual, but within 30 minutes, most return to a normal state. After days or weeks of being in the zone, you may need a day off or two to replenish your mental and physical energy. Q. Can a company or family get in the zone? A. Absolutely; entire companies, teams, departments, groups and families can be trained to perform and function in the zone. This attains its ultimate state when individuals collectively enter this mindset with a common bond and desired result. Go Bears; go Sox; go Cubs; go Hawks; go Red Devils. Q. Is the zone contagious? A. Absolutely; most great leaders in life, business and sports have used their own zone state to influence others in their group, team and/or family. Q. What happens physically when you are in the zone? A. All of the following occurs within 1/100 of a second of the zone arriving. The blood vessels and capillaries in your stomach will constrict, diverting the blood to the brain for clarity, and the large muscles for inordinate strength, speed, agility and quickness. This constriction is the feeling of the “butterflies.” This is the body preparing to enter the zone. If the trauma or stress is swift, the “butterflies” may come after the event is over as the blood rushes back to the stomach. In the zone, your eyes will dilate, and the shutter speed doubles or triples. This will give you the illusion of a surreal or even slow-motion performance. A natural chemical cocktail floods your body, giving you instant energy. You will perform with grace, balance and fluidity. You will operate with intuition and a sense of knowing. Once locked in place, you will have a feeling that nothing will go wrong. You will be totally immersed in the present tense.

JIM FANNIN Columnist Jim’s new book, The Blueprint: A Proven Plan For Successful Living os now on The Jim Fannin Show is on Apple Podcasts, Sticher Google Play and TuneIn Radio. Follow Jim Fannin on Twitter, LinkedIN, Facebook and Instagram.



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Hinsdale Magazine March 2018  
Hinsdale Magazine March 2018