April 2019 Scene & Seen
ELMHURST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION raised nearly $79,000 at its 19th annual Chef Fest held at Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. Proceeds support future service enhancements so Elmhurst Hospital can maintain its commitment to delivering state-of-the-art healthcare to the community.
More than 30 area restaurants, bakeries and caterers featured their appetizers, entrées, desserts and drinks during the event.
Photo courtesy of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation
Attending Chef Fest were Denise Chamberlain, chief financial officer at Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH), of Downers Grove; Mary Lou Mastro, system CEO at EEH; (front) Joe Dant, system VP for Physician & Ambulatory Network at EEH, and Jan Dant, both of Batavia
Elmhurst Hospital teen volunteers at Chef Fest (from left): Louis Cimino of Elmhurst, Ethan Mesina of Glen Ellyn, Vincent Catalano and Seraphina Ricchetti of Lombard, and Kendall Vorel of Elmhurst.
TriCity Family Services Walk of Fame Gala
TriCity Family Services Walk of Fame Gala, held in March at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, rolled out the red carpet to more than 360 attendees. The evening was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Ron Onesti (President and CEO of Arcada Theatre in St. Charles) who led the festivities with the help of auctioneer Dan Campbell of Raising Paddles. Among the VIP guests of honor were St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina, Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. Since 1967, TriCity Family Services has been Kane County’s leading provider of counseling and other mental health services to clients of all ages and income levels.
TriCity Family Services’ Board President Cheryl Johnson of Batavia
From left: Jennifer anFrom left: St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina, TriCity Family Services’ Executive Director Laura Poss of North Aurora, Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Gala Master of Ceremonies Ron Onesti of St. Charlesd John Conroyd and Phil and Annmarie Fornaro, all of La Grange
DuPage Foundation’s Next Generation Initiative Charity Trivia Night
The DuPage Foundation’s Next Generation Initiative Charity Trivia Night was held recently at Empire Burger & Brews in Naperville. Thirty teams of know-it-alls from around the suburbs competed on behalf of their favorite charities. First Midwest Bank and friends, playing under the name Alternative Facts, won the trophy for the evening and donated its winnings — a $2,000 grant — to Little Friends, Inc., a Naperville-based charity that offers programs to empower clients with autism and other developmental disabilities to thrive within their communities.
Next Generation Initiative seeks the engagement of community leaders inphilanthropic activities and provides people with opportunities to meet others Interested in raising the quality of life for residents of DuPage County.
From left: Joyce Vey and Julie Newman of Aurora, Jessica Glasson of Glen Ellyn and Diane Lillwitz of Lemont
Legacy Guild Big Spring Event
Lgacy Guild’s Big Spring Event, held recently at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, netted more than $150,000 for the Legacy Guild Scholar program. The evening was attended by 300 people and included dancing to a live band and a silent auction. The La Grange-based Guild has now provided nearly $673,500 in college scholarship awards to more than 110 area scholars who have lost a parent since its founding in 2012 by a group of men from the La Grange area who were drawn together by a cluster of sudden deaths within their communities.
From left: Jennifer and John Conroyd and Phil and Annmarie Fornaro, all of La Grange
Emcees Troy Murray, a former Blackhawks player, and Steve Palmer of La Grange auction off a Blackhawks jersey (held by Tom Cushing of La Grange)
Northern Illinois Food Bank's Cup of Hope
The Fourth Annual Cup of Hope, a Northern Illinois Food Bank fundraiser,was held on March 3 at Embassy Suites in Naperville. More than 300 attendees enjoyed an afternoon tea and took part in a silent auction and raffle. Highlights included a presentation by Advanced Master Gardener and amateur beekeeper Jill Kilhefner who spoke on the importance of bees and other pollinators.
Suzanne Haag and Nicole Munn, both of Naperville
Read Across America
With games, crafts and readings, Aurora University students studying to be teachers recently celebrated Read Across America with students and caregivers at Holy Angels School in Aurora. The celebration honored the birthday of famed children’s author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and was part of an initiative sponsored by the National Education Association. The event concluded with celebrity reader Marilyn Weisner, retiring director of the Aurora Interfaith Food pantry and widow of late Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, reading The Lorax aloud to young children.
Yorkville resident and Aurora University teacher candidate Wesley Smith, left, assists former Aurora First Lady Marilyn Weisner as she read from a Dr. Seuss favorite. Photo by Allan Benson.Edit Module