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More than 200 ladies from throughout the Western Suburbs joined in support of the new Adventist Cancer Institute and Outpatient Center at the third annual “Rev It Up” fashion show at Continental AutoSports in Hinsdale on April 30.

Ladies browsed items on display at booths set up by local vendors such as J. McLaughlin as they enjoyed appetizers and cocktails. They were then treated to a fashion show, which featured a number of models who showed off some of the latest spring fashions and trends from Neiman Marcus at Oakbrook Center and Hollis in downtown Hinsdale, among other stores and designers.

Rev It Up is the brainchild of Hinsdale resident Lisa Hutcherson, vice chair of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation board and a former model  herself. The event was previously held in October in conjunction with breast cancer awareness month, but Hutcherson said she decided to move it to April this year and incorporate spring fashions.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the Adventist Cancer Institute currently under construction across the street from the Continental dealership on Ogden Ave.

Hutcherson said she and her fellow foundation board members were appreciative of those who turned out for the fashion show.

“We were overwhelmed, grateful, surprised, but just so thankful,” she said. “I think it’s a real testament to the need and the awareness that we need this cancer center, and I think people came out to support it knowing how important it is to Hinsdale and all of our neighbors.” 

The cancer institute is slated to be a full-service center for individuals suffering from cancer. At this facility, patients will be able to have all of their needs addressed in one location, as opposed to having various tasks like doctor appointments, lab work and radiation and chemotherapy treatments spread across different facilities.

“It is world-class healthcare right in our own backyard,” Hutcherson said. “People need to realize how lucky we are in Hinsdale to have this cancer center and our amazingly talented doctors and our new affiliation with some other cancer institutes. The technology alone that is going into this building—there’s nothing better. ... It’s going to save lives.”

Hutcherson said hard-hat tours of the institute are scheduled to begin this month. It is scheduled to open in January 2016. 

Hundreds of area residents selected from an assortment of affordable resale items at the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s (HJWC) second annual “Repeat Boutique” at Zion Lutheran Church in Hinsdale on April 24 and 25. Club members spent months gathering thousands of clothing items, toys, housewares and more, before sorting them in the week leading up to the resale event.''

“A lot of hours, a lot of time and a lot of happiness has gone into this,” event co-chair Jaclyn Cantore said. Shoppers selected from baby clothes, children’s clothes, men’s and women’s apparel, books, toys, housewares and even carseats, all of which were priced between $1 and $5.

Repeat Boutique co-chairs said receiving items from friends of their fellow HJWC members helped to grow the event in year two. The HJWC is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 200 members from Hinsdale and surrounding communities.

Every two years, the club selects an area charity as its beneficiary to support and work with closely. The HJWC is currently in the first year of a partnership with Bridge Communities, a Glen Ellyn-based non-profit organization that provides support to homeless families throughout DuPage County.

Proceeds from the Repeat Boutique will go towards the HJWC scholarship, awarded annually to a graduating senior at a local high school, as well as towards local charities the club does not work with as its beneficiary.

Co-chair Megan Mannor said the club is considering HCS Family Services and Easter Seals as two possible beneficiaries.

The HJWC will also donate a portion of its proceeds to Zion Lutheran Church, which provided the space for the boutique. Cantore said the committee’s goal was to raise $10,000 through the event.

She said she thinks Repeat Boutique has “caught on” in the community, and will be an annual event that area residents look forward to in the years ahead.

For more information about the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, visit www.hjwc.us. ;

Derby Day For Children's Home + Aid

Photography by Marco Nunez

everal hundred area residents spent their Saturday nights in support of Children’s Home + Aid at the 60th annual Derby Day party at Butterfield

Country Club in Oak Brook on May 2. Hosted by the Hinsdale auxiliary of Children’s Home + Aid for the past six decades, the event is always held on the first Saturday in May in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby.

WLS Ch. 7 weekend morning anchor Ben Bradley, a Hinsdale resident, served as guest host for the 60th annual event.

Guests bid on a variety of silent and live auction items, ranging from accessories and necklaces to a signed Denis Savard hockey stick. The live auction consisted of several travel packages, including an Inspirato® choose-your-destination vacation, and a private jet to see the Breeders’ Cup in Louisville, Ky., this October.

Proceeds from the evening will support Children’s Home + Aid, a non- profit organization that has been serving disadvantaged children and families in Illinois since 1883. Each year, the organization works to improve the lives of nearly 40,000 children and families in Illinois through foster care, adoption, clinical services and other programs.

“At the heart of Children’s Home + Aid is the notion that every child deserves a chance,” Derby Day chair Meg Berger said. ... “We believe that all children should grow up in an environment of love and stability, and should be helped to reach their full potential.”

To learn more about Children’s Home + Aid and the Hinsdale auxiliary, visit www.childrenshomeandaid.org. ;


Photography by Mike Ellis 

More than 2,100 runners and walkers from throughout the Western Suburbs clamored together on a Sunday morning to participate in the 15th annual Walk for Wellness House on May 3.

Altogether, participants and sponsors collaborated to raise more than $560,000 for the Hinsdale-based non-profit.

“This is about a community that somehow comes together spontaneously to support Wellness House each year,” said Bob Baum, executive vice president, general counsel and vice chairman of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, which served as the presenting sponsor for the walk and

as a team, set an event fundraising record by raising more than $130,000.

The event consisted of a 5K run and 3K walk, the latter of which featured the vast majority of participants of all ages. Sponsor tents aligned the Wellness House campus at 131 N. County Line Road. Face-painting and crafts were available for children, while a “remembrance wall” was set up on the east end of the parking lot on which guests were encouraged to sign and address messages to their loved ones that have experienced cancer.

“Thank you for helping in the mission of the Wellness House, which is helping so many cope with cancer,” said John Paro, who serves as the chairman of the Wellness House Board of Directors.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of Wellness 4 House, a non-profit organization that provides non-
medical programs and services to cancer patients and
their families free of charge.

Executive director Jeannie Cella said that without the support of the community, the organization could not serve those affected by cancer as effectively.

“This is a family; this is a community,” Cella said. “We couldn’t do what we do for those 2,600 people a year without all of you that make up the family of Wellness House.”

Cella said in conjunction with the 25th anniversary, the organization is looking to take programs “beyond the walls of Wellness House,” partnering with underserved communities that do not have access to the types of programs and services that Wellness House offers.

To learn more about Wellness House, visit 


Photography by Marco Nunez 

King-Bruwaert House hosted its annual Legacy & Leaders Dinner in its historic Great Lounge on May 13.

The dinner recognized the 30-year career of retiring executive director Carl Baker, and generous donors who have named K-B House n their wills and contribute annually.

Board member Jim Parsons described the event as a Hinsdale reunion.

“During this dinner, I have the opportunity to visit with dear friends and neighbors that I haven’t seen in years,” Parsons said. “I’m happy to know that K-B House cares for the senior adults in our community.”

The mission of K-B House is to provide unsurpassed care and services for residents living in the main house, the Woods of King-Bruwaert and Godair Park.

To see and learn more about our communities, please visit www.king-bruwaert.com. ;

Walk the Walk for Autism at The Community House

By: Mike Ellis

More than 1,200 walkers from throughout the Western Suburbs gathered together to participate in the eighth annual Walk the Walk for Autism at The Community House (TCH) on April 26.

Participants walked roughly three miles, taking a scenic tour of the south-side of Hinsdale on a brisk, sunny morning, while supporting a good cause in the process.

“Thank you for being here as a community to support kids and families with autism, and Charlie’s Gift Autism Center,” TCH executive director Jenifer Fabian said at the podium. “Your support today helps us reach out to families, parents and siblings of children on the autism spectrum—with family support, with horseback therapy, with support groups for siblings and parents, and for scholarship programs.

“So, thank you so much for making a difference for local kids who really need it.”

On the stage, Fabian recognized the top two individual fundraisers for this year’s walk: Noah Tomanovich and Kyle Tausk.

This was Tomanovich’s third consecutive year as the top individual fundraiser, while runner-up finisher Tausk said he was just happy to support his brother, who has autism. “I was doing this all for my brother, Braden,” Tausk said. “I love him so much. He has autism, and this all was for him.”

For the second straight year, WLS Ch. 7 morning anchor Judy Hsu, a Hinsdale resident, served as emcee for the walk. “It is awesome to see all of you out here on a Sunday morning,” Hsu said on stage.

After the walk, kids enjoyed crafts underneath the tent in The Community House parking lot, as well as pizza courtesy of Fox’s Pub in Hinsdale. Walk co-chair Alex Tomanovich, whose son Noah has autism, said the total fundraising goal for this year’s event was $107,000.

“We really appreciate all of your support and all of your kindness and all of your understanding for what we go through with our children with autism,” Tomanovich said, “and how amazing that they actually are.”

For more information about The Community House or the Charlie’s Gift Autism Center, visit www.thecommunityhouse.org. 

Serving it up for Charlie’s Gift
Slugger Jim Thome goes to bat for The Community House
Photography by Marco Nunez

Baseball legend Jim Thome welcomed many fans while acting as a guest bartender in support of Charlie’s Gift Autism Center, a program at The Community House (TCH), at Cine on April 14. Guests both young and old enjoyed seeing Thome, along with his wife, Andrea. Additional hosts for the evening included Christa Roehl, Jacqui Wooldridge and Alex Tomanovich. Those in attendance enjoyed the lively atmosphere that Cine offers, as well as exciting raffle prizes that were awarded throughout the night.
    Over $2,000 was raised in support of Charlie’s Gift, with the assistance of Cine, which graciously donated 40 percent of the night’s profits. 


    Charlie’s Gift Autism Center provides support for children and families facing autism, sensory processing concerns and related disorders. Charlie’s Gift raises awareness of the impact that autism has on families, and continues to be a community-wide resource in the Chicago area.
For more information, call 630-323-7500, or you may register online at www.thecommunityhouse.org.

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