Events to shine light on Angel Harvey Health Center
Last updated 2/12/2020 at 3:53pm | View PDF
The Angel Harvey Family Health Center provides traditional health services to more than 13,000 patients annually in the Chicago area. But the access to vital resources and programming for those living with autism and other behavioral disorders is what makes one member of the Hinsdale Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society Chicago continue to give back.
Kimberly O'Gorman's autistic nephew thrives, with access to behavioral, occupational and speech therapy. His success prompted her to reflect on the many families who might not be afforded these types of services without the Angel Harvey Family Health Center.
"The center's services really tug at my heart strings because of my nephew, especially the sensory room, which allows for children living with autism and other behavioral issues the opportunity to receive these resources," O'Gorman said. "Children can jump around, touch different things and learn. Every dime that Infant Welfare raises makes a difference for that center."
The Hinsdale Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society Chicago will host its annual Tablescapes luncheon fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Westin Lombard. This year's theme, "Illuminate," will showcase themed tables that reflect the world's famous light sources including the Northern Lights, Hollywood Lights, Paris' City of Lights, Friday Night Lights and others.
According to Tracy Fussaro, who is co-chairing the event with O'Gorman, almost 500 women are expected to attend the fundraiser, which is regarded by many auxiliary members and their friends as the unofficial kick-off to spring.
"Tablescapes is a beautiful luncheon. Even if it's 30 degrees and snowing, the ladies show up in their bright dresses and spring colors," said Fussaro. "The tablescapes are all centered around the Illuminate theme and will be raffled. We will also have around 20 shopping vendors with jewelry, make up as well as food and drink vendors."
Members are hoping to raise more than $100,000 from this event.
Last year they met their goal and coupled with a match of $30,000 from the Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club, the auxiliary was able to purchase a state-of-the-art dental X-ray machine for the center. Funds raised at this year's event will fund a new Teen Anxiety Center within the Angel Harvey Family Health Center.
"There's a tremendous amount of anxiety for these teens," added O'Gorman. "They are worried about basic needs that we take for granted, like heating and utilities."
To purchase tickets to the event, which are $125 per person, please visit https://hinsdaleiws.com/#/viii/.
The Community House Players will present the 2020 Community Revue, the original musical "Hin$dopoly," on Feb 28-29 and March 6-7.
A light-hearted, comical roast of Hinsdale and its residents, the show promises to entertain those 21 years of age and older while raising money for nonprofit The Community House.
Cocktail hour begins at 6:45 p.m. and the show begins at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets start at $125. The first 160 guests to purchase $150 VIP tickets will receive a special gift and a chance to participate in the show.
To buy tickets, please visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4503546 or call (800) 838-3006.
- Alexis Braden of Hinsdale is the paper's society columnist. Readers can email her at [email protected]