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Debs, honor guard presented

Twenty-six debutantes and 24 members of the honor guard were presented at the 58th annual Hinsdale Assembly ball Dec. 23, at the Oak Brook Hills Resort.

The debutantes are Caitlin Brady, Charlotte Callahan, June Cashman, Leah Cecchini, Jayne Crouthamel, Gianna Dugan, Isabella Facchini, Katrina Geiersbach, Emma Gillman, Phoebe Goebel, Olivia Guido, Elizabeth Haarlow, Ella Kisluk, Alexandra Klein, Greer Lagor, Avery Mavon, Susannah Melkus, Lauren Oleferchik, Olivia Ostrowski, Julia Paulman, Delaney Seligmann, Katelyn Turner, Alegra Waverley, Elliot Welch, Olivia Widtfeldt and Katherine Wilson.

Honor guard members are Thomas Ambrose, Gavin Bailey, Owen Bots, Patrick Boyle, Cole Castellon, Evan Chatterjee, Nicholas Chung, Brendan Conboy, John Costello, Quintin Craig, Michael Crannell, Nicholas Crouthamel, William Gerami, Matthew Hester, Patrick Kelly, Ryan Martinath, John McClear, Andrew Merz, Nicholas Mittelstadt, Andres Munoz, James Owens, William Ritchie, Matthew Schwab and Jackson Steigbigel.

The ball is the culmination of a busy year for these 2021 high school graduates, who learned the importance of philanthropy and community service through a variety of volunteer experiences.

Since 1963, with the support of debs, honor guard and their families, along with patrons and sponsors, the Hinsdale Assembly Board has contributed more than $3 million to the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation for state-of-the-art medical equipment and for special projects. This year, the Hinsdale Assembly is donating $50,000 to Hinsdale Hospital Behavioral Health to elevate mental health services.


MPI Wealth Management in Hinsdale has hired a new executive assistant, Christina Vasquez.

Vasquez is a 2016 graduate of Southern Illinois University. Previously she worked at LAGO Asset Management and the law firm Thomson Coburn LLP.


The newly renovated paddle hut at Katherine Legge Memorial Park as opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 3.

The hut was publicly dedicated to Bill O’Brien, a longtime community paddle ambassador. Renovations at what is now The Bill O’Brien Platform Tennis Center were a joint effort between the village and the Hinsdale Platform Tennis Association. More than $350,000 worth of work was done on the facility.

Agent rises to management job

Tammy Bobbitt has been named associate managing broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago’s Hinsdale, Downers Grove and La Grange offices.

Bobbit, who joined the Downers Grove office in 2020, is a past president of the West Suburban Women’s Council of Realtors.

“As I’ve gotten to know Tammy even better, I’ve been really impressed with her market knowledge, professionalism and client care,” said Terri Doney, managing broker of the Hinsdale, Downers Grove and La Grange offices. “She shares my philosophy of helping agents attain their business goals and even exceed their own expectations. I love that my agents will have additional support and assistance at the ready.”

DESIGN firm recognized

Hinsdale-based Bellehaven Designs was recently honored by the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers with a first place for a kitchen by a small firm. The award was part of the 2021 Design Excellence Awards recently presented by ASID Illinois at the Merchandise Mart. The award was accepted by Stephanie Sarris, owner of Bellehaven Designs.

The winning kitchen is in a British arts and crafts-style home built in Hinsdale during the early 1900s. The previous kitchen was circa 2000. Sarris’s new design added modern elements that still respected the home’s original architecture.

The kitchen features a 48-inch Wolf Range, handmade subway tile backsplash, 36-inch island, an enlarged opening to the family room, Shaker cabinetry, banquette seating and skylights.

“This project is a prime example of our design philosophy: focus on our client’s aspirations for their home and then develop a design that they love now and will for many years to come,” Sarris said.

Sarris collaborated with Darin Johnson from Hinsdale-based Amish Touch Custom Cabinetry on the project.