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Rino Burdi and Burdi Clothing in Hinsdale held a fundraiser Oct. 6 and raised $12,000 for the Hinsdale Humane Society.

The community came out in force. Guests were greeted by canine ambassadors from the humane society working the red carpet. The champagne was flowing, DJ Lee Michaels spun upbeat tracks and celebrity chef Paul Virant handed out small bites from Vistro in Hinsdale. The street was fabulously decorated by Continental Autosports with a beautiful Ferrari lineup.

Burdi showed a sampling of the fall/winter collection, a visual treat in brown and tans. The crowd went wild and cheered on Burdi’s models, local sons and client volunteers. WGN’s Ben Bradley of Hinsdale lent his star power and great humor to emcee the event. As everyone took their seats the show opened with the runway presentation from Sweet William. The models strutted down the catwalk showing casual women’s vibes for fall. Young violinist Binta Kai entertained the crowd with a short RB piece.

Jacki Rossi and Deborah Kraus from the Hinsdale Humane society took the stage to thank the guests for their support and generous contribution.

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Cayleigh O’Hare, a senior at Hinsdale Central, has been invited to present her research at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s annual meeting in San Antonio Oct. 12-15. The title of her presentation is “3D-Biofabrication of a Novel Peripheral Nerve Conduit Using PLG and Graphite.”

O’Hare earned this opportunity in conjunction with the society’s high school poster competition, which provides students with the chance to broaden their awareness in the field of biomedical engineering, attend cutting-edge keynote presentations and bolster their collegiate applications. She also received a travel award from the Army Educational Outreach Program to fund her trip to the event and participation in the competition.

O’Hare also presented at the Illinois Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in March, where she took second place overall for her oral presentation and won a Department of Defense/National Science Teachers Association Scholarship. She took part in the national JSHS event and BioGENEius Illinois competition in April as well.

Her research is based on the work she did during the time she interned at Dimension Inx., which designs and develops therapeutic products that restore tissue and organ function.

PRESCHOOL helps food pantry

The Hinsdale Community Preschool celebrated the schools’ 80th birthday Sept. 25 with a back-to-school picnic and encouraged all guests to bring a food donation for AdventHealth Hinsdale’s Mobile Micro Pantry. Thanks to the generosity of many families, and so many little helpers, the micropantry will now have an abundance of foods to offer hungry neighbors.

The micropantry (located just across the street at the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 201 N. Oak.) is a freestanding box that holds nonperishable food and is open all the time. This “take what you need, leave what you can” free resource allows individuals in the community who might need a little extra help to have access to nutritious food in an anonymous, judgment-free way. Community members can donate or take items. There are no requirements or forms to fill out.

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PTO DONATes counseling funds

The Hinsdale Central PTO donated $6,000 to Insight Collaboration.

The program, started many years ago by Central parent Joni Holinger, provides the funds for Central students who need counseling but do not have the resources to receive services through The Community House. Hinsdale Central social workers (led by Jen Cave) identify students and work with The Community House to provide the needed support.

PTO President Kristin McDaniel and Central Principal Bill Walsh presented the check to Dan Janowick, executive director of The Community House, Sept. 21.