On Sunday, March 2, at the Marriott in Burr Ridge, around 400 women gathered for the Hinsdale Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Tablescapes event.
Attendees had the opportunity to shop for clothing, accessories and home décor items from specialty vendors set up throughout the hallways and meeting rooms. Numerous silent auction items were also on display, including gift baskets, getaway packages and tickets to area sporting events.
The stars of the event were the Tablescapes placed throughout the venue: beautifully decorated dinner tables portraying various literary themes, including Gone with the Wind, the Mad Tea Party, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, and Around the World in 80 Days.
Bidding on these table decorations took place prior to the luncheon. The Tablescapes event, in its 17th year, typically raises between $80,000 and $90,000, which is used to support the programs of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, though this year’s final tallies won’t be in for several weeks.
Former longtime Hinsdale resident Julie McNamara, who recently moved back to the area, has attended the event many times. “We came year after year,” she says. “It’s different attending as a 55-year-old. I have a different perspective. It’s nice to see women of all ages getting together” to support a common cause.
Auxiliary member Amy Bailey helped organize the event. “We are so grateful to all of our supporters, sponsors and guests,” she says, “for making the day so meaningful and impactful for so many women and children in need.”