It was a great party ... in spite of the fireworks


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The Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society threw quite a party Friday, Sept. 9, to celebrate the opening of its annual ASID Showcase House. Some say it was the best ever. It was certainly memorable. We thank all who attended.

But this is the opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful women of Circle 2 and Circle 41, who worked tirelessly all spring and summer to make this event happen.

They are: Sue Giorango and Susanne Poilevey, food & beverage; Lyn Lealiou and Charlene Locosto, rentals and music; Pam Condon, Jan Anderson and Linda Robinson, decorations; Jane McCole and Janet Rouse, underwriting; Gina Donlin, PR; Janet Schiffman, invitations and reservations; Dale Clarke and Alexis Rasley, check-in; Mary Deziel and Kathy Haney, complimentary tickets; Maryla Sheridan Blum and Julie McKune, permits and security; Diane O'Donnell, Sally Prescott, and the wonderful young women of Circle 80, raffle; Darla Patterson, Kim Robinson and Linda Lucchese, clean up; Nancy Ide and Darlene Pelzel (Circle 80), volunteers.

We must also mention the two off-duty Oak Park police officers, Eric Locke and Shana Kutok, who acted quickly to diffuse a potentially dangerous electrical situation, and whose kindness and professionalism added greatly to the spirit of the party. Thank you, also, to Fireman McInerny and his colleagues for their speedy response and for helping us continue our celebration.

A very special thank you, though, must be saved for our caterer, Mark Sparacino, his sister, Stephanie, and the staff of Traveling Fare. Mark mobilized his troops the instant we knew the party was not going to proceed as planned. His enthusiasm infused the evening. He arranged for electrical support from the Saxman/Labadie family next door (thank you!). He made sure everyone had what they desired in the way of food and drink. In short, he was the party. Thank you, Mark.

We will see everyone next year. We can't promise fireworks, though!

Becky Brofman, Circle 2
Patti Schmalzl, Circle 41
Co-chairs, 2005 Infant Welfare Society/ASID Showcase House

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