The 34th Annual Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society/ASID Showcase House saw a record 5,500 visitors this year from our villages, Chicago and over 30 suburbs.
We were delighted to meet John Bingham, grandson of original owner Henry C. Todd, who traveled from Alabama to join us for our opening day ceremony, as well as members of the Kammer family, who called 620 N. Euclid Ave. home during the 1960s and traveled from Kirkwood, Mo. to view this historic home.
Each year the members of the American Society of Interior Designers and Infant Welfare Society Board and Circles dedicate countless hours over an 8-month period to bring this much-anticipated 3-week event to our community.
We are grateful to the ASID, those of you who toured the house, our underwriters and guidebook donors for their generosity, and we thank those businesses and individuals who provided in-kind contributions.
A very special thank you to Wednesday Journal for working with us to produce our Showcase House Guidebook, which was distributed to 20,000 area households.
This year we began a new tradition of showcasing each of the interior spaces with digital photos.
This event saw a 20-percent increase in attendance in what all of you told us was one of the best houses you had seen.
Thank you to Dr. Linh and Thomas O'Connor and their family for giving us the privilege of offering you, our supporters, a historic and architecturally significant home.
It was a spectacular stage to display the talents of ASID's 25 designers, two local landscape architects and a host of contractors and artisans.
It takes a village to make this work, and we are proud to have and keep your support.
We thank those of you who faithfully recognize these efforts each year and want you to know how important you are to us and the families at our clinic.
The Showcase House is the principal annual fundraiser for the Infant Welfare Clinic located at 320 Lake Street, Oak Park.
The proceeds of this event contribute 25 percent of the clinic's operating costs each year.
The children who use our clinic thank you, our community, for helping keep them healthy.
Carol Wootton and Mary Lou Noll
2005 Showcase House Chairs