Highlights from the Infant Welfare Holiday Housewalk

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

The 16th Annual Holiday Housewalk & Market, sponsored by the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society (benefitting the IWS Children's Clinic) put plenty of people in the holiday mood, the first weekend of December.

Over 1,200 people attended the housewalk and the market, with 180 IWS members and friends staffing 300 volunteer shifts. The event raised more than $80,000 to support access to health care services by more than 3,200 low-income children.

"There are so many wonderful people to thank," said Debbie Wholey, event co-chair. We are so grateful for the community's support and we thank everyone for their generous contribution of time, talent and treasure to our IWS Children's Clinic, as we work to provide access to health care for vulnerable children."

"With our move to the Nineteenth Century Club, added event co-chair Liz Robinson, "we were able to build the success of our Holiday Market. Our artisan vendors were amazing, and we love to hear the shoppers delight when they go through the wide array of unique, one-of-a-kind items. The vendor market contribution of 15 percent of sales is a big part of our fundraising success."

Part of the payoff for the IWS volunteers, according to Katie O'Brien, director of Marketing and Communications, are "the numerous 'ah-ha' moments as people enjoyed the holiday décor and shimmering lights, the many carols played throughout the market and homes, and the joy shared with family and friends."

We wanted to share some of that holiday ambiance with those who couldn't take part in the housewalk. There might even be a few decoration ideas here for next year.

Meanwhile, here are the results from the the 16th Annual Holiday Housewalk & Market:

  • Over 1,200 people attended 
  • Over $80,000 funds were raised in support of the IWS Children's Clinic
  • Over 150 businesses and families contributed
  • Over 300 volunteer shifts were staffed by more than 180 members and friends in the community
  • Over 40 artisan vendors were on display at the market
  • All to support access to health care services to more than 3,200 low-income children.

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Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

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