Fenwick grad's film on Croatian boy airs on WTTW Thursday

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The documentary Let Them Exist Nowhere by Liz Gawne, a graduate of St. Giles School and Fenwick High School, will air tomorrow, March 31, on WTTW's Image Union at 10:30 p.m. The film tells the story of a young Croatian boy living in Bosnia who was blinded by a landmine. Liz learned about him in one of her classes at DePaul University. With the help of her dad, Dr. Bernard B. Gawne, Jr., Liz's instructor and class were instrumental in bringing the boy to the United States for medical treatment. Later, while doing work on a master's degree after graduation, Liz traveled to Bosnia and Croatia and filmed the documentary. The niece of Oak Parker Christine Vernon, Liz is currently doing an internship at WTTW.

Monday was Baird & Warner Day

By official proclamation, the Village of Oak Park declared March 28 as Baird & Warner Day, in honor of the real estate company's 150th anniversary. The company has long-standing ties to Oak Park, and through its charitable initiative, has given back to the community by donating funds, clothing and volunteer hours to local shelters and organizations.

Neonatal nurse to
become marital neophyte

Fred and Diana Blumhagen of Oak Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra to Noel Sutcliff, the son of Donald and Christine Sutcliff of Oswego. The bride-to-be, a 1992 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, earned a degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She's a neonatal intensive care nurse at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The groom is a 1994 graduate of Yorkville High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Columbia College and a master's degree in communication from Cal State Fullerton. He's employed at Paradigm, Inc. in Des Plaines.

The couple will be married at the Schaumburg Marriott on June 4.

Lady pirates' auction

Oak Park artist Margaret McMahon designed and created the centerpiece of St. Giles School's eighth grade theatrical production of The Lady Pirates of Bree. The stage set included a pirate ship with McMahon's figurehead of a lady. McMahon has donated her multimedia construction, "The Lady," to St. Giles, and it's being auctioned off in a silent e-mail auction. It can be viewed at the Parish Center, 1025 Columbian Ave., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 15. Bidding starts at $150 and can be submitted to gileslady@yahoo.com. Bids will be taken until April 15. Funds raised will be used to upgrade the sound system on the St. Giles gym stage for future theatrical productions. For more information, call 383-6279, ex. 505.

Local merit finalists

Oak Parker Ifunanyachukwu Aniemeka and Anne Smedinghoff and Brian Quinn of River Forest are National Merit finalists at Fenwick High School. All 12 Fenwick students who received recognition earlier in the school year as semi-finalists advanced to finalist standing.

 

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