River Forest celebrated its past and looked forward to its future last Friday night at a gala affair at Dominican University's Lewis Hall. Over 200 people, including Village President Frank Paris and other village dignitaries, enjoyed a delightful mix of fine food, and drink, a wide variety of music and dance presentations and a local art exhibit as part of the official gala fundraiser for the 125th Anniversary Committee.
"Everyone I spoke to had a great time," said 125th Committee Chair Laurel McMahon. "I wish we could do this more often."
McMahon praised the dedicated efforts of the four women on the event's planning committee, Rogue Weiland, Karen Dale, Judy Das Gupta and JoAnne Kennelly, saying, "I think they did a fabulous job."
McMahon also praised the work of Dominican University's Jennifer Goodsmith, as well as the university itself for their unstinting support of the event.
"They do know how to throw a party," she chuckled.
Proceeds from the fundraiser, which have not yet been determined, will be earmarked for the restoration of the Cummings Memorial Bandshell on the Forest Preserve District land at Lake Street and Harlem Avenue.Clockwise from top left: ; Trevor Kazarin plays cello with the OPRF String Quartet; OPRF Supt./Principal Susan Bridge talks to bandleader Scotty Jones as Dominican University President Donna Carroll looks on; District 91 Superintendent Marlene Kamm inspects the 125th quilt project done by Roosevelt students.