The Committee Chairs of the Seventh Annual Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Holiday Housewalk wish to extend our appreciation to all who helped make this event a great success. Working with gracious homeowners who opened their homes to support the needs of area children was truly an uplifting experience and we thank them for their generosity: Gail and Rick Rosseau, Lori and Ron Owens, Mary and Dan Deziel, Patti and Chris Coogan, Alison Nelson and Scott Hargadon, and Jean and Dale Stoffer. To the chairpersons, house-captains, and members of Circle 2 and 4 who spent hours coordinating all the details, we couldn’t have succeeded without you.

Many thanks to Circle 80, our young energetic Junior Circle. To the River Forest Library Staff, Alison Nelson, Dennis Northway, Schola Children’s choir, Grace Episcopal Madrigal Choir, and all the wonderful young musicians who helped to create the perfect holiday atmosphere, we are most grateful. And finally, we want to thank the 580 guests who attended the Holiday Housewalk and “Shared the Holiday Spirit.”

We would like to also give special thanks to our florists, our dine-and-share participants, and other supporters: Jane McConvillle, MAB Advertising; White Graphics: Paul Sutcliffe, Media Producer; Blom Garden; Carriage Flower Shop; Miguel Mendoza Design; Mixed Company; Sally Prescott; Tulipia Floral Design; Westgate Flowers and Plants; Miguel Mendoza Design; Misericordia Art Department; Caf Le Coq; Caf Winberie’s; Caribou Coffee; Cucina Paradiso; Fuego Loco; Hemmingway’s Bistro; Papaspiros Greek Taverna; Slaton’s Supper Club; Wednesday Journal; and Pioneer Press.

To our underwriters, many, many thanks for your support: Baird and Warner; Community Bank Oak Park-River Forest; First Bank of Oak Park; Gagliardo Realty; Gloor Realty Co.; Tony Iversen, Gagliardo Realty; Keller Williams Realty Professionals; MAB Advertising Inc.; Geri McLauchlan, Linda Berger & Sondra Savino-Clark, Merrill Becker, Knoll Realtors; F.C. Pilgrim Real Estate; Prudential Premier Realty, LLC, Tom Poulos & Mary Jane Oliver; Kyra Pych, Century 21 Classic Properties; ReMax in the Village, Realtors; and Wednesday Journal.

Darlene Pelzel, Donna Weigel
Co-chairs Holiday Housewalk 2005

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