35 years ago the Service Club of Chicago's "Day on the Terrace" fashion show was created by Hazel Barr as just a simple get together with members. They packed a lunch and brought lemonade and as Hazel said, "just sat there." Well, Hazel being Hazel knew this wasn't nearly exciting enough so the next step involved modeling around someone's pool at a gorgeous home in the suburbs.
The event was growing by leaps and bounds and in 1999, Hazel was sitting in RL when in walked the Director of Catering for the Peninsula Hotel, Greg Hyder. The hotel was just going up and Greg wanted Hazel to don a hard hat and come take a look. She immediately zeroed in on the terrace and told Greg, I want to be the first one to have a fashion show there. One of the owners was planning an installation of his art on the terrace but agreed to hold off until Hazel had her way. On Monday, August 3rd, almost 300 guests made their yearly pilgrimage to the
Thanks to the stage direction by Tracy Tarantino, gorgeous décor by Tom Kehoe (who has been their go-to floral guy from the very beginning), co-chair support by Sherry Valukas and Felicia Winiecki and the scrumptious menu from Greg Hyder, the event was perfect from beginning to end! 18 designers and retailers showed their incredible collections to wild applause. Participants included J. Mendel,
Founded in 1890, The Service Club of Chicago is one of the oldest philanthropic organizations in the city. Every single dollar it raises goes directly to local charities. For more information, please go to www.serviceclubofchicago.org . (Extra event photos provided by Steve Starr and John McMahan.)