Service Club of Chicago celebrates 123rd year with fashion show and luncheon (VIDEO and PICS!)

The Service Club of Chicago hosted its annual "Day on the Terrace" Fashion Show and luncheon recently at the Peninsula Chicago with a record breaking crowd of over 300.  This charitable organization, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest in Chicago now celebrating it's 123rd year.   The 45 minute show featured more than 80 fall looks from retailers that included Neiman Marcus (Michigan Avenue), Vera Wang, Maximilian of Bloomingdales, Tom James, Black Tie Formalwear, Burdi, Escada, Intermix, Ralph Lauren and Starr Couture.  Local designers included Elda de la Rosa and Shalini.  Vintage looks from Lulu's on the Avenue added a touch of fashion history to the show.

Members, local celebs and media personalities served as models and included Chefs Giuseppe Tentori and Travis Strickland, Anna Davlantes, Jane Monzures, Rob Johnson, Mary Ann Childers, Bill Zwecker, Fabrice Calmels, Alexi Giannoulias, Ryan Baker, Dan Uslan, J.P. Anderson, John Carroll, D.C. Crenshaw, Greg Hyder, Rich Gamble, Sherren Leigh, Kim Vatis, Rich Varnes, Stanley Paul and Fabrice Calmels among many others.

Co-chairs Sharyl Mackey, Jean Antoniou and Sheila O'Grady planned an exciting event this year breaking records in both attendance and funds raised.  Chair emeritus, Hazel Barr, commentated the fashion show along with Tracey Dibuono, show producer.  Standouts included Sheila O'Grady and Toni Canada, both wearing darling caps and chic designs by Ralph Lauren.  Monika Dixon, Sheree Valukas and first time Service Club model, Elizabeth Queen glowed in glamorous ball gowns by Vera Wang.

Evans Scholars escorted models during the Neiman Marcus segment and I was thrilled to wear a beautiful Carolina Herrera cocktail dress.  (The long version was worn by Lucy Liu at the Golden Globes).

100% of funds raised go directly to the organization's grant program which supports various non-profits in the Chicagoland area.

(See great photos by Mila Samokhina, Caitlin Saville Collins and John Reilly Photography below plus my Watch312.com video!)

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