Service Club plays Santa for local charities at festive holiday party

The Service Club of Chicago held its annual Holiday Luncheon, themed “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at The University Club of Chicago on December 4.  As is always the tradition, guests brought unwrapped gifts for children and families served by its charity partners.  This year's recipient, social agency Hephzibah, supports at-risk youth throughout our communities.

The University Club's cathedral room was the perfect spot to kick off the holidays with its towering, abundantly decorated tree standing before magnificent stained glass windows.  Carolers from Chicago Hope Academy (one of several Service Club grant recipients) entertained more than 175 guests as they mixed, mingled and shopped in the Great Hall.

Vendors from Alioto’s Gift Shop, Elements, Hinsdale Furriers, Howard Feldstein Mongolian Furs, Jo Malone, Just Class Jewelry, Lulu’s on the Avenue, Mary Mary, Oui Madame, Play, Reginald, Inc., Sparkelle, Suzanne Gillcrest Pearls and TSG Designs offered enticing gift items that ranged from festive ornaments to fur pieces to exquisite jewelry.

Event co-chairs Diane Freeman and Bonnie Rickard greeted attendees along with a delightful toy soldier (acted to perfection by Gregg Steigmeyer). Tables took turns singing verses from the "Twelve Days of Christmas" as they enjoyed champagne and holiday cheer with their friends.

“Our Members and supporters work so hard throughout the year to raise funds for charities like Hephzibah and Chicago Hope Academy who do the work of angels in our communities.  The Holiday Luncheon is a great way to celebrate our accomplishments, as well as seeing good friends and wishing them the best of the Season,” said Myra Reilly, Service Club President.

The Service Club of Chicago has supported hundreds of different charitable, educational and civic organizations of all sizes and missions since its founding in 1890.

(Photos by John Reilly Photography)

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