Service Club of Chicago Spring Luncheon "blooms" at the Ritz

The Service Club of Chicago hosted its annual Spring Luncheon with many ladies donning colorful and whimsical chapeaux for an afternoon at the Ritz on May 18. Nearly 300 guests turned out for this annual fundraiser for one of the oldest charitable organizations in Chicago, founded in 1890. Co-chaired by members Kristina McGrath and Susan Colletti, the fun-filled day included a reception, raffle and entertainment by Mr. Chicago himself, Stanley Paul.

The ballroom was ablaze with color and floral inspired hats were everywhere you looked in keeping with the "garden fabulous" attire request. Longtime member Tina Weller took the celebratory aspect even further with her "champagne" inspired hat created by renowned milliner Loreta Corsetti.  Sherry Lea Holson was barely visible underneath her ginormous hat, a "living" topper created out of real flowers and foliage.  It was so big, you couldn't even see her little face!  Fascinators (smaller creations attached to headbands) seemed to be most popular.  For the first time, hats were not required, but many guests chose to carry on the tradition.

SC president Myra Reilly thanked the crowd and reminded everyone of all the good work the organization does raising funds for worthy non-profits throughout Chicagoland.  The SC's policy of giving is to "assist, improve and enlarge upon agency programs" in areas of children, family services, education and the arts.  The non-profit helps recipients "expand facilities, improve equipment and initiate new programs which will better serve a large number of people in need." Every single dollar raised goes directly to charity and all events are completely operated by members so there's no overhead.

On this day, I was fortunate to be a guest of one of the co-chairs, Kristina McGrath.  Her table was literally "in bloom" due to the individual floral arrangements she had personalized for each of her guests.  During her thank you speech, she acknowledged her beautiful twin sister Korinna Isselhardt, who was also at the table, and it was so touching.

Congrats to all these hardworking, dedicated women of the Service Club.  You make our city a happier place for so many who are less fortunate. 

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