Striking spring fashions on display at Service Club of Chicago fundraiser

It was a glorious day in Chicago, the sun shone brightly and nearly 360 guests celebrated the perfect weather wearing a striking variety of millinery attire for The Service Club of Chicago's annual Spring Luncheon. Also known as the "Hat Luncheon," the event was held at The Saddle & Cycle Club on May 18 and co-chaired by longtime members Lynda Silverman and Sherrill Bodine.

During a reception, guests enjoyed the beautiful terrace and grounds while illustrator Rosemary Fanti captured partygoers in their finest looks and a hat competition took place. Fashionable winners were: Mary Lasky, Linda Heister, Sheree Schimmer Valukas, and in the men’s category, Shaun Rajah from The Drake Hotel.

President Simona Garcia welcomed guests and spoke proudly of the Service Club members' work ethos. "Our members do things that aren't so glamorous but are so needed by so many. We buy computers, hospital beds, textbooks and adaptive equipment for the disabled and so on. We visit every little corner in the greater Chicagoland area and, where there's a need, the Service Club is there to help."

During the program, a special presentation was made to Service Club of Chicago member Mamie Walton, who was inducted into The Service Club of Chicago Chapeaux Hall of Fame. Mamie wowed the audience with a song of thanks, accompanied on the piano by maestro Stanley Paul, and Katarina Visnevska on the electric violin.

More than $140,000 was raised to support Philanthropic Grants for 2018. The mission of the Service Club of Chicago is to assist, improve and expand upon agency programs in the Chicagoland area. Its grant recipients operate in the area of social service, cultural, educational and civic fields and they serve children, elderly, the abused and neglected individuals in our community. (Photos by John Reilly Photography).

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