Restaurants: Izola White Community Day Event

Restaurants: Izola White Community Day Event


I have written before http://www.chicagonow.com/concerned-citizens-of-chatham/2012/05/the-end-of-an-era-no-izolas-in-chatham/ about the plight of Izola White owner of the legendary Izola's Fine Dining Restaurant at 522 E. 79th Street in the Chatham community. Although there have been several fundraisers to help her save the restaurant, they came up short and she was forced to sell the restaurant. Because they were not able to save the restaurant, Mrs. White is in a difficult financial situation. The income that she receives will not allow her to continue to stay in her home and will force her to go into a skilled nursing facility.

Recently, Mr. Spencer Leak Sr., owner of Leak's Funeral home was interviewed by the Chicago Crusader about this situation

“I just read about Izola White in the Chicago Crusader and did not know it had gotten to the point that she would have to move out her home and into a nursing home. We (Izola and I) go back over 50 years and I cannot just sit back and do nothing,” Spencer Leak Sr. told the Crusader after reading a July 19 story about White’s pending move to a nursing home due to finances.


On September 22 and 23th, 2012, there will be two fundraisers held at the restaurant. From 3-7pm each day individuals can come by and wish Mrs. White happy birthday. The Saturday, September 22nd event will include a jazz band,guest speakers, and picture auction(pictures from the restaurant). A donation is requested. On Sunday, September 23rd,2012 it will be senior day in the parking lot with food and drinks.

If anyone wants to make a donation but is not able to attend the fundraisers they can contact Mr. Dewayne Mason directly at 773-936-1455 or friendsforizola@comcast.net. Donations can also be mailed to Izola White, P.O. Box 198717, Chicago, IL 60619. And all checks should be made payable to “The Estate of Izola White.”

Mr. Mason also stated in the Crusader piece:

“I understand that not everyone can donate financially but can support us with in-kind services like volunteering, food donations or other services,” Mason explained. “And even if a person cannot make the minimum $250 donation, they can still come and give what they can because she needs it.”

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