Walter E. Smithe Hosts Launch Party for "Run Home Chicago", A Race to End Homelessness

Walter, son Tim Smithe and family recently hosted a Kick-Off party at their Lincoln Park showroom to launch the 30 day countdown for “Run Home Chicago,” a race to end homelessness,  that will take place in Soldier Field on June 10th beginning at 7 am.

Tim’s glam wife, Mary Astor Smithe, was on hand to offer her fabulous Chicago Butter Cookies (with a chocolate fountain no less!) to guests who included Chicago Bears’  Earl Bennett and Israel Idonije, Bo and Cynthia Ellis, Eda Davidman, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, daughter Kyla, Quentin Primo III, Ravi Baichwal, Ben Soldinger, Alicia Rocha, Helen and Bob Berland and Susanna Negovan among many others.  Everyone enjoyed lively music, food and drinks donated from local Chicago businesses including Tavern on Rush, Swirlz Cupcakes, Tito’s Vodka, Four Roses Bourbon and PRP Wine.

“Run Home Chicago” is hosted by the Primo Center for Women and Children, a shelter on Chicago’s Westside that provides transitional housing, counseling and support services to homeless women and their children.  The event will honor the Mayor and his wife, Amy Rule, as chairs of the race.  Participating in the event will help to raise funds for facilities such as PCWC that provide essential social services to Chicagoans hardest hit by homelessness.

(Photos by Mila Samokhina)  (For more info, please visit

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