Holiday Cheer and Charity for the Service Club of Chicago

Every year, the Service Club of Chicago, hosts a delightful Holiday Luncheon at the University Club.  This year’s theme, “12 Days of Christmas”, brought out almost 200 attendees to this glorious venue at 76 E. Monroe.  The room was beautifully appointed with a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree that glowed beneath the dramatic stained glass window.   An elf and an angel welcomed guests to the organization’s largest holiday luncheon yet with a champagne reception.

Numerous vendors participated making holiday shopping easy, fun and all for a good cause.  There was vintage jewelry and clothing from Lulu’s of the Belle Kay, fabulous furs from Hinsdale Furriers, a variety of gifts from Mary Mary and toys for our four-legged friends from Tails in the City.  Other vendors included Aleksandra; Beijing Boutique; Elsa Johnson; Lisa Cotton Collection; Reginald, Inc.; Toria Rose and Joelle Nadine.  All of the shops donated 15% of their sales to the Service Club that day.

Members were requested to bring gifts to benefit Mount St. Joseph, home to 121 special ladies with developmental and physical disabilities.  The luncheon feast, chaired by SC member Sheree Valukas, included roasted butternut squash and cider soup and Amish chicken with lemon caper sauce.  For dessert, a delicious chocolate crumble cake with chocolate sauce and raspberries was served.  The festive tables were decorated with pointsettias and holiday greenery and sounds of The Chicago Gay Men’s Choir filled the room with guests joining in singing the “12 Days of Christmas.”  (Great photos by Caitlin Collins Saville)

The Service Club is one of the cities oldest charitable organizations.  Founded in 1890, they have continually served the welfare, civic, educational and cultural needs of Chicago and surrounding communities.  Its policy of giving is to assist, improve and initiate new programs via its grant program.  100% of all funds raised goes directly to charity.   For more information, please visit

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