Bloom! Tablescapes 2019




By Michelle Crowe



Hinsdale Auxiliary of Infant Welfare Society of Chicago


Back row: Kourtney Johns, Kristi Triplett, Hinsdale Auxiliary member Shaw Kassab, Kim Walsh, Helen Becka, Jackie MacPherson
Front row: Sherri Cook, Katy Altemose, Shelley Carter, Christy Klobach 


More than 400 women shook off the winter blues and donned festive florals and bright, beautiful colors for lunch, boutique shopping and a lovely afternoon with friends, all in support of The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and the Angel Harvey Family Health Center.


Hinsdale Auxiliary members Amy Grohe, Laura Pruesser


Auxiliary board members Christine Trainer and Linda Davis


Chaired by two incredible women, Lisa Haines and Kimberly O’Gorman, with lots of help from Hinsdale Auxiliary president Catherine Ann Welch and the 39 dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy in support of IWS.


 Lisa Haines and Kimberly O’Gorman


Catherine  Ann Welch


Each member works on one of the tables – although it never feels like work for these creative forces of nature. With the Bloom! theme this year, all of the tables were designed around different gardens; English Garden, French Garden, Beer Garden, Herb Garden, Tropical Garden and Zen Garden.


The French Garden Table


The Herb Garden Table


Guests purchase raffle tickets and try to win the tables they most love – those whose names are drawn take it all home, kit, caboodle and fine china. Sustainer Cynthia Scholl was the big winner of the day, a wonderful surprise applauded by all who know her deep dedication to Infant Welfare Society.


Celebrity MC Ben Bradley 


WGN’s Ben Bradley took to the stage fresh off climbing Presidential Towers at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb earlier that morning. He graciously introduced Amanda Orellano, who spoke softly but with great impact as she detailed the positive impact the high- quality healthcare the center provides had on her family.


Auxiliary member Linda Davis with Jane Hartschuch and Jennifer Katsoulis


 Jackie Arnold, Laura Alter and Joan Zajeski


Bloom! Co-Chair Lisa Haines


More than $95,000 was raised. The Hinsdale Auxiliary is proud to contribute to the work of Infant Welfare Society, which has improved the lives of children and families in need for more than a century.


Photos by Marcello Rodarte