Our membership chair is a friend to all and someone we admire wholeheartedly. Danielle is an incredible fundraiser who also makes a wickedly good French onion dip.
Where did you grow up?
How long have you lived in Hinsdale?
Since 2004 (14 years)
Describe yourself using only 3 words.
Loyal, Hard-working, Imperfect.
What’s your favorite place to take a guest when visiting Chicago?
Maggie Daley Park when kids are along for the ride. The Architectural Boat Tour is always a hit and the Hancock for drink– especially on a clear day or evening.
Where’s your favorite place you’ve traveled?
Italy -- with stops in Rome, Florence, Positano.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, hands down. What’s not to love about family and food?!
What’s a fun fact about yourself that would surprise people?
I went to the same high school as Bruce Springsteen
Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire a lot of people. I admire confidence, strength and the ability to make others feel welcome and comfortable.
I would say my top three are my Grandmother, my Mother and my Sister.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Pulling stars for the 12 days of Christmas
If you hosted a talk show, who would be your first guest?
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – I like to laugh!
What’s your proudest achievement?
My proudest personal achievement is my daughter, Haley.
What are you looking forward to this year in the auxiliary?
I always look forward to the Tablescapes unveiling on the morning of the event!
Sweet William, Vintage Charm, Harry & Eddie’s
With fresh snow on the ground – in November! Hinsdale Auxiliary members were feeling the holiday spirit as they shopped two favorite boutiques, Sweet William and Vintage Charm, with a percentage of sales benefitting IWS.
Though most members join because of a great desire to do good for others, especially children, these times when we’re able to just be together for a few hours are such a delightful benefit. Our social chair, Linda Davis, is always working on new events to get us out of our meeting mode and focus on strengthening our friendships.
Of course we usually find a way to raise at least some money for the center along the way.
The IWS Hinsdale Juniors are off to a great start this year! We collected a ton of new hats, mittens & scarves, along with diapers for the Coat Drive. It was a carload of stuff that the families at the Center really need as we get into this cold Chicago winter.
See Santa at The Center is a beloved tradition. This year was a huge success with eight Hinsdale Juniors among the volunteers helping over 120 families with more than 300 children lining up to visit with the jolly elf and receive their gifts.
Santa’s helpers aren’t quite done spreading the holiday spirit. They will be ringing the bell at Kramer’s on Saturday, December 8. The money in the bucket will help buy much-needed items for patients and their families at The Center.
Do you have a Junior in 8th– 12thgrade who would like to be a part of fun service projects and Tablescapes? Send her or him to an upcoming meeting.
All meetings take place at the Hinsdale Public Library on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
March 10 – Tablescapes
No need to sign up, just come on by.
Always a favorite day of members, we delight in gathering together for a lovely lunch before the holiday season kicks into full throttle. Even more than having a chance to catch up with friends, our members are committed to bringing lots of things babies need: diapers, wipes, onesies, bouncy chairs, toys and such. Of course with the Angel Harvey Family Health Center providing care for patients of all ages, toys and clothes for older children are also among our favorites to donate.
This year Cheryl Beadle, community relations manager for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, talked to us about how our baby shower gifts are vitally important and empowering for the dedicated staff members who are able to make sure families have what they need, when they need it. “We take pride in what you’ve done. We honor your donations. Because of you, we have what we need for mothers and children,” Cheryl said, adding, “The patients are full of pride and deserving of the care we provide.”
Christine Trainer inspires all of us with her ready smile, tireless energy and wealth of health knowledge. A past president of the auxiliary, Christine is currently serving as the Special Projects Chair. She handles special projects like the Coat Drive, Baby Shower and Mother’s Day Gift Bags.
Where did you grow up? Boston
How long have you lived in Hinsdale? 9 years
Describe yourself using only 3 words. Happy Healthy Human
What’s your favorite place to take a guest when visiting Chicago? So hard to pick one! Wrigley Field, as it reminds me of Fenway and I love the history and fun area surrounding. But then Millennium Park, Cloud Gate (The Bean), the John Hancock, the Shedd Aquarium, fireworks on lake boat side. You see way too many to choose. I like to be a tourist in our city.
Where’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to? Spain. The views and landscape, the culture beautiful people, incredible food and wine and their way of life just struck me.
What’s your favorite holiday and why? Christmas Eve. Because my entire family of siblings, spouses, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews all gather in Boston. It’s very festive as we eat, catch up and have a Yankee Swap. It gets pretty comical and even the grandchildren sit back and laugh. Then we all go to midnight mass. Or at least those who are still awake!
What’s a fun fact about yourself that would surprise people? I’m the youngest of 10, Born on Valentine’s Day and have a heart shaped freckle on my hip. Kind of funny/strange...
Who is someone you admire and why? Again hard to pick one! I admire many current day people, but I guess an original for me would be Mother Teresa. She was a strong female figure to me growing up. She did amazing things and made such an impact on the world with barely anything. Two of her quotes that I have always loved are “Peace begins with a smile.” and “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
What’s your favorite family tradition? Our family cooks dinner for and volunteers the day of Thanksgiving at Hephzibah Home for children in Oak Park.
If you hosted a talk show, who would be your first guest? Jimmy Fallon because I love him and that popped into my mind first. No, but seriously he probably he would be interesting and hilarious or Oprah or Gwyneth Paltrow... hmmm
What’s your proudest achievement? I am most proud of being a mom to two great kids. Everything else doesn’t really compare but I loved running two marathons and lots of half marathons, wrote a book and I’m in the process of another, started my own business that I still want to do more with and grow but focusing on above two great kids first and foremost.
Do you remember the theme of the first Tablescapes you attended? Yes, it was Destination Tablescapes.
What are you looking forward to this year in the auxiliary? Giving back even more and in different ways other than just monetarily to IWS as well as getting to know fellow members more! Such a great group and amazing cause!