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Work To Do December 20, 2009

Posted by infinine®™ in Uncategorized.

Ibiza, Amalfi, St. Tropez, The Hamptons. Last night’s charity event at Galleria Marchetti in the chic River West neighborhood for Grant A Wish, Inc., rivaled the ambiance of any of those posh locations with the amount of panache and sophistication represented by our guests. The Tuscan themed space was awash in warm terra cottas and adorned with custom made sconces and globe fixtures of wrought iron and imported glass to compliment the Carerra marble floors. Tables were elegantly draped with white linen and dainty tealights in frosted holders.  Potted cyprus trees accentuated the beautifully carved mahogany doors. Light holiday  jazz instrumentals played in the background as people milled about, laughing, connecting and generally having a good time. The bar was stocked with several imported and domestic wines and top shelf spirits, liqueurs and cordials.

Food was catered to perfection featuring a varied menu of crudites, pastas, barbecued turkey bites, lasagna, honey glazed smoked wings and a deliciously decadent desert table of petit fours, tortes and cheescake cups. Cappucino and espresso were available also.

Fashions were a mixture of urban hip, dress casual and cocktail attire. Since I am a known consignment shop addict and tend to put together classic looks that are somewhat edgy yet not staid or pretentious, I decided this occasion called for a bit of a splurge in the choice of wardrobe .  Hitting the closet, I chose an Adrian Vittadini  above the knee suede pencil skirt, a silk taffeta cuffed scooped neck Donna Karan blouse and black patent and suede t-strap shoes by Jimmy Choo, topped with a black suede fedora and wide black belt.

Our toy donation table brimmed with a bounty of gifts and a raffle was held as well, offering spa days, lunch with Chicago Bears’ Adrian Peterson and other treats. Through a twist of fate and the wrath of Mother Nature, the Bears weren’t able to appear due to a major snowstorm in Baltimore, where they are scheduled to play on Sunday. This meant that they needed to fly out prematurely to try and beat the weather or risk forfeiting an important game. All of that and they still wound up sitting on the tarmac for hours.

The plus side is that arrangements were made for CBS Channel Two’s Jim Williams to do a story about our predicament.  A side benefit is that he personally offered to bring toys to our offices on Sunday.  Other offers of assistance have been trickling in, including one from a man who remembered the kindness of Anne Blair, the founder, to his family in 1983 and wanted to reciprocate.

I have never felt the true meaning of Christmas more deeply than this year.




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