The Service Club of Chicago, celebrating its 123rd year, welcomed more than 300 guests to its annual "Day on the Terrace" fashion show and luncheon at the Peninsula Chicago on Monday. Members of the organization, along with local celebrities, modeled looks from top retailers and designers during the 45-minute show in the Grand Ballroom following a reception on the Shanghai Terrace.
Members Hazel Barr, chair emeritus, and Tracey Tarantino, show producer, shared commentating duties after co-chairs Jean Antoniou, Sheila O'Grady and Sharyl Mackey welcomed the record-breaking crowd. Rocky Wirtz, chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, playfully pulled raffle tickets for the event.
Frothy ball gowns from Vera Wang, chic schoolboy looks from Ralph Lauren and elegant cocktail attire from Neiman Marcus were presented on the runway along with vintage designs from Lulu's on the Avenue. Local designers Elda de la Rosa and Shalini presented evening gowns and contemporary ready-to-wear. Other retailers offering a first look at fall fashion included Escada, Burdi, Tom James, Intermix and Starr Couture, with a fur segment provided by Maximilian at Bloomingdale's.
For the Neiman Marcus segment, models were escorted by Evans Scholars wearing Black Tie Formalwear. These young men were awarded scholarships by the Western Golf Association that honors young caddies displaying exceptional leadership qualities. More than 100,000 golfers contribute to this program to meet tuition and housing costs for deserving students.
Founded in 1890, the Service Club of Chicago, of which I'm a member, is one of the oldest charitable organizations in the city. One hundred percent of funds raised go toward its grant program that provides support for various welfare, civic, educational and cultural institutions in Chicago and the surrounding communities.
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