Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, 3600 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647 - 773-782-2800

Infant Welfare Society Auxiliary  

Celebrating over a century of service and support of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago    

Oak Brook Chapter

Organized 1973

President:  Elizabeth Berglund

Currently the Chapter has 62 Active Members and 9 other members. 

In FY 2017, we 
volunteered 5,547 hours.

Special Events
  In FY2018 the Chapter raised  $145,000.  Events included  “Celebrez la Saison" Preview 
Party and “Mistletoe Medley"
Luncheon/Fashion Show, Annual Baby Shower, Holiday Traditions Shop-and-Give fundraiser, Shop-and-Give and Dine-and-Give fundraisers

Memorial and Honor
donations totaled $3,875


2018 Preview Party 
Monday, November 26

2018 Mistletoe Medley
Tuesday, November 27

Maria Penland 773-782-5041
​Although the holidays may seem 
far away, they are never far from 
the thoughts of our Chapter members.  Planning for our seasonal fundraisers is already well underway!  ‘Buone Feste!’ (Happy Holidays!...with an Italian flare) is the 2018 theme. 
Enjoying the Design, Drinks and Décor event…Brenda Rarey (left) with Marianne Kelly, Oak Brook Chapter Donations Chair, who organized the fundraiser.
The Co-chairs of our Preview Party – Kathy Sievertsen and Christa Griffith – are working hard to create another fun and festive start to the holidays at 
our Monday evening event on November 26th. And, Mistletoe Medley Chair Lou Smeja and her Committee are doing their best to make our signature 2018 luncheon/fashion show, slated for Tuesday, November 27th, another one for the record books. 

If you would like further information on our ‘Buone Feste!’ event, please Maria Penland 773-782-5041.

Our Chapter’s June Luncheon and Annual Baby Shower is a time-honored and popular tradition. This year, we will meet on June 20th at Topaz Restaurant in Burr Ridge. The focus, of course, is on how the Angel Harvey Family Health Center helps the littlest patients.

Every year, we enjoy coming together to reflect on the past year as we look ahead to our 2018 Holiday events. The Annual Baby Shower/Luncheon is full of fun, friendship and philanthropy, the latter in the form of dozens of beautiful gifts for babies at the Center. Of course, there is always “oohing and aahing” over the outfits, baby gear and nursery decor donated by our generous members. It is gratifying to know that our contributions will be enjoyed and put to good use by Center families!

Our June event culminates with the installation of our new Officers. We are pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Oak Brook Chapter Officers:

President: Minnie Sandstedt
Vice President – Special Projects: Lou Smeja
Recording Secretary: Suzanne Gorden
Corresponding Secretary: Natalie Machul 
Treasurer: Elizabeth (Liz) Berglund
Assistant Treasurer: Nelly Naguib

The Chapter sponsored a “Shop-and-Sip” fundraiser in May, at The Design Bar in Burr Ridge. It was an enjoyable evening of Design, Drinks and Décor. 15% of the evening’s sales are being donated to the Oak Brook Chapter. Funds raised will help bring the gifts of medical care and healing to more children and families in need at the Angel Harvey Family Health Center.

Enjoying Girls Night Out…Darleen Sparacino (left) and her daughter Gina Sparacino
Doing some ‘power shopping’…Minnie Sandstedt (left) with Natalie Machul