As the temps start to tumble downward, there’s nothing like a day downtown or an evening in the city of Chicago. It’s the perfect excuse, (not that you need one!) to get all dolled up and wear a gorgeous fur cape, wrap or full length fur coat. York Furrier has been extremely busy this fall partnering with multiple charities and philanthropic organizations to assist at FUNd raisers throughout Chicagoland. Take a peek at some of the fur and fine outerwear fashions that appeared on local runways and were seen on some of our favorite socialites.
Fashionable FUNd raiser FUR a Great Cause
6 – 9PM on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ York Furrier, Elmhurst York Furrier celebrated the store’s 86th Anniversary by hosting an in-store fund raiser to benefit NAMI DuPage (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The 100 plus guests sipped champagne and wine (from Tannin’s Wine Bar & Boutique), nibbled on hors d’oeuvres and a dessert buffet (catered by Chef Marco Conte of Elmhurst’s Marco’s Table and Events), enjoyed informal modeling and trying-on fashionable furs, fine outerwear and accessories from the York Furrier 86th Anniversary Collection. Along with the event ticket funds, guests provided support for NAMI via purchasing both Grand and Regular Raffle Tickets. The array of raffle packages included: an in-home Chef prepared and served dinner for six, Chicago Blackhawks tickets, Chicago Bears tickets, Broadway in Chicago tickets, and, of course, a York Furrier Shopping Spree! At the end of the evening, guests took home a packed Swag Bag with items from Cottage Hill Diamonds, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Kilwins, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts, Main Street Toys & Gifts, Thomas Coffee (super yummy candied coffee beans . . . don’t eat too many!), plus a colorful York Furrier fox fur purse charm/key chain. “Thank You!” to Modern Luxury – CS & NS Magazines and Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts for serving as media sponsors. The evening generated $10,000 to assist NAMI with their mission to provide free supportive services, advocacy and education for first responders (schools, hospitals, libraries, law enforcement, etc.) and help for individuals with mental illness and their families. Additional donations may be made to NAMI DuPage (a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization) by calling 630-752-0066 ext. 202 (be sure to mention the York Furrier FUNd raiser!).
Italian American Women’s Organization (IAWO) Fashion Show
Friday Evening November 3, 2017 @ Drury Lane, Oak Brook With a “Hollywood Nights” theme, the IAWO fashion show benefited Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services – a fun and educational experiential Wisconsin based camp for Children (ages 5 – 19) who have been diagnosed with cancer. Over the past 40 years, the organization has served more than 14,000 campers. And IAWO has proudly donated over $350,000 (in a mere 13 years) to the camp! The evening’s chairperson, Jacquelyn Mazza, and her vivacious committee put together a festive evening with gorgeous décor, boutique shopping, a delicious dinner, lots of raffle prizes – including a York Furrier donated Badgley Mischka designed black leather gold studded tote with a Norwegian fox headband/collar, while the highlight of the event was a fashion packed runway show produced by Tracey Tarantino of ZZAZZ Productions. Clothes from Caroline Rose, Mark Roscoe, Elmhurst’s RedE Boutique, Addison’s Mona Lisa Boutique, and furs, fine outerwear and accessories from York Furrier were modeled by ZZAZZ models and special guests. For York Furrier’s runway segment, Kathy Rezny commentated while Chicago’s favorite crooner, Jack Miuccio and his lovely wife, Krystyna, stole the show in natural ranch mink coats and fab accessories – leather gloves, chenille scarf, and a fox purse/muff. Jackie Mazza, escorted by model and singer, Anthony Rago, wore a ruby red sheared beaver walking coat with matching fox trim accessorized with a City Skyline “light-up” clutch. Models Deanna Tennant and Susan Wolski Natale showcased designer, Dominic Bellissimo’s “Mad for Plaid” Loro Piana superfine wool blend fringed walking coat and classic navy trench coat style cashmere walking coat. And models, Shanon and Autumn, wrapped up in super capes – a fox trimmed Loro Piana cotton candy pink cashmere version and an empress purple superfine wool cape with fox trim. To view more fashions, visit (and LIKE!) the York Furrier Facebook page and click on the Italian American Women’s Organization 2017 Fall Fashion Show Album.
Kenneth Young Center
Luncheon on Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ The Seville Banquet Hall, Streamwood This year’s 29th annual Kenneth Young Center’s fashion show fund raiser was themed, “Imagine the Possibilities!” which ties in perfectly with the organization’s mission to help people of all ages overcome life’s challenges and achieve their goals through personalized behavioral health and older adult services. This nonprofit counsels children, adults and families; helps those in psychiatric crisis; provides recovery services for those with mental illness; and coordinates in-home services for frail elderly persons. More than 350 guests gathered for fun, food, fund raising and inspirational fashions by Chicago’s Lauren Lein and Elmhurst’s York Furrier. Fashion with Flair’s Nichole Niemann commentated as organizational models, Jan Eaton and Nancy Czarnik, shared the runway with the FWF professional models wearing fur and fine outerwear New Arrivals from YorkFurrier. A big “Thank You!” to David Joseph Portraits for capturing the show’s highlights. View more event pics on the York Furrier Facebook page by clicking on The Kenneth Young Center Fall Fashion Show 2017 Album. Accessories to great coats, view this season’s extensive selection online (Shop Now!), be sure to LIKE the York Furrier Facebook Page, then visit the Elmhurst City Centre to experience the York Furrier 86th Anniversary Collection in-person. And, catch-up on all the York Furrier happenings around Chicagoland by becoming a York Furrier V.I.P. – register to receive fashion news, social soiree highlights, exclusive offers, special event invitations and so much more!