York Furrier Photo Shoot Celebrates the Mother and Daughter Bond

This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, show some love and appreciation for the special woman that’s always been in your corner - Mom, Grandma, Step-Mom, or your fave Mother-figure. After all that she has done for you, it’s a day of CELEBRATION that should definitely be scheduled for her!

In addition to gifting her a bouquet of flowers and something fabulous from the YF Collection (see the Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in photos below!), York Furrier suggests spending much-needed time together to chill and chat while treating her to scrumptious nibbles, decadent desserts, or sips of bubbly. Check-out these Elmhurst, IL locations where a special group of Chicagoland area Mothers (a Grandmother too!) and their Daughters were photographed by the talented Michelle Elfvin as they modeled Spring New Arrivals from York Furrier in the Elmhurst City Centre



Mary Lou Pisone (Mother) & Diana Pisone (Daughter)

Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts:  526 Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126

(Thank You Phillip’s for letting York Furrier use your beautiful florals as a backdrop for the Mother/Daughter photo shoot - especially with York, IC and Montini proms the very next day!!!

This dynamic Mother/Daughter duo both serve as Board Members for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Both have active roles on the Gala Committee for the Foundation’s 34th annual Hope Through Caring Gala scheduled for May 21, 2022 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The black-tie optional evening honors individuals for their pioneering treatment approaches to help the ALS community, and raises needed research and care giving funds via a live auction (featuring a York Furrier Sable trimmed Sheared Mink walking coat that reverses to rainwear) and a grand raffle drawing. For tickets or more info, contact:  events@lesturnerals.org. Diana noted that she is a 3rd generation philanthropist; having learned from her mother, who learned from her mother, “The Art of the Ask!” to help and serve the communities in which they live and work.


From the YF 90th Anniversary Collection, Mary Lou and Diana are wearing intricately hand-crafted Spring Leather Toppers. The artistic and versatile styling allows for three season wear pairing easily with a t-shirt, denim and canvas sneakers; a camisole top, slacks and a strappy heel; or a turtleneck and cute skirt with tall boots. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, Mary Lou dons the blue and white geo patterned leather topper accessorized with a navy Italian leather shoulder bag with gold chain. While Diana wears the metallic multi-color floral lamb leather topper paired with the shimmer bronze glitter box clutch. Sophisticated looks for day or evening wear.


Amy Grogan (Mother) & Colleen Grogan (Daughter)

Lezza Spumoni & Desserts, Inc.:  544 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126

(Thank You Lezza’s!!! Greatly appreciate your hospitality as the photo shoot crew waited-out the rainy downpour surrounded by taste treats & colorful candy offerings in your warm and inviting seating area.)

Amy and Colleen graciously agreed to be part of the YF Mother/Daughter photo shoot, despite their power-packed schedules. Amy is a local attorney and partner at the Grogan Hesse & Uditsky P.C. law firm. Her firm offers the experience of a large law office while cost-effectively providing the personal attention of a small firm. Amy specializes in construction and corporate litigation, business buy-sell agreements, employment law, and estate planning. In her limited spare time, she enjoys creating artwork - drawing and painting, and spending time with hubby, Kevin and their three almost grown-up children in Elmhurst, IL - a place they’ve called home for 25 years. 

Colleen is a junior studying nursing at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to her studies, Colleen is a former track star who still enjoys staying active and fit, and she’s a member of the 45 Kings, an award winning improv team - making her fabulous, smart & funny!!! She was thrilled to be modeling with “my beautiful Mom!” 


To pair with Lezza’s bright pink candy store, Colleen selected a pink pearlized leather zip jacket accessorized with a flowing floral scarf and a Queen Bee envelope clutch that converts to a shoulder bag with a metallic chain. Amy opted to wear the ivory metallic lamb leather zip jacket with croc detail accents paired with the metallic mesh Bee Hive cell bag. Perfect looks for Leather Weather!


Eugenia Scavone (Mother) & Tori Scavone (Daughter)

Cuvee Cellars Bar & Wine Shop: 545 Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126

(Kudos Cuvee Cellars for a fun and festive Mother/Daughter photo shoot setting.  The duo thoroughly enjoyed the sips and nibbles - and REALLY appreciated the Capri Sun style To Go Pouch for adults!!!)

By day, Eugenia works as a territory sales manager for an HVACR distributor.  On evenings and weekends, she is the award winning coach of the Montini Catholic High School Broncettes varsity dance team. In her 32nd year of coaching, under her tutelage, the Broncettes, perform their routines at home football and basketball games, at pep rallies, during the annual fashion show, while running the kids’ camp, and during IHSA State Competitions - where numerous teams through the decades have proudly stood on the podium and lifted large trophies that were brought back to the MCHS display case. Even better, Eugenia has coached her two daughters, Taylor and Tori, when they were Broncettes! 

While Taylor was busy at work; she owns her own hair studio - Salon T in Downers Grove, younger daughter, Tori ventured-out to spend time with her fun Mom. Like Eugenia, Tori grew-up with a passion for dancing. She enjoyed the studio competitions, performing with the Montini Broncettes, and even appeared in a music video, “Alone Together” and competed on the World of Dance season 2. She’s attended Loyola University, and currently works at Lucca Osteria Restaurant & Bar in Oak Brook. Stop-by to say, “Hi!”


While they sipped and nibbled at Cuvee Cellars, from the YF Collection, Eugenia and Tori were photographed (Thanks Again Michelle!!!) wearing colorful cashmere ponchos - purple for Mom and pink for Daughter. The awe inspiring accessories included the intricate handcrafted leather and beaded flower bag with a chain shoulder strap and the mini beaded crown cross-body bag.


Jean Frain (Grandma), Andrea O’Connor (Mom), and Avery O’Connor (Daughter)

Lezza Spumoni & Desserts, Inc.:  544 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126

(BTW - like York Furrier, a third generation family biz founded in 1931 - Lezza’s is a family owned Italian bakery - plus spumoni, a candy store, the famous Lezza mix popcorn, and the best cannolis too! It opened in 1905 and is operated by 3rd and 4th generation family members with the next generation almost ready to carry on Lezza’s taste-treat traditions.) 

A grandmother to 5 grandchildren ages 9 - 20 years old, Jean came prepared for the YF photo shoot with her neighbor and Canasta buddy, the talented My Friend’s Place Salon, hair stylist, Debi Serritella. With her cute coiffed do, Jean was joined by her daughter, Andrea, and granddaughter, Avery. Andrea is both a private interior home designer and a fitness instructor at Patriot Sports 2.0 in Elmhurst. She and her husband, Dr. Daryl O’Connor - an orthopedic surgeon for Orthopedic Specialists in Elmhurst, are parents of 13 yr. old son, Donovan, and 11-year-old daughter, Avery. After pick-up from school (she’s enjoying 6th grade), Avery was ready to strike a pose (and enjoy the famous Lezza spumoni!). Along with her modeling gig alongside Mom and Grandma, Avery is super busy with travel volleyball and softball, plus her equestrian team too. With two active kids, Andrea frequently operates in Uber driver mode.


Perfect for the photo shoot day’s torrential downpour, Jean wore a bright and oh so cheery hooded reversible rain coat. The YF Collection features a variety of colors, styles, and patterns. Each piece is a true work of art with every FUNctional rain garment patterned from original art created by abstract painters (Janet Barnette’s work is a fave!) which is transferred to fabric for a packable, lightweight, perfect for travel and on the go raincoat. This is #WearableArt that repels water and attracts Good Vibes Only attention. 

For always-on-the-go Andrea, she selected a sporty blush fox and knit vest paired with a rose quartz colored leather crossbody wallet. The super versatile vest looks great with casual errand-running style by day, as well as paired with a classic blouse and skirt for an evening dinner date. 

Daughter Avery, chose blush (to match Mom) in a cropped bolero style (also available in powder blue and royal purple) which she accessorized with the Queen of Everything beaded crossbody cell bag.


Sandy Pedersen (Mom of daughter Zan who was at the helm of an energetic CycleBar class.)

Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria: 483 Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126

(Thank You Pasquale for allowing the York Furrier photo shoot models and crew into your fine dining Italian Cuisine (and seafood too!) restaurant. Your hospitality and bottle of Canard-Duchéne Brut champagne was spectacular!!!) 


Along with the most of the Grandmother/Mother/Daughter models, Sandy joined in at Roberto’s wearing a YF Collection Orchid lamb leather zip jacket accessorized with a YF Design Team created colorful mink and fox wristlet.


Moms and Daughters making Memories Together

Jack’s Silverado Grill:  447 Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126

(While Jack was off to his college reunion, bartender Karen let the YF photo shoot group take-over the bar seating for a group shot.  Thank You!!!) 


For the final photo of the day, YF Collection selections were interchanged by the models.  Debi, Eugenia and Andrea opted for leather jackets, while Avery changed into a pretty mink jacket. Jean loved her raincoat . . . and kept it on . . . hint hint Andrea . . .Mother’s Day is May 8th!!! 



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