York Furrier Supports the Service Club of Chicago’s Fashionable #FUNdraiser

A Perfect Day for Fashion & Philanthropy at The Peninsula Chicago. 


On Monday, August 7, 2023, the Service Club of Chicago hosted their annual Must Attend Social Soiree – a Luncheon Fashion Show Fund Raiser at The Peninsula Chicago. This year’s Day on the Terrace extravaganza, was titled “133 Years of Change.” That’s 133 years (since 1890!) of providing grants and support for HUNDREDS of Chicagoland charities and organizations in order to make life better for those in need. York Furrier was thrilled to be a part of this year’s successful event – with a donation to the Grand Raffle, gift cards for each guest’s swag bag, and providing our YF Collection Fur, Fine Outerwear & Accessory Fashions for organizational models to don during the ZZAZZ Productions First Look at Fall Runway Show.



Photography by John Reilly. 



With almost 350 guests in attendance, this year’s fund raiser generated over $100,000.00!!!!  Kudos to Service Club President, Jean Antoniou, and her luncheon fashion show co-chairs, Tracey DiBuono and Sharyl Mackey. Others deserving of a shout-out include: Past President, Myra Reilly, for coordinating the coveted Look Book, Andrea Antoniou and the entire Service Club Auxiliary Board for behind-the-scenes support and planning the lively After Party that featured DJ Akib from 312 Entertainment (keeping the dance floor packed all afternoon), Candace Jordan and Chicago Star Media for pre- and post-event media coverage, along with loyal donors, the Diamond Sponsors – Sherill Bodine, Darby Hills, Cheryl Coleman, and Susan Gohl, Gold Sponsors – Melissa Babcock, Kathy Cook, and Mary Lasky, Silver Sponsors – Gene & Georgetti Restaurant, Nina Mariano, and Weller Dental. Applause for ALL of You plus the dedicated committee members, auction bidders, raffle ticket buyers, gift item donors, the models, and attendees!!!



The Event Details

Guests were treated to a champagne toast upon arrival, had time to bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets (many hoping to be the recipient of the York Furrier donated fur rosette trimmed cape!), headed to the butterfly adorned selfie wall for pics on the Peninsula Terrace, enjoyed mingling with chic attired friends, all followed by a call to The Peninsula Chicago’s Grand Ballroom to be seated for lunch (which included a decadent dessert!). In the ballroom, the mood was set with DJ Akib’s energetic tunes, tables were adorned with gorgeous blooms from Kehoe Designs, and on each chair, guests found an abundant swag bag with great goodies – a sample from Divine Biscotti, a personal sized split of champagne from Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, a nail file courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway’s Lisa Huber, a Claudio Riaz lip gloss, a specialty tea sample provided by Chicaco Tea House, gift cards from Leah Chavie Skincare, Davis Imperial Cleaners, Alice + Olivia, and a card to redeem at York Furrier for a colorful fur accessory.


In the Spotlight

Once guests settled into their seats, the ballroom lights dimmed, and it was showtime! Tracey DiBuono of ZZAZZ Productions introduced the organizational models and commentated the best of Fall Fashions from Chicagoland designers and boutiques. Attendees were treated to sensational styles from: Alice + Olivia, Anne Fontaine, Contessa Bottega, Elda de la Rosa Couture, Lauren Lien Ltd., Max Mara, Mira Couture, Nieman Marcus, Peter Millar, St. John Boutique, Sylwia, and New Arrivals from York Furrier located in the Elmhurst City Centre

“Thanks!” to the Service Club Models wearing Fur, Outerwear & Accessories from the YF Collection:

Megan Pelino – York Signature Style merlot mink flounce (which Megan magnificently twirled on the runway!).

Carli Kebby – Navy sheared mink walking coat accessorized with a colorful fox beret (kudos for your #HATitude Carli!).

Simona Garcia – Royal blue fox trimmed mink hooded zip jacket with fox and leather carry all tote and fur purse charm.

Mimi Pezzuto – Lipstick red sheared beaver zip jacket with fox trim and a fox fur bucket bag.

Michael Kutza – Coyote zip jacket accessorized with his book “Starstruck” (Find it on Amazon.  It’s a MUST read!).

Scott Bobek – Whiskey shearling aviator jacket with leather piping (which paired perfectly with denim & boots).

Kathy Cook – Black shimmer leather/shearling reversible hooded jacket with fox trim (2-in-1 style keeps ‘em guessing).

Gretchen Schramko – Fuchsia sculptured sheared mink walking coat with fox trim and a Warhol like print lining.

Julia Jacobs – Deep purple sable trimmed sculptured sheared mink hooded walking coat with a mink mini bag. 




Check-out additional pics and video highlights on Instagram @yorkfur (appreciate a follow, hit the heart, save & share!).

View the above looks and other selections from the YF 92nd Anniversary Collection in-store at 107 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL every Tuesday through Saturday. Or SHOP YF Collection New Arrivals online at YorkFur.com 24/7. 

The York Furrier Staff and talented Design Team look forward to assisting you with ALL your Fur, Fine Outerwear, Accessory, and Fur Home Décor needs. 

To Make a Donation to The Service Club of Chicago:

The Service Club of Chicago is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a 4/4 Star rating on Charity Navigator. 

Visit online: https://theserviceclubofchicago.org (click on Ways to Donate). 

Mail a Check payable to:

The Service Club of Chicago

PO Box 10165

Chicago, IL 60610 

Join York Furrier in support of the awesome Chicagoland women who volunteer for The Service Club of Chicago as they provide financial assistance to soooooo many worthy charities and agencies. It’s #FURaGreatCause!!!