Clarendon Hills Infant Welfare

By Mike Ellis

The Clarendon Hills chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago auxiliary (CHIW) presented its annual benefit, “Light Up the Night,” at homes throughout the village on Jan. 23. The chapter sold approximately 160 tickets, which provided purchasers with access to a streaming video produced by CHIW members that featured both live and recorded content. Ticket purchasers had the option of hosting their own benefit parties in their homes, but most opted to simply enjoy the content with their families. CHIW president Jen Alsman, benefit co-chair Melissa Woodbury and chapter member Michelle Casini toiled on video production in Alsman’s basement throughout the evening. Alsman, Woodbury and benefit cochair Danielle Wheeler recorded a professionally-shot video at the new restaurant Walkers in downtown Clarendon Hills, introducing viewers to aspects of Infant Welfare, which operates the Angel Harvey Family Health Center in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Infant Welfare CEO Jerry Isikoff discussed the impact of Coronavirus on the Angel Harvey clinic, explaining that they have had a number of staff members test positive for the virus, but have been fortunate not to lose any patients to the disease thus far. In a recorded segment, Woodbury introduced Jasmine Flores, a former Infant Welfare patient who resides in the Gage Park neighborhood of the city roughly 45 minutes from the clinic. The video concluded with a comedy routine by Pat Tomasulo of WGN Ch. 9 that tackled a variety of subjects, ranging from politics to crime in Clarendon Hills. For more information about the Clarendon Hills chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago,



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