Books & Brunch Draws a Crowd

Assistance League of Chicagoland West at Books & Brunch
The Abbington in Glen Ellyn 
Attendance was up at Books & Brunch this year as 324 guests shopped for books and boutique items, bid on the silent auction and raffle, enjoyed a delicious lunch and a wonderful program with three entertaining authors and our master of ceremonies NBC5 newscaster Dick Johnson.










Registration 

Arie Quick, Marsha Smith and Sally Bacon 

Guests checking in 
Marsha Smith, Maria Kim and Marie Raffl at registration 

Mary Parsons (2nd from left) and Sally Rozak (far right) with guests

Pat Mrozek with her basket of raffle tickets






Boutique Shopping 





Silent Auction 



Raffle Baskets
Dee Dugo, Marianne Cortopassi and Mary Parsons
Raffle Basket Committee
Laurie Cleary wins the Wii

Members and Guests 




Paula DuPont, Heather Laughman and Dee Dugo


Arie Quick (center) and guests



Dee Dugo (far right) ad friends

Ginny Lorenc (far right) and guests

Paula Dupont (2nd from right) and friends 




Becky Moats, Maureen Hegarty and friend

 Chair Laurie Cleary and friend 


 Chair JoAnn Slezak (center), Marie Raffl (right) and friend







Author Signings
Cristina Henriquez signs ALCW poster
Bryan Gruley autographs his book

Rick Tramonto and Marianne Cortopassi 





More Guests 

Judy Casten (right) and guests 



State Rep. Patti Bellock (right) is a longtime ALCW supporter and
an annual Books & Brunch guest
Luncheon and Author Presentations 


President Carla Feinkind speaks about Assistance League



Carla Feinkind presents Linda Gonnella with inaugural
Above and Beyond award 


Linda Gonnella (center) 


Author and Hinsdale resident Cristina Henriquez (right)

Linda Legner (center) with author Bryan Gruley

Usha Swamy and MC Dick Johnson 

Bryan Gruley and Dick Johnson enjoy their first
"women's luncheon"

Bob and Sally Bacon (right)

Carla Feinkind (right)

Member Barb Keller is presented diamond hoops earrings from Bella Cosa Jewelers
as Dick Johnson looks on 

Barb Keller - our happy grand prize winner

Finale
Marie Rossi (left) and friends
Names were drawn for the gorgeous floral table arrangements





Paula Dupont (center)

Cristina Henriquez



Nancy Newell, Cristina Henriquez, Usha Swamy and Marilyn Cushing


Photos by Arie Quick