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.


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

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