Friends of UIC Pediatrics Host Fourth Annual Holiday Tea at the Racquet Club

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“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.” By John Greenleaf Whittier

The Friends of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Pediatric Hospital held their 4th annual Holiday Friendship Tea on Wednesday, December 5, at the exclusive Racquet Club located in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Founding Member Julie Karagianis, along with President/Founding Member Helen Applegate, hosted 118 ladies at this sold out event.

Guests enjoyed high tea sandwiches and scones while listening to Christmas music played by a pianist and shopping with several vendors featuring holiday gifts. Vendors included Mary Mary Gifts,Elsa Johnson Jewelry, and board member Liz Webb. The event raised over $9,000 to benefit the UIC Pediatric Hospital to fund medical equipment.

“Friends of UIC Pediatrics” was founded by a group of philanthropic volunteers that have chosen as their mission, fund-raising and support of the Department of Pediatrics at UIC. The Department consists of dedicated and highly qualified faculty and staff who care for children from all socio-economic backgrounds, including a large number of underprivileged children. This group is committed to philanthropy to assist the department to provide outstanding care to all children who come to UIC. Patients receive compassionate and the highest quality medical care from nationally and internationally known doctors.

Photo Credit: Joanne Matsakis


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.