Lurie Children’s Pop-up Designer Closet

The ladies of Lurie’s Foundation Board snag designer threads…all for a good cause.

The Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago hosted a preview of its Designer Closet pop-up shop on Thursday, September 19, at the 900 North Michigan Shops. Co-chairs Katie Donovan and Brette Bensinger welcomed friends and family with Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres while they shopped.

Secondhand pieces by coveted designers Chanel, Prada, YSL, and Manolo Blahnik, to name a few, were in abundance, much to the delight of the ladies. There was also a silent auction consisting of items generously donated by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, LK Bennett, and Lafayette 148 from Bloomgindale’s. The shop was a tribute to the White Elephant Shop in Lincoln Park that closed its doors in June 2002.

Founders’ Board President Lauren Gorter thanked everyone for supporting the board and its fundraising efforts. Ms. Gorter shared, “The Founders’ Board has just announced a new three-year, $5.5 million commitment to recruitment and violence prevention; the Designer Closet’s proceeds will go towards both of those projects.”


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.