Barb and Steve Durham opened their home on Windsor Lake on Wednesday, May 3, for patrons of the Retina Foundation‘s 2023 Visionary Luncheon. In addition to hosting the patron party, the Durhams were co-chairing the luncheon on Thursday, May 18, at the Hilton Anatole with Tom Leppert as the keynote speaker.
At the same time across town fronting Highland Park’s Exall Lake, Kathy and Harlan Crow‘s home was the site of the Friends of Katy Trail‘s donor cocktail reception. Naturally, guests like Wanda Gierhart, Suzanne and Bob Kriscunas, Cindy Hennessy and JD Trueblood found themselves mesmerized by the collection in the Crow library that included everything from Lincoln’s desk when he served in the Illinois legislature to the thousands of books filling the two stories of walls.
Midway during the evening, Friends of Katy Trail Executive Director Amy Bean, Major Gifts Senior Director Ann Whitley Wood and Board President Blake Shipp thanked guests for their support and provided an update on the Trail.
Getting back to the browsing through the library, Dean Fearing reported in amazement that his son Campbell Fearing had made remarkable success from his diagnosis of an aggressive form of leukemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Dean attributed Campbell’s progress to “amazing doctors,” medical advancements and loads of prayers.