Kenilworth, Community

News Briefs: Kenilworth’s Porch Light Night on Monday; Local salon earns big honor; Court the Cure event on Thursday; Wilmette Wine Walk next Saturday

Don’t forget to leave the light on, Kenilworth.

Kenilworth Community Fund volunteers will take to streets on Monday, Oct. 2, for the organization’s annual tradition, Porch Light Night, a program “to allow neighbors to help neighbors,” according to the community fund.

The Kenilworth Community Fund is an 83-year-old nonprofit that raises funds to support local charities that serve the North Shore. Porch Light Night is nearly as old and the tradition is the group’s largest and most important fundraiser. On Monday evening, community fund volunteers will visit every home in town to request donations.

“Misfortune does not care about incomes or zip codes. It can strike any of us at any time,” said Jack McHugh, the fund’s president, in an email. “Whether you have a child with special needs, a struggling teen who needs to talk, or a parent meeting the challenges of aging, the Kenilworth Community Fund has been supporting local charities addressing the needs of residents since the Great Depression.”  

For more information about the organization and to donate online, visit the Kenilworth Community Fund website.

Highland Park spot recognized as a Salon of the Year

Salon Today magazine has named Gordon Salon, of Highland Park, as one of the 2023 Salons of the Year: Design Destinations.

According to the magazine, the honor is given to salons that demonstrate excellence in design and architecture. They have been selected amongst thousands of salons from across the country.

The magazine pointed out Gordon Salon’s signature “green wall,” which adds unique design to the salon while also representing the salon’s commitment to the environmental sustainability.

Gordon Salon also has locations in Wilmette, Evanston, Glenview and Chicago.

The Pro-Am participants at Winnetka Paddle in support of Equal Hope foundation.

Court the Cure Pro-Am takes court on Thursday, Oct. 5

The Court the Cure annual paddle tennis fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Winnetka Platform Paddle Club, 490 Hibbard Road.

The event — spearheaded by the Winnetka-based North Shore Women’s Platform Tennis League, a nonprofit that comprises thousands of local women — will feature more than 300 participants. Court the Cure raises funds for Equal Hope, a Chicago-based nonprofit focusing on eliminating disparities in women’s healthcare.

On Thursday, local league players will be paired with paddle tennis pros with prizes for the winning team. Following the play,  Liz Cruz and Alison Morgan will play an exhibition match with Chelsea Mittal Hallie Bodman.

Wine Walk hits downtown Wilmette next Saturday

The Wilmette Wine Walk will return to downtown Wilmette from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Wilmette-Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce event will support Boys Hope Girls Hope while guests can taste wines at a number of local businesses.

Check-in begins The Bottle Shop at 3:30 p.m., when participants can pick up a wine walk guide and souvenir wine glass before beginning the event.

Proceeds from the event go to Boys Hope Girls Hope. Pre-registration is required and a donation of $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Stops along the walk are: The Bottle Shop, Hubba-Hubba boutique, Bella Cosa jewelry, Chantilly Lace, La Colonna/Giggles & Giraffes, Heroines and Heroes, North Shore Exchange, Lambrecht’s Jewelers, and DeGuilio Kitchen Design.

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This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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