Melinda Bates who served in the White House during the Clinton Administration, will be the guest speaker for the Oct. 7 National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) – South Cook Section luncheon.
Guests are welcome to come at 10 a.m. to Idlewild Country Club, 18860 Dixie Highway in Homewood, to view the Gift Galleria fundraiser items before the start of the luncheon program.
Bates was special assistant to the President and director of the White House Visitors Office. She is the only person in history to run that office for all eight years of any administration. She’d schedule visits with heads of state, dignitaries and celebrities, handle arrangements for state dinners plan the annual Easter Egg Roll. Bates brings it all to life in her book “White House Store, a Democratic Memoir.” Autographed copies of the book will be available after her presentation.
Luncheon guests are asked to bring items that will benefit the Albine Gerson Layette Project and the Cynthia Maddox Adopt-A-School program: hooded towels, receiving blankets, snowsuits through size 18 months, dry erase markers, crayons, markers, glue sticks, colored pencils, poster paint, sidewalk chalk, new or gently used books for kindergarten through 8th-grade, playground balls, jump ropes and Box Tops for Education coupons.
This fundraiser will help the group continue its funding for Aunt Martha’s Youth Services, South Suburban Family Shelter, Respond Now, Elyse Bell Traveling Players, Camp Quality, Cynthia Maddox Adopt-a-School, Yad b’Yad Program, School Mitzvah Project, Prairie State College book scholarships, Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), educational mini-grants and senior lunches.
NCJW South Cook Section officers are Lynne Oberman, president; Anne Oppenheimer, honorary national vice president; Robin Frank and Diane Kessler, honorary national board members; Beth Lichtenberg and Jody Markus, event chairwomen; Lynn Gaby and Betti Goldberg, gift galleria chairwomen.
For additional information or to reserve a space, contact Jody Markus at 708-748-4848.