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The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston held its sixth annual Hat Tea fundraising event last Sunday at the Hilton Orrington Hotel.

More than 230 guests of all ages attended the high tea which raised more than $19,000 for the non-profit organization.

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston held its sixth annual Hat Tea fundraising event last Sunday at the Hilton Orrington Hotel.

More than 230 guests of all ages attended the high tea which raised more than $19,000 for the non-profit organization.

This year’s tea celebrated all things Princess.  Children attending the Hat Tea were invited to decorate and keep a crown or tiara of their very own.

The children participated in a variety of crafts and play stations. Starfish Learning Center clowns fashioned fairy wings and animals from balloons.  Cookie decorating and the Story Corner, performed by local actress Cat Dean were popular activities.

Stylists from The Paul Mitchell School, Chicago, set up an on-site salon at the event where the girls could get makeovers including hair and nails.  

The adults at the party browsed the silent auction, and enjoyed an elegant high tea while chatting with friends and family.  Fiercely contested items at the auction included round-trip airfare provided by Orbitz, a 5-Course Chef Menu at Oceanique and a getaway at the Hilton Garden Inn North Shore. The Hat Tea concluded with the traditional parade of children around the ballroom displaying their crowns and tiaras. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit IWSE’s programs providing high-quality early childhood education and family support services for teen parents and low-income families with young children in the city of Evanston and the surrounding communities.

IWSE is a 98 year-old nonprofit social service organization which focuses on the needs of the youngest, neediest members of our community, providing services to more than 400 children and parents annually.

Above: Two guests at the Hat Tea show off theirs.

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