The Rainbow Circle of Friends of the Western Reserve launched a new legacy event, A Winterful Tea, held at Inn Walden. The event raised $10,000 for UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Guests of all ages paused to embrace the season. A wonderland of professionally decorated trees and wreaths were offered for silent auction, graciously donated by members of the American Society of Interior Designers Ohio North Chapter. Petite sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and a variety of teas and a hot chocolate bar were enjoyed by all. Little ones were enchanted by a surprise storyteller from Second Star to the Right of Chagrin Falls in the Jodhpur’s Lounge overlooking the horse stables at the cozy Inn Walden, one of Ohio’s most beautiful boutique hotels.

Committee members included Sarah Filipovitz, Meredith Hudec, Ellie O’Donnell, and Susie Schmitt of Hudson, Julia Roubic formerly of Hudson and currently of Columbus and Patty Owens of Aurora.

“ASID Ohio North is thrilled to partner with the Rainbow Circle of Friends in supporting their brand-new event. Our belief is that design impacts lives and we look forward to showing off our creativity for a great cause, at Winterful,” shared Laura Suglia-Isgro, of Chagrin Falls, and President of the Ohio North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Patty Owens, a Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation Trustee, and Chair of the Winterful host committee, spent 71 days on hospital bedrest 12 years ago during the holiday season.

“Our son Gavin who was given a five percent chance of being born alive, is now a thriving 12-year-old at Harmon Middle School. Because of the remarkable care I received at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s, I want to give back to this organization that gave our family hope,” shared Owens.

Rainbow Circle of Friends can be any size or group of people who want to support UH Rainbow; a school club, a business or religious group, or just a group of like-minded friends who have been touched by Rainbow. Circles can provide materials, volunteers or raise money for important programs benefiting hospitalized children. A Circle can range from an informal onetime get-together to a more structured, ticketed event, like A Winterful Tea. Contact: Patty Owens, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation, Trustee, 330.221.2101. STORY SUBMITTED BY RAINBOW CIRCLE OF FRIENDS OF THE WESTERN RESERVE

Katherine Curran of Aurora, Ohio

Rosemary Memo with Stella, Susie and Rosie Schmitt

Nicole Reagan, Ashley Kanlić, Carly Cicero and Amber Mirando

Stella Schmitt, Mae Hudec, Rosie Schmitt, Beatrice Hudec and Anabelle Hudec