The Cause: The Chicago Lighthouse hosted its eighth annual FLAIR luncheon and fashion show, this year themed “Eye on Style.” The event honored philanthropist Susan Griffiths Gohl and supported the nonprofit’s children’s programming for the blind, visually impaired and disabled. Sheree Schimmer and Sherrill Bodine served as co-chairs.


The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR

The Setting: Nearly 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the Palm Court followed by a luncheon in the elegant Gold Coast Room. The runway show, produced by ZZAZZ Productions, featured fashions from Anne Fontaine, Contessa Bottega, Frances Heff ernan, Lauren Lein Ltd., Menotti Couture, Mira Couture, My Stylist at Macy’s, St. John and RedE.


Singing sensation Nina Vargas.

The Scene: Dr. Janet Szlyk, Lighthouse president and CEO, welcomed the crowd. Hood/Swift Woman with Flair honoree Susan Gohl accepted her award from event co-host Tracey Tarantino DiBuono before Monsignor Kenneth Velo off ered an invocation. Nina Vargas, a young participant from the organization’s Youth Transition Program, sang “A Million Dreams” from the hit movie “The Greatest Showman.” The record-breaking event raised more than $135,000. 

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