Benefit Was Successful
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 8 Aug 1912, p. 1

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Garden Party Given at Winnetka for Providence Day Nursery Drew Large Social Gathering


Despite This Handicap the Affair Was so Well Arranged by the Women in Charge That the Handsome Fund Was Raised

Despite the rain, which fell almost constantly Thursday afternoon, the benefit garden party given on the lawns of Mrs. James L. Houghtelling, Mrs. Herman B. Butler and Mrs. Augustus S. Peabody at Winnetka, for the benefit of the Providence Day Nursery, was a grand success. It was planned to make the affair a garden party, utilising the spacious and beautiful gardens of the three women. The rain, however, upset these plans. The entertainment was given in the Houghtelling home. The frequent downpour held no fear for those desirous to aid the worthy cause for which the entertainment was planned. Wealthy residents all along the lake shore drove through the rain to lend their aid to the benefit. Many Evanstonnias attended, while a number of automobile parties drove down from Lake Forest to be present. Although the benefit was given in the home of Mrs. Houghtelling, those present did not overlook every opportunity to stroll through the beautiful gardens. Between showers the lawns sloping gradually to the lake, were thronged with society women from all all along the north shore.

Debutantes Sold Flowers

During the short interval when the rain ceased many pretty debutantes were busy among the women walking through the gardens. The girls sold flowers and a very neat sume was realised from their efforts. The benefit was a success in every way, and those in charge are deserving a great deal of credit. As a result of the benefit the Providence Day Nursery building fund was swelled by nearly $1,000. The nursery is located at 3252 Sullivan court and sixteen children are now being cared for and forty more are asking for admittance. The nursery is a two-story and one-half frame building and is entirely inadequate to the demands. Among the features of the proposed new building is an open-air school on the roof.

Prominent People

The party was in charge of Miss Harriet Houghtelling, who was assisted by Mrs. H. B. Butler, Mrs. A. S. Peabody, Mrs. Lorenzo M. Johnson, Mrs. John H. Hardin, Miss Landon, Mrs. W. O. Green, Mrs. Josiah McRoberts, Mrs. J. Allen Haines, Mrs. William S. Hibbard Jr., Mrs. Charles W. Hubbard, Mrs. Horace K. Tenney, Mrs. Samuel T. Chase, Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson and Miss Dorothy Stirling. The nursery is under the care of the diocesan board of missions of the Episcopal church and is in charge of the following committee: Presidetn, Rt. Rev. Charles P. Anderson; chairman, Miss Jannette L. Sturges; vice-chairman, Mrs. Frederick Arnd; recording secretary, Miss Harriet Houghtelling; treasurer Mrs. A. K. Kerns; Mrs. Louis Bainter,, Mrs. Cecil Barnes, Mrs. Ralph M. Barton, Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson, Mrs. F. E. Gould, Mrs. Charles C. Griswold, Mrs. William D. Kerfoot, Miss Florence Manning, Miss Kathleen McMurray, Mrs. Charles Pope, Mrs. J. B. Sardy, Miss Dorothea Summerville, Miss Dorothy Stirling, Miss Marion Warren, Miss Frances K. Wetmore, Mrs. Herbert W. Prince and Mrs. A. J. Greenfield.

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8 Aug 1912
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Benefit Was Successful