Strands of Strength

By Wicker Van Orsdel

’Tis a very good feeling to surmount the hump that is Wednesday! What better way than to attend the Strands of Strength Fund-raising Luncheon at Glen Oaks Country Club? It was truly a sell-out event; I have never seen so many cars jockeying for parking spots.  There was not a space to be had unless you broke down and handed your vehicle over to the valets to place in their secret parking cache. The clubhouse was teeming with lovely-ladies-who-lunch, baring their shoulders in summer frocks. It was a wonderful afternoon to catch up with all the people we haven’t seen all winter long. I haven’t seen this many ladies in one place since the Smart Talk Series.

The throngs of ladies and a handful of gentlemen who attended came to support Deb Pulver and Marcie Morrison in founding Strands of Strength. They are both cancer survivors who teamed up with hairdresser and wig specialist Jack Morlan to launch the nonprofit organization in February of this year. The organization offers vouchers to cancer patients in need for quality wigs to help reduce the stigma of hair loss to help them maintain their dignity and work toward a positive healing attitude.

During the social hour, we were nourished by unoaked chardonnay and cosmos! They were very popular! Subsequently, we were ushered into the clubhouse dining room where the tables were decorated with beautiful white orchids. Let the luncheon begin! The cucumber soup was yummy, as was the shrimp and fruit salad. (Just the right amount of guilt-free lunch fare.) Deb Pulver welcomed us and recounted the heart-rending story of her battle with cancer and the teary realization that she was not going to escape losing her hair after chemotherapy. (She lightened the mood when she reminded her husband Bob Pulver, that he called her “Beetle Juice” at the onset of her hair loss.) She then introduced her surgeon and friend, honorary guest Dr Bernie Mouw, a distinguished surgeon who specializes in breast surgery.  Stan Reynolds in his glib, legendary, and inimitable style conducted the auction. One thing they really did right was to keep the auction to four really fabulous items: a spa package, a Chicago shopping trip, a Chicago White Sox game and Madonna concert tickets. They were snapped up like pricey hotcakes!

Flynn Wright designed the logo and the invitations for Strands of Strength and Bill and Susan Benskin of Printer’s Inc, donated all the printing for the event….kudos to them for their great community support. Bob Pulver underwrote the entire luncheon, so all the money raised that afternoon went toward the purchase of over 300 wigs! Thanks to Bob for such a generous gift, and thanks to Deb Pulver for her courage and inspiration to so many.

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