HP Village making strides

Staff Writer

The Chicago Hyde Park Village hosted an invitation-only “High Tea” fundraiser last month to raise money to help expense its pending senior center. The fundraiser also served as the launch of its membership campaign.

On Nov. 20, selected guests were invited to the home of Janice and Richardson Spofford. The two live in an historic Howard Van Doren Shaw home on Woodlawn Avenue and 48th Street. The couple, who are each in their 90s, have recently put their home on the market and have moved into Montgomery Place, which is an assisted living senior home.

Susan Alitto, board president of CHPV, said the organization is being developed in conjunction with institutions such as Montgomery Place so that seniors like the Spoffords can remain in their homes as long as they are able.

“We will provide services that help seniors live in their own homes for as long as possible until they are ready to move into a place such as Montgomery Place,” Alitto said. “Older residents who want to stay comfortably and safely in their homes, the village helps them do that as long as possible.”

Alitto said the organization raised more than $15,000, which exceeded their goal for that particular fundraiser. With Montgomery Place, Unidine Food Services and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement sponsoring the event, which included tea, Champaign, finger sandwiches and pastries, all the money raised will go toward the organization’s $100,000 goal to launch the Village.

The CHPV offers a few services such as the “Drop In,” a periodical social gathering event, but Alitto said once the organization can afford to pay an executive director the board will open a brick and mortar location to provide myriad senior services.

Alitto said many of the guests who attended the “High Tea” fundraiser also signed up to be charter members.

Membership has been divided into Regular, which would allow access to most social activities, and Full Services.

Regular individual $240 a year plus $120 for each additional member to join from that household and $400 for 2 years in order to become a charter member.

Full Services individual $480 plus $240 for each additional member to join from the same household an $800 for 2 years in order to become a charter member.

Through fundraisers and membership drives CHPV expects to be up and running by late spring or early summer of 2014.