Suburban Service League Crystal Ball committee members get together to work on their 2013 Crystal Ball fundraiser. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:02AM
The Suburban Service League, a local service group made up of 36 members and 30 associate members, is marking its 50th anniversary.
Last year, the Suburban Service League provided financial assistance to 43 local charities and 19 individuals. Among these charities are Aunt Martha’s, Child’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Cook County, Lincolnway Special Recreation Foundation, PADS, Respond Now, the Cancer Support Center, and the food pantries of Frankfort and New Lenox.
Scholarships to qualifying students at Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley Community College and Prairie State College also were awarded.
The all-volunteer group raises money to benefit its many charities by hosting its annual Crystal Ball the first Saturday in November. Co-chairwomen of the event are Gisela Sabal and Mary Salisbury-Lizen.
“This year the theme of the ball is the celebration of 50 years of the Suburban Service League. Save the date cards are being mailed out,” Sabal said.
“The group is very excited about this year’s Crystal Ball, and the 50th year anniversary. The Crystal Ball is our main fundraiser. Last year this small group of ladies volunteering their time distributed more than $80,000 to these local charities and individuals, we are very proud of that,” Anne Walker, league president, said.