As many of you may know, we have been celebrating our 25th year of supporting Wellness House and the programs they offer to those living with cancer.
It all started with 3 close friends and the help of a few others whose lives had been touched by cancer and were looking for a way to help raise funds for Wellness House which had opened just a year before. They invited friends and relatives to come to a party and bring either a financial donation or an item that could be sold in the newly created shop. The rest as they say is history. Things have changed over the years, volunteers have come and gone, but the passion remains. Still staffed by volunteers, there is now a manager and assistant manager overseeing things. The 3 women who started all of this? They are still there every day, decorating, taking in consignments on Monday's and they continue to love what they do.
The evening was a huge success that included a balloon release with messages to those we have lost from cancer, time to renew friendships with former volunteers and supporters and the presentation of a proclamation give by the Illinois House of Representatives as well as a plaque from Wellness House in recognition of the $4,000,000.00 we have given to them during our 25 years.
The Courtyard would not be the success it is without our wonderful customers and consigners who keep our inventory new and fresh and help us maintain the high level of quality items that we offer. Everyone has worked very hard to make our reputation as strong and good as it can be and continue to do that on a daily basis. Thank you to all who have supported us in any way -- we couldn't do it without you!