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Fashion Forward’s good causes for fall

Brynn Stein, 9, a Buffalo Grove fourth grader, was a model at the Nov. 7 Chicago Bears/Northbrook Court Fashion Forward show. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
Ryan Sobel, 12, of Long Grove (left), and Jesse Stein, 12, of Buffalo Grove | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
George and Barb McCaskey of Sycamore. George McCaskey is the Chicago Bears chairman. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
Renee Pickrell of Chicago and Wilmette (left) with Katie Manganaro of Chicago, a Wilmette Loyola Academy 2007 graduate | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
Models took to the runway at Northbrook Court's Fashion Forward to Benefit Chicago Charities | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
Myrna Lovejoy of Oak Park  | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
Holiday Kick-Off: November 7 Northbrook Court Fashion Forward to Benefit Chicago Charities and Host Chicago Bears Affiliate Fashion took the runway near the mall lower entrance by Neiman Marcus.| Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media
Karen Firsel of Northbrook (left) and Paula Brady of Northbrook Neiman Marcus. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

“We are kicking off the holiday season,” said Kolios, of the fashion show which featured kicked-up thigh-high boots but also kicky athletic shoes.

The halls of Northbrook Court were decked out for the winter holidays on Nov. 7. But the evening’s festivities were more than simply seasonal.

“We are celebrating two wonderful organizations in our community, FORCE, which is Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered and the Chicago Bears Cares organizations,” said Stacy Kolios, Northbrook Court marketing manager.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears, strives to improve the lives of those in the Chicagoland community via educational youth athletics and health awareness.

“We’re thrilled to have them (both charities) here and we’re excited for a night of fun and fundraising,” said Kolios.

Indeed, guests at the Fashion Forward soiree included charity representatives such as Chicago Bears alumni player Rashied Davis and wives of members of the Chicago Bears coaching staff, and George McCaskey, Chicago Bears chairman, and his wife, Barb.

Children and a most fashionable bulldog modeled top looks for the holidays from Northbrook Court retailers. Retailer gift cards were auctioned off live as models of all ages bested the catwalk.

Fashion Forward guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction. Complimentary appetizers and a dessert bar were courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

The McCaskeys shared some thoughts on fashionable colors. “Everybody looks better in navy and orange,” said the Bears chairman with a laugh. “And you can quote me on that!”

His wife Barb had her own opinion, which also showed the right team spirit. Of her color pick, she said, “Well, that depends, but my favorite is blue.”

In combination, of course.“Navy and orange,” she added, with a gracious smile.

Ryan Sobel, 12, a Long Grove seventh-grader and Jesse Stein, 12, a Buffalo Grove seventh-grader, were two dudes at a fashion show, there to encourage Jesse’s little sister Brynn Stein, 9, a fourth-grader, who was a runway model.

But the boys’ were clearly in tune with some of other men— McCaskey and Davis — as well.

Asked what his favorite colors are, Jesse needed no prompting.

“Orange and blue,” he said

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