Keepers of the Town

by Lisa Stamos


Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 is a great year for you. QB is happy to be a part of it—keeping you up on what’s happening and all the interesting things to do around town. It’s always fun to see how many people you know in our pages.

What an honor it was to be invited to cover the Sanfilippo family and share their amazing story as humble people with a unique way to support the community. We asked them to dress up, as if hosting a gala—something all of them have a lot of practice doing. While April Graves, Greg Leifel, and I worked on organizing the photo shoot, we chuckled to hear the family chatting back and forth about what kind of Rosati’s Pizza they wanted for dinner that night. I’m quite sure they were happy to change out of their tuxes and gala attire to relax together around the dinner table with a few boxes of pizza after we all left. I also learned that each holiday season the whole family takes a hike in the woods together, one of their family traditions. The Sanfilippos are a treasure to have in our midst and they touch thousands of lives with their hearts and generous support.

As we say goodbye to our Sesquicentennial year, our annual Faces of Philanthropy feature introduces the key volunteers who created the historic events and activities all year long. We thought it was fitting to honor them this January in our Philanthropy Issue. They made history, and we wanted to capture that and share their thoughts.

Many of you already know Dyllis and Bill Braithwaite, our Quintessential People. How fitting that this beautiful couple is presented in this issue, which travels up to and through Valentine’s Day as we head towards March. Theirs is a love story not to be missed. Who can forget stepping into Finn’s Fabrics on North Cook Street, Dyllis’ emporium with its perfect display of richly-colored fabrics. And we can thank Bill for helping to protect and preserve the area we live in through his legal work and support of BACOG. Congrats are in order!

The “keepers of our town” are Barrington’s merchants who choose to live and work here. Without their vitality and businesses to enjoy, town wouldn’t be nearly as interesting and lively. We depend on them for so many things, and they depend on us. Our merchants do so much to support the philanthropic requests, and charity efforts around us, and they are generous. Let’s make every day small business day in Barrington’s downtown and shopping districts nearby!

Quintessential Media was excited to host the first Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Barrington’s White House on Dec. 15. We had more than 200 people join us and experience what an ideal community house we now have. Check out our feature story inside about more White House “firsts” and consider making this special place “yours” for an event. Also check out the White House events and updates in our expanded Arts & Culture section.