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A Day in the Life of Missy Kedzior

Elle Cashin | February 20, 2020 | People

The Winnetka resident and The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital member steps up to co-chair a major spring shindig.

MissyKedzior16HighRes.jpgWinnetka’s Missy Kedzior is the co-chair of this year’s Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show preview party.

In the early 2000s, Lake Forest native Missy Kedzior was among the first of her friends to return to the North Shore post-college. “My aunt suggested I join a woman’s board to meet some women my age,” she remembers. “I thought that sounded like a great idea.” Kedzior chose The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which historically has been the hospital’s leading support organization and works diligently to raise money for a range of medical research initiatives, including for cancer. At the time, the cause had little significance in Kedzior’s life—but that quickly changed.

“Timing is so crazy, when you look at life,” she says. “My stepdad—whom I was very, very close with; he was like my father—was diagnosed with throat cancer within a year of me joining the board, and Northwestern treated him. I spent a lot of time in that hospital and met a lot of nurses and doctors. The care was just incredible.” This year—nearly two decades after joining the board—Kedzior is once again spending time at the hospital, but now it’s in the name of philanthropy. Alongside Leslie McLamore and Sarah Potter, she’s making her debut as co-chair of the esteemed Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show preview party; the May 14 benefit will raise funds for Northwestern Memorial Hospital through The Woman’s Board.

In a fitting tribute to her stepfather, who passed away in 2005, Kedzior and her co-chairs are hoping to create an event that appeals to more men than in years past. They’ve brought on Margaret Cavenagh, the recently appointed principal of interior architecture at renowned Studio Gang, to speak at the event, and will have cigar-rolling and whiskey-tasting stations in addition to passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the evening affair.

The role marks Kedzior’s re-entrance into the world of philanthropy—she had taken a step back for a number of years to raise her two children—and it’s one she plans to continue. “I feel like it’s my time to give back,” she says. Preview party tickets $200, VIP tickets $250, theMart, 7th Floor

8AM: Workout

“I was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and it’s very important to keep my muscles strong; Chicago Sports Institute has really helped me in my journey.” 1847 Oak St., Northfield

10AM: Book break

“I love to cook, so I might grab a coffee and browse the latest cookbooks at The Book Stall. My latest purchase is Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard. I sat in on one of her cooking demos recently at Eataly; I love her recipes.” 811 Elm St., Winnetka

1PM: Shopping stop

“If I’m not cooking and need a date-night outfit, I will pop into Valentina for the latest Mother jeans.” Kedzior has known the shop’s owner, Sarah Scott, for nearly 20 years. 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka

3PM: Preview party planning

“The past several months I have been having regular meetings with my co-chairs to plan the opening night party.” The trio sometimes meets at the hospital; other times for lunch at the Casino Club or simply over coffee. Peet’s Coffee, 817 Elm St., Winnetka

6PM: Dinner date

“Date night with the hubs is always early. We go to Mino’s Italian. We love the manager, Steven, and the citylike atmosphere.” 985 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

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Photography by: Katrina Wittkamp