Palos Park Service League

The Palos Park Service League is a non-profit charitable organization that has been helping worthwhile causes in the Palos area for 70 years. With a roster of about 20 members, the women of the league have raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past half-century with proceeds supporting the following philanthropies: The Center in Palos Park, Moraine Valley Community College Returning Women’s Programs, Sandburg Scholarship, Stagg Scholarship, Sandburg Senior Nite, Stag Senior Nite, Metropolitan Family Services SW, Recording for the blind, Palos Park Library, Palos Fire Protection District, Palos Park Village Hall Rec. Fund, Palos School District 118. The League meets once a month to plan two annual fundraising events. Our backgrounds and ages are quite varied, but we have joined together to provide a mechanism to give something back to the community. We work as a group and enjoy each other’s company while pursuing projects that benefit our community. If you live within the geographic boundary of School District 118 and are interested in joining our organization, please drop us a note at:
P.O. Box 221
Palos Park, IL 60464

Our Beginnings

On February 6, 1939, 14 women met to form what is now known as the Palos Park Service League. These women agreed to meet in the members homes and the dues were assessed at 25 cents per month. The purpose of this new organization was to help others. These women agreed to donate some of their spare time as volunteers at Oak Forest Hospital. Teams of two women would earn $10 per year to be used to purchase food for the needy at Christmas time. During the year these women collected clothing, toys and household items to be included in Christmas baskets. To earn money, the women baked cakes and cookies. The first Chairwoman was Peg Gibbons.

In the 50’s, the Palos Palos Park Service League increased its’ membership to 20 members. To earn money for their favorite philanthropies, the group organized a violin recital performed by a local violinist. They also planned a Country Fair. At the fair, baked goods, plants, antiques and hats were sold. For the children, there were many games, pony rides, carnival booths and a pet show. Near the close of the 50’s the first Fashion Show was held. The proceeds from the various projects were used to establish a Loan Fund for Leukemia Children at Roberts Hospital.

In the 60’s the League sponsored a summer theater series at the Village Courtyard. The productions were performed by professional theater groups. The fashion shows moved from the Community Center to the Drake Oak Brook Hotel; fashions were from Bonwitt Teller. During the summer before the fall fashion show, members worked hard at making their unusual centerpieces. The charities supported by the League increased to include the Leukemia Fund, the establishment of a Psychiatric Fund to purchase needed equipment for the treatment of children at Roberts Hospital, support of the Community Center for Social Welfare. The Service League worked with the Community Center Foundation to form this latter agency.

In the 70’s the May Market was instituted as a spring benefit and has changed somewhat over the years.

In recent years the League holds two major benefits each year. The Spring Flower Sale in May and the Fall Fashion Show in October. These two events underwrite our various philanthropies within the community. The public can support their continuing efforts by patronizing these two very worthwhile events.

Our Philanthropies

  • The American Indian Center
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School Scholarship Fund
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School Senior Nite
  • Carl Sandburg High School Scholarship Fund
  • Carl Sandburg High School Senior Nite
  • The Community Center Foundation of Palos Park
  • Crisis Center for South Suburbia
  • Elim Christian School
  • Joseph Kennedy School for Exceptional Children
  • Kosovo Refugees
  • Leukemia Fund Wylers Hospital
  • Libra School
  • Local Food Pantries
  • Metropolitan Family Services SW
  • Moraine Valley Community College Returning Woman’s Program Scholarship
  • Needy Families in the Palos Area
  • Palos Fire Protection District
  • The Palos Park Fine Arts Association
  • Palos Park Library
  • Palos School District 118
  • Park Lawn
  • Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) for Local Food Pantries
  • Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
  • Swallow Cliff Dance Company
  • Taste of Palos

Our Meetings

Regular meetings are held on the Third Monday of each month. August through June at 8 p.m. at the home of one of the members. Our business meeting is followed by refreshments. Guests Are Welcome.

More information about Palos Park Service League may be obtained by calling 708-448-9551.