It’s the first day of the work week.  That means it’s time to publish our regular new feature called “Marketplace Monday” where we highlight the latest members of our new Barrington Online Marketplace here at It’s a new place where we’ll be sharing stories to show the personalities behind the people, places, events and organizations that give Barrington it’s colorful character.

Here’s how the marketplace works:

On Mondays, we’ll be introducing you to the latest members of our marketplace and sending an email to people who’ve signed up for our newsletter, “The 365 Barrington Buzz”. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events, we’d be happy to add you to our list of subscribers. Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.

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You’ll find the new community resource at To have your business, organization or event featured in the new Marketplace,visit for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.

A Night in Casablanca with Wellness Place

In today’s feature, we’re taking a closer look at Wellness Place in Palatine, a resource used by many area residents facing cancer and those who care for them.

The Wellness Place Women’s Auxiliary volunteers have been busy planning a 1940’s themed gala called A Night in Casablanca…Your Passport to Morocco. It’s coming up on the evening of Saturday, August 25that the Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue.

The elegant fundraising event includes dinner, live auction, music and dancing.  Tickets cost $250 and the organizers hope to raise over $100,000 for Wellness Place programs and services.  Visit to purchase tickets and help make a big difference in the lives of local families facing cancer.

To get a better feel for how Wellness Place helps people through a devastating cancer diagnosis, we had a conversation with the organization’s Executive Director, Pam Reiss.  Pam is celebrating a major milestone this month.  Exactly ten years ago, in July of 2002, she had her final radiation treatment for breast cancer.  When Pam was undergoing cancer treatment, she didn’t know about the resources available at Wellness Place.  Today, it is her mission to spread the word about Wellness Place so others have an easier time when they’re told they have cancer.

“You’re kind of blindsided at age 35 with a cancer diagnosis.  You’re suddenly faced with the potential of your own mortality and it’s a little unnerving.”

Wellness Place Executive Director, Pam Reiss – Courtesy of Susan McConnell Photography

“I had a good prognosis, but I had a horrible time with treatment. It was six months of about the worst time in my life. Had I known about Wellness Place, I could have prevented or better managed some of the side effects that were the worst of all.”

To find out how Wellness Place helps people through what is often the most difficult time of their lives, Click HERE for the REST OF THE STORY

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