Ellen Stirling’s Lake Forest Shop Your Cause 2014

Social Entrepreneur Ellen Stirling Instinctively Creates Virtuous Circles – An Influential And Stylish Woman Always Ahead Of Her Times

Ellen Stirling carries on in the tradition of her trendsetting, progressive, glamorous relatives.  Her aunt married to Conde Nast and loved clothes so much that she founded the Lake Forest Shop more than 90 years ago.  Ellen runs it now. And she has always run it to do the most good she possibly can for the community that she loves. Like most smart women in business, she instinctively is a social entrepreneur.

Her annual “Shop Your Cause” is a great example of this.  The shop brings in designers sure to entice and throws a fabulous party honoring leaders at multiple nonprofits.  That night and for days after, the shop donates a % of shopping proceeds to the organizations. You can see this event and others scheduled at the shop here.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill girls night out;  it’s a multi-day, multi-vendor, multi-NFP extravaganza!  This year Ellen even added a “Spanx Party” too.  Who could say no to Spanxing their figure while they support a cause they hold dear? The event details are:

  • October 8 Shop Your Cause Opening Night 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 8-11 SHOP YOUR CAUSE
  • October 8-10 Spanx

Ellen is the seated beauty in Make It Better orange (of course!).  She’s flanked by the honorees representing the beloved NFP’s below.Ellen Stirling with Shop Your Cause NFP Honorees


Lake Forest Symphony Mission;

The Lake Forest Symphony Guild exists to service and raise funds for the Lake Forest Symphony. Shop Your Cause money will go to the Lake Forest Symphony
the new music director” Vladimir Kulenovic 2014-15 season, which will be about growth, expansion, and commitment to artistic quality. The orchestra will present five diverse classical symphonic presentations in the months to come. Opening concerts will be held on September 6th and 7th
Honoree: Mathilda Williams
Mission; The Deer Path Art League strives to spark, nurture, and enhance creativity as well as raise awareness and appreciation for arts in the community.
Lake Forest Preservation Foundation Mission; Lake Forest Preservation Foundation’s mission is to protect the visual character of Lake Forest through a shared commitment to inspire the appreciation of and respect for our vast historic resources.The money raised from Shop Your Cause will be used to educate, advocate and fund the preservation of the city’s historic visual character.Honoree:  Maureen Grinnell

Adeline Morrison

Adeline Morrison, Honoree for Lake County Community Foundation – Shop Your Cause

Ragdale Radale is a nonprofit artists community located on Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate in Lake Forest,Il.
Lake Forest Open Lands Mission; Lake Forest Open Lands Association is dedicated to conserving our natural environment through land acquisition, habitat restoration, environmental education and conservation advocacy.
2014 honorees—Shawn Gore, Kristin McCain and Kristin Ryan
Eco Myths Alliance Mission; EcoMyths uses humor to teach young people about the environment and empower them to live in eco-friendly ways. EcoMyths’ environmental myth-busting articles, cartoons, videos, and radio shows present easy to understand science with wit and without guilt. Their vision is to help make eco-friendly living mainstream and easy.
Honoree: Ellen Stirling
Mission; Bernie’s Book Bank is a non-profit organization that collects, processes and distributes quality new and used children’s books to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
Mission; Since 2003, The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, has partnered with donors to leverage and guide their philanthropy to help transform the lives of the most vulnerable people across our county. Together, we have contributed over $2.5 million to 80 nonprofit organizations that support basic human needs, community development, education and health throughout Lake County.
Honoree names – Mrs. Addie Morrison
Citadel Theatre
Mission; Citadel Theatre is committed to producing powerful works of insight and complexity that illuminate the challenges and joys of the human experience. Dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of professionalism, Citadel seeks to provide both a creative haven for passionate, visionary directors, writers, actors and designers and a home for an audience that seeks to experience the emotional and intellectual richness that the best theatre inspires.