Proud to be a Chez!

This past Saturday was a great day for Illinois, and a proud day for me to be a Chez!  The University of Illinois officially dedicated the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.  My amazing and generous Father in law gifted $6 million dollars to this center to give back to our troops.  He has said, “There is no way we can adequately compensate for the courage and service of our wounded Veterans.  It’s our special opportunity to honor these heroic men and women and their families by helping to provide the services and facilities they require.”

The center will offer Veterans and their families residential accommodations, education, counseling, rehabilitations, career and employment services, and health and life skills management.  Saturdays dedication was a wonderful celebration with inspiring speeches from Governor Bruce Rauner, retired U.S. Veterans, University of Illinois faculty, and of course, my super Father in law!  My husband traveled up state earlier in the week to assist his father in preparations, so I enjoyed a fun car ride up with my sister in law and my niece/mini me/assistant.  My parents attended the dedication as well, to pay their respects to my Chez family.  It was a celebratory day enjoyed with loved ones!


My handsome hubby looking very diplomatic in Dolce and Gabbana, with shoes by Mario Bemer. I am wearing Joie with a vintage Dolce Gabbana clutch.


My loving and wonderfully supportive parents! My Mom pleasantly surprised me with her patent leather nude heels…a tip she learned from my blog! Way to go Mom!


My Father in law’s efforts at the University of Illinois don’t stop with our Veterans. The Chez Family Foundation also offers a Scholarship Program at the University of Illinois, recruiting promising Chicago area public high school students in need of funding for college.  After carefully interviewing potential Scholars, 8-12 impressive students  are granted a Scholarship to the U of I.  This weekend was also a brunch to honor the incoming freshman Scholars and their families. One of my first exposures to the Chez Scholars, was 3 years ago when my now hubby and I were just dating; now we’re married and I love being introduced as Mrs. Chez!

I’m always blown away by how amazing the Scholars are, and it is touching to see my Chez family interact with the students so enthusiastically.  The Scholarship program provides far more than financial support. There’s an emotional connection between the Chez family, as well as a mentoring program for the students, so they can succeed at school. The cohorts, there are 8 so far, are encouraged to interact, to support and encourage each other…I compare their relationships to a Sorority, or Fraternity family vibe. My husband and I had a great time getting to know the new Scholars and their families.

After the brunch we road tripped back to Chicago in time to be cozy on our couch for the Bears game! (which I actually watched and got into!)



Hubby’s outfit from the Trunk Club. I am wearing Ted Baker.


I had a great time chatting with these lovely Chez Scholars!


My niece/partner in crime/assistant…Can you believe she is 12 years old!? So much style and poise.

I always feel so happy and blessed after a weekend spent with family.  Always remember to put family first, and cherish your times spent together.  On that note…go call your mom back!:)

Have a great week everyone!


Julz Chez

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  • Reply Katie Davis October 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    What an amazing cause and get family to be a part of. Sounds like such a special day!! Your style was perfect for the event too!!

    • Reply Katie Davis October 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Oooops- meant great family 🙂

    • Reply Julie Chez October 5, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks sister! xxoo

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