Harvey M. Silets Memorial Scholarship Benefit

Saturday, June 29, 2013 

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

125 Arrowhead Lane

North Barrington, IL 60010

Free shuttle service is available. Please visit www.trainlady.com for parking directions.

This year, Huff & Puff Industries' Garden Walk and Model Railroad Display will be for the benefit of the Harvey M. Silets Memorial Scholarship Fund at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

A cash donation of $10.00 per adult and $2.00 per child (under 12) is requested for admission.

Come and enjoy the Gardens, the Garden Railway, and the private Harvey M. Silets Memorial O Scale Railroad Museum. All proceeds will benefit the Harvey M. Silets Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial assistance to deserving young artists to attend Interlochen Arts Camp.

Click here to support the Harvey M. Silets Memorial Scholarship Fund with an online gift.


About Harvey M. Silets

Harvey M. Silets was a champion at the Bar and of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Interlochen held a very special place for him and he enthusiastically supported the institution as an international model for arts education.  His life’s focus centered not only on the law and the arts, but also included his love and understanding of nature, especially among the trees he so carefully cultivated in his garden, as well as his fascination with toy trains and Model Railroads.

During an illustrious legal career spanning over five decades, Mr. Silets served as President of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association as well as President of the Federal Bar Association of Chicago.  Mr. Silets was elected by his peers to be a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, where he served as Chairman of the Federal Criminal Procedures Committee for the country, and also was past Illinois State Chairman.  He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten litigators in the United States.  Mr. Silets was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 500, as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and as a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.  At the time of his death, Mr. Silets was the only lawyer in the United States to be elected to all four Colleges and Boards concurrently.  An honor of which he was most proud was that for many years he presented an annual address at the International Symposium on Economic Crime about pertinent legal issues of interest to international bankers, government officials and financial organizations from around the world at Jesus College, Cambridge University, in England.

His lifelong love of the arts, model trains, and Interlochen Center for the Arts were well known.  His wife, Elaine Gordon Silets, an internationally renowned designer and manufacturer of Model Railroads and Miniature Garden Railways (affectionately known as “The Train Lady”), as well as their three children, H. L., Jonathan and Alexandra, all attended Interlochen.  Together, Mr. and Mrs. Silets established a scholarship fund in memory of their son, Jonathan.  Their eldest grandson will attend Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

*If you would like to make an unrestricted donation to the Interlochen Fund, which provides financial assistance to both Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy students, click here.