Clearbrook Friends Looking for More Volunteers, Ideas

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Byline: Alysia Tate Daily Herald Staff Writer

It all started with a group of mostly Arlington Heights women who met for Sunday brunch.

More than 30 years later, the Friends of Clearbrook Center for the Handicapped are throwing $45,000 bashes to benefit people with developmental disabilities from throughout the Northwest suburbs.

And longtime members hope recent efforts to attract new additions to the group will help the organization do even more.

"We'd like some new blood, some new ideas," says member Patti Jostes of Arlington Heights.

Not that she's complaining about the ideas the group has had so far.

Most of the members of the Friends have siblings, children or loved ones who are Clearbrook clients. Others join just because they want to try to make a difference, according to Janet Lattof, president of the group,

All their activities benefit the Rolling Meadows-based Clearbrook, which serves more than 650 people in about two dozen suburban residences.

For instance, the group's annual dinner dance - tentatively scheduled for Feb. …