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Rev. Teresa 'Ted' Dobbins and Barbara J. Hyler held a gorgeous wedding in Hyde Park Aug. 16, surrounded by friends, family, and community activists.

With bridesmaids and groomswomen, the couple solidified their relationship.

'This day is filled with happiness, and joy is ours to share, with all our friends and relatives, who came because they care,' read a tribute poem the couple gave to guests. 'The prayer we carry in our hearts, of love, and faith, and peace, we give to all of you with hope, that these will never cease.'

Both Ted and Barbara are well-known supporters of many community groups and benefits, especially African American and religious institutions.


Zvi-Dann, the owner of BalloonZ, is to be married Aug, 31 to John A. Fisher, a vice president at Marsh, Inc. Rabbi Justin Jaron Lewis will officiate the intimate ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.

Zvi-Dann, 37, received his bachelors degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. After receiving his diploma, he returned to the Chicago area to open BalloonZ. In business for over 15 years, the company has worked on such events as the World Cup Soccer Games in 1994, and the annual New Year's Eve celebration at Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Zvi-Dann also devotes much company and personal time to community organizations and the arts.

He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Sharlach of Highland Park. His father is retired after 25 years as a vice president and then owner of Funk & Wagnalls.

Fisher, 39, is a vice president at Marsh, Inc., part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, the world's largest insurance administrators. He received a BFA with honors from The University of Illinois at Chicago in communications design. He has worked for Philips BV in the Netherlands and for Apple Computer Europe in West Africa. He returned to the Chicago area in 1994.

He is the son Mr. Gerald John Fisher ( deceased ) and Mrs. Jeanne Waite of Ottawa, Illinois. His mother owns a store there.

Zvi-Dann and Fisher met on a blind date in 1994, which had been arranged by a mutual friend. They soon made their home together and have spent the intervening years traveling and staying involved in Chicago cultural and philanthropic activities.

A local reception will be help Sept. 7 for those friends and family unable to attend in Canada. Amigas Latinas celebrated their 8th anniversary with an art show ( work by Mabel Viner ) , poetry ( Norma, Gabby, Lisa and Carmen ) , dancing ( DJ Wanda ) , food and drinks, all at Las Manos Gallery, in Andersonville.

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