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20th Annual Virtual Purple Tie Ball

October 3, 2020 - October 19, 2020

Thank You for supporting WINGS first ever virtual Purple Tie Ball!!
Our 2020 Virtual Purple Tie Ball was a great success – and so much fun! Because of YOUR generosity and support, we were able to come together in a unique way for an evening to support victims of domestic violence. Thank you to our event emcee, Dana Kozlov from CBS 2 Chicago for bringing fun and excitement to our program.
As of today, the event has raised more than $325,000…with donations continuing to arrive. The most important thank you of all goes out to each of YOU, the donors. Thank you for tuning in, for believing in us, and for putting our families first. Together, our efforts will bring hope and freedom to our families for a life free from domestic violence.
If you couldn’t join us for our first ever virtual Purple Tie Ball, and missed the inspiring stories from our board member and graduates and special performance by Maggie Speaks, you can watch our entire program here.
Even though our event was virtual this year, we wanted to find a way to connect and appreciate our amazing supporters! Our event committee came up with a beautiful “Gala in a Bag” which included dinner, wine, chocolates, printed program, hand sanitizer and custom napkins. We are so grateful to Entertaining Company for making 80 deliveries on the day of event so that our generous supporters could celebrate with us from home! We want to thank all of our amazing silent auction donors for helping us to create a fun and lively silent auction! And thank you to Post Meridian Studios for producing our virtual event program.

A Special Thank You to our chef partners who provided dinner to our top sponsors:

Chef Laura Piper – One North Kitchen and Bar, Stock and Ledger, 70 Eats, and The Glenview House.
Chef Stephanie Izard – Goat Group Catering
Chef Ziya and Chef Aaron – Port Edward Restaurant
Chef Didier Durand – Marchesa Chicago

For questions, please contact Nikki at

Click here to watch the event virtual program.

Click here to view our digital program book.

WINGS is extremely grateful for the support of the sponsors who gave generously:

Presenting Sponsors
Rita and John Canning

Lead Sponsors
Melissa and Mike Canning
David Herro and Jay Franke
Jackie and Glenn Tilton

Gold Sponsors
Cumberland Chapels
Kimberly Duchossois
Paula and Peter Fasseas
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Express Employment Professionals,
Douglas Automotive
and Pivotal Talent Search

Silver Sponsors
Dawn and Matt Baumann
BMO Harris Bank
Mary Jo Boler
Jess and Tim Canning
Derick Dermatology
Diane Hill
The Beaubien Family
Northwest Community Healthcare
Katy and Jeffrey Podjasek
Jami and Steve Podjasek
Frances and Chris Renk
Pam Zunker Myerson and Bob Zunker

Angel Sponsors
Altair Advisers
Suzie and Roger Bassi – The Bassi Family Fund
Janet Boyle and her Family Law Solutions, PC
Rebecca and Joe Darr/Laura and Scott Maier
Debbie and Robert Herst
Darla Swango and Julius Harang
Anne Pramaggiore and Michael Harrington
Harper College
Martie and Jim Lennon
Middleby Corporation
Tammy and Vic Micelli
NFL Foundation
Laura and John Podjasek
Amy Rule and Rahm Emanuel
Lisa and Thomas Sodeika
Robin and Mark Tebbe
Marilyn and David Vitale





October 3, 2020
October 19, 2020