The Village Chicago's
10th Anniversary Benefit Recap
June 8, 2019
Dear Friends,
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 10th Anniversary Benefit a huge success by setting new attendance and fundraising records! The event attracted 398 attendees and raised $140,017 to date in net revenues that will directly support membership services and program initiatives, including an expanded Memory Loss program.

We could not have accomplished this amazing feat without our dedicated volunteers, donors, host committee, sponsors, partners, supporters, friends and members. Benefit co-chairs Estelle Spector and Carol Rosofsky were joined by Auction co-chairs Judy Bross and Charlotte Newberger and a whole team of volunteers who were energized, organized and delivered flawlessly with direction from our volunteer coordinator, Angie Levenstein. Jonathan Miller did a fabulous job as our emcee and auctioneer.

Special thanks are due to our friends and partners at the Holtschneider Performance Center at the DePaul School of Music; Chartwells offered terrific food beautifully presented. Our attendees engaged in delightful conversations as they visited with members, bid on silent auction items, bought raffle tickets, made many new friends and listened to a world-class concert.

Our Founders were honored on stage with much fanfare and gratitude for building the foundation for a thriving organization. Rachel Barton Pine and Sylvia Pine gave a glorious and memorable performance.

Below are the images from Tuesday’s benefit – enjoy!

Cheers to the next 10 years at the Village Chicago!

Warm regards,

Darcy Evon
The Village Chicago Celebrates Ten Years!
By all accounts, the Village’s 10th anniversary celebration and benefit on June 4 was an unprecedented success. The Holtschneider Performance Center at DePaul University's Music School was a perfect venue for socializing, bidding on auction items and for listening to glorious music.
From left: Darcy Evon (Village CEO), Kathie Kolodgy (Board President), and founding members of the Village, Marjorie Freed, Judy Spock, Jim Zartman, Kathy Zartman, and Dianne Campbell (Founding Executive Director)
The Good News: A Record-Breaking Net Revenue $140,000 Raised to Support the Work of The Village Chicago!
The Village is proud and pleased to have the support and friendship of so many supporters, which allowed us to set these new records: 

  • Attendance: 398 guests
  • Host Committee revenues: $29,250
  • Underwriting Sponsor revenues: $25,500
  • Fund-A-Need donations: $46,175
Guests warming up to bid in the live auction -- and donate to Fund-A-Need
The Village is building capacity for members and their families who are living with memory loss and related programs. As always, The Village has a plan which includes offering important educational programs and services presented with premiere community organizations, including CJE SeniorLife, Chicago Methodist Senior Services, Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, The Alzheimer’s Association, UIC, Artis Senior Living, Belmont Village and others.

And the Village stands ready to do what we do best so that no one with memory loss - nor their care partners – nor families should ever feel alone, or unsure, or lose that life-giving connection to the wider community. 
Village members Anne and Bruce Hunt
Village members Anne and Bruce Hunt talked about their experiences after Anne’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Bruce concluded their remarks by saying “I’m glad that the Village is developing more programs for families and individuals experiencing memory loss - where others will find as we have, a caring community with resources and support – with acceptance and understanding, and where we can be just Bruce and Anne.” 

The Fund-A-Need fundraising kicked off with a generous challenge grant from Village members Pat Clickener, Bob and Kathie Kolodgy, Tom and Susan Kuczmarski, and Tom and Ruth Ann Watkins, raising $46,175 to support innovate programs for members such as support for those living with memory loss.
An Evening of Gratitude, Generosity and Joy
Kathie Zartman speaking on behalf of the Village's founding members
One of the most moving moments of the evening was a ceremony recognizing and thanking those who founded the Village in 2009. Board President Kathie Kolodgy read a resolution ( click here to read) of appreciation to Kathy and Jim Zartman, Judy Spock, Marjorie Freed and Dianne Campbell to which the audience responded with a standing ovation. The late Michael Spock and Harvey Freed were also cited for their pioneering work on establishing the Village Chicago.
Rachel Barton Pine (left) performing with her daughter, Sylvia (right)
The evening’s high point was a performance by the remarkable Rachel Barton Pine. Ms. Pine introduced each piece with great depth of knowledge, insight and humor; her playing was nothing short of magical. Ms. Pine also performed some duets with her gifted 7-year old daughter Sylvia Pine. The performances were unforgettable.
Thank You to One and All
This happy and successful evening was made possible by so many people:

  • The planning committee co-chaired by Estelle Spector and Carol Rosofsky

  • The auction committee was co-chaired by Judy Bross and Charlotte Newberger; they worked tirelessly to create the fabulous auction

  • Those that contributed unique and desirable items to the auction

  • Our great band of volunteers who sold raffle tickets and attended to all of the details of the member experience

  • Angie Levenstein, who served as the the benefit volunteer coordinator for the 9th year in a row, and recruited, organized and deployed our many volunteers

  • Jonathan Miller, for enthusiastically leading our live auction

  • The office team who made the entire event run smoothly

  • All of our friends and supporters in the community

Gratitude and thanks to you all!
From left: Village members Judy Bross, Marcia Opp, and Pat Clickener.
You Are Invited to Get to Know the Village
If you attended the anniversary celebration, you saw that we know how to have fun, and also have a sense of how warm and welcoming the Village community is. Please join us at a gathering to learn more about all that the Village has to offer, meet some Village members and staff, and find out what Village life is about. Both gatherings will be held at the homes of Village members.
Coffee and Donuts
Monday, June 17
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Hosts: Pam and Mel Washburn
(Lakeview and Fullerton)
Wine and Cheese
Thursday, June 20
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Host: Laurel Baer
(Dickens and Racine)
Space is limited - please reserve a spot by calling the Village office at 773.248.8700. We hope to see you there!
Photo Parade
Enjoy this selection of photos from Tuesday evening's benefit. To view the full gallery of images, click here!
Guests placing their bids in the silent auction; and Village founding members honored.
From left: member Don Bell; Theresa Snyder, from Village sponsor CityWide SuperSlow, and member Bunny Snyder.
Village members Dan and Michele Miller.
From left: members Chris Hackney and Dorothy French; and Fund-Development Coordinator, Yoon Tae Chong and volunteer Jody Chong.
From left: member Lenore Glanz and Sarah Brunner, the Village's Director of Engagement & Operations; members Lynn Hazan and Leatrice Berman.
Volunteer Avi Newman and Bridging Generations board member Liz Metzger.
From left: Village Bridging Generations board members Hari Nair, Emily Baum; and Ageless Innovator's Program Manager, Avery Stone Fish.
From left: member Joan Goldstein and guest; and member and benefit co-chair Carol Rosofsky.
From left: member Larry Damron with guests; member Estelle Spector with guests.
Jonathan Miller warms up the audience before taking bids during the live auction.
From left: Rachel and Sylvia pose for a photo; and guest David Hiller and Village CEO Darcy Evon head home with a prize from the silent auction.
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Village members are part of an inclusive, intergenerational community, connected to others and to the resources that support growth and well-being as we navigate longevity together.

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Village Sponsors
Leadership of The Village Chicago
Board of Directors
Kathleen Kologdy,
Nancy Felton-Elkins,
Vice President
Beth Burn Joosten,
Vice President
Alan T. Lougée,
Vice President 
Joan Goldstein,
Karen Terry,
Richard W. Sullivan,
Ruth Ann Watkins,
Immediate Past President
David E. Baker
Donald M. Bell
Judy Carmack Bross
Patricia Clickener
Charles G. Cooper
John Craib-Cox
Thomas C. Eley III
Hollis Hines
Bruce Hunt
Ira Kohlman
Angie Levenstein
Gail C. Moss
Leatrice Berman Sandler
Bob Spoerri
Melville Washburn
Advisory Council
Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD
Robyn L. Golden, LCSW
Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD
Mary Ann Smith
Darcy L. Evon
The “new longevity” means that later life can span 30 years or more. Whether we’re working, retired or farther along on our journey, we all seek well-being, to be valued and to contribute. The Village Chicago is an inclusive membership community of people 50+ that provides services, expertise, social connection, engagement, volunteer opportunities and health/well-being resources - all to support members’ growth and quality of life, keeping us connected to each other, our communities and the city as we navigate longevity together.

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