Annual Benefit

Save the Date: It’s the New Roaring ’20s! September 21, 2021


Plans are underway for a grand celebration at our Annual Benefit on Tuesday, September 21 from 5-6:15 PM on Zoom. Our gala event will feature our Trailblazer Awards, raffle prizes, entertainment, and will be preceded by an exciting Online Auction that will run from Tuesday, September 14 through Monday, September 20.
There are more announcements and surprises to come, but you can help start this party right now!


  1. Join the Host Committee for a $500 or $1000 donation or be an Underwriting Sponsor with a leadership gift starting at $1,500. If you sign up by July 15, you will be listed in the event invitation and you will inspire others to give! To make a commitment, just click here.
  2. Help us identify companies, organizations and people who might support our Annual Benefit and Online Auction. We have special prizes for those who help us secure sponsorships! Tell your friends and favorite businesses that The Village Chicago is a powerful voice and rich resource for older adults.
  3. Save the Date for the online auction kick-off cocktail party which will be both in person and on Zoom, Tuesday, September 14, 5–7 PM.
  4. Donate upscale items for the auction. We’re assembling an irresistible array of jewelry, art and art objects, vacation homes, cottage, experiences, airline miles, fine libations, rare wines and more. And don’t forget gift certificates from your local businesses–gyms, spas, salons, yoga, Zumba, restaurants, shops, theaters, bowling alleys.


To donate, click here to fill out an auction donation form – or send an email to Susan Wakula at

See the Recap Below of Our 2020 Annaul Benefit, Zooming Ahead: No Stopping Us Now!

Thank You to Our 2020 Donors!

Grateful thanks to the Underwriting Sponsors and Host Committee members for their thoughtful and generous leadership gifts. Listings as of September 29, 2020.

Underwriting Sponsors

Patricia A. Clickener
David D. Hiller
Tom & Susan Kuczmarski
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Dale Taylor & Angela Lustig

Chuck & Nancy Cooper
Nancy Felton-Elkins
Joan Goldstein
Alan & Janet Lougee
Dick Sullivan
Tom & Ruth Ann Watkins

Philip & Marsha Dowd
Deborah & Estia Eichten
Mike Frazin & Mosaic Construction
Glen Gabert & Gregory Ratcliff
Judith Gethner
Greatmark Investment Partners
Angie & Marc Levenstein
Midwest Financial Advisors Group
Raymond James
Carol Rosofsky
Wally Shah & Liz Ware
Tom & Karen Terry
Jan & Tony Walters
Mel & Pam Washburn
Joyce Winnecke & George Houlihan

Fund-A-Need Donors

Doris & Harvey Adelstein
Laurel Baer & Andy Hiken
Susanne & David Baker
Bud & Michelle Baldwin
Eloise & Tim Barron
Carole & Charles Barthel
George Edmund Bradfield
Dianne & Tom Campbell
Lynne & Fairbank Carpenter
Kristine Cichowski
Stefanie Clark
Pat Clickener
Charles & Nancy Cooper
Jane Curry
Larry & Char Damron
Sandra Danforth
Nina Donnelley
Philip & Marsha Dowd
Edward & Susan Dunphy
Tom & Victoria Eley
Darcy Evon
Gerald & Edith Falk
Susan Foster
Niki Fox
Irene Frye
Peggy Gelman
Sonia Gethner
Doris Gilbert
Dan & Patti Gillespie
Winnie Godfrey
Joan Goldstein
Roger Halligan
David Hiller
Pat Holliday & Peg Matsko
Ruth Hornaday
Bruce & Anne Hunt
Dottie Jeffries
Clara Kaplan
Sharon Kase
Kathie & Bob Kolodgy
Angie & Marc Levenstein
Mary Lewis
Rick & Marie Lloyd
Alan and Janet Lougee
Dale Taylor & Angela Lustig
Therese Meike
Lynn Metz
Liz Metzger
Michele & Dan Miller
Phyllis Mitzen
Maureen Mooney
Mary O’Donnell
Marcia Opp & Jon Ekdahl
Beth & Dale Primer
Gilli Quarterman
Carol Rosofsky
RRF Foundation for Aging
Marcia Slater Johnson
Stephen & Leatrice Sandler
Mary Ann Schwartz & Dick Brewer
Melaine & Robert Stephens
Avery Stone Fish
Sharon Silverman & David Zimberhoff
Rick & Lois Stuckey
Dick Sullivan
Rita Sussman
Karen & Tom Terry
Wendell Toland
Richard Vitkus & Leslie Ann Allison
John & Marcia Volk
Sheila & Eike Waltz
Mel & Pam Washburn
Tom & Ruth Ann Watkins
Magnes Welsh

Host Committee

Eloise & Tim Barron
Ellen Stone Belic
Noelle Brock & Tom Keim
Brookdale Lake Shore Drive
Judy Carmack Bross
Philip & Marsha Dowd
Darcy Evon
Reven Fellars
Bob & Kathie Kolodgy
Gail Moss
Marcia Opp & Jon Ekdahl
Mary Ann Schwartz & Dick Brewer
Dick Sullivan
Elaine & Richard Tinberg

ACO Commercial
Real Estate
Laurel Baer & Andy Hiken
David & Susanne Baker
Lynn Barr & Marv Rudman
John Buenz
Stefanie Clark
John Craib-Cox
Betty Dayron
Salli Eley
Tom & Victoria Eley
Marjorie Freed
Sonia Gethner
Constance Goldberg
Bob & Dorothy Hernquist
Bruce & Ann Hunt
Sharon Kase
Ira Kohlman
The Margo Levin
Family Fund
Mary Lewis
Eric Mayer
Bill Lowe and Chicago Methodist Senior Services
Eva & Lynn Maddox
Don & Nancy Olson
Gilli Quarterman
Hon. Michele Smith & Leigh Weber
Linda Randall & William A. Schey
Norman Sandfield
Stephen Sandler & Leatrice Berman Sandler
Robert & Emily Spoerri
Rick & Lois Stuckey
Wendall Toland
John & Marcia Volk
Dirk & Donna Vos
Pam & Doug Walters
Iris Witkosky

In-Kind Donors

Boka Restaurant Group, Chef Beau’s Klean Kitchen, Chicago Innovation Foundation, Marilyn Cohen, ComEd – An Exelon Company, Nancy & Charles Cooper, Darcy Evon, Fitness Cubed, Inc., George The Salon, Judith Gethner, Glessner House, David Hiller, Iris Trends, Ira Kohlman, Lois Lambert, Lettuce Entertain You, Angie & Marc Levenstein, Paula Levy, Jo Lief, Therese Meike, Linda Randall, Lizz Randall, Renewal Care, Biba Roesch, Carol Rosofsky, Judith Roth, Joshua Silverman, Sister Arts, Kay Smith, Karen & Tom Terry, Susan Wakula, Ruth Ann & Tom Watkins, Maxine Weintraub, Magnes Welsh, Wine Donors: The Village Board of Directors

Special Thanks

We acknowledge with gratitude those who help make the benefit and auction possible:
Auction and raffle donors
DePaul University
Kathy Krick, Mulitmedia Design
Steve Rosofsky, Benefit Producer
Pam Williams, Entertainment Producer, Lyric Opera Stage Artists

2020 Event and Auction Planning Committee

Benefit Co-Chairs: Carol Rosofsky and Estelle Spector
Auction and Sponsorship Co-Chairs: Linda Randall and Judith Gethner

2020 Benefit Committee Members

Gretchen Althen + Laurel Baer + Judy Bross + Darcy Evon + Debby Forman Eichten + Peggy Gelman + Jen Hurd + Heather Johnson + Louie Kaplan + Angie Levenstein + Rosalie Meyers + Charlotte Newberger + Diana Philips + Biba Roesch + Leatrice Berman + Susan Wakula


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The Village Chicago’s 2021 Annual Benefit at a glance:
Online Auction September 14-20

2021 Annual Benefit, Tuesday, September 21, 5 – 6:15 PM, via Zoom


  • Presentation of the 2021 Trailblazer Awards
  • A performance by Chicago Sinfonietta
  • Raffle drawings for valuable prizes
  • Fund-A-Need
  • Post-event socializing via Zoom rooms