Annual Benefit

RSVP for It’s the New Roaring ’20s! September 21, 2021

Place your bids before the auction ends September 20


Join us for our FREE Annual Benefit on Tuesday, September 21 @ 5 PM via Zoom!
Featuring the Annual Trailblazer Awards, Raffle Prizes, Fund-a-Need, and the renowned musical ensemble:


After you RSVP, start the celebration early and:


  1. Join the Host Committee for a $500 or $1000 donation or be an Underwriting Sponsor with a leadership gift starting at $1,500. To make a commitment, just click here.
  2. Bid in the online auction (click here). The auction is now LIVE until it ends on September 20 at 5 PM (CT).
  3. Donate to Fund-A-Need in honor of our Trailblazers. Click here to recognize this year’s Trailblazer recipients for their transformative impact on older adults. Make a gift in their honor to join the fight against exclusion, isolation, and indifference. Your gift will directly support Village programs for health and wellness, memory loss, fulfillment, and connection – regardless of ability to pay.
  4. Invite a friend! The best part about hosting our Annual Benefit via Zoom? Folks can support the Village and join the celebration no matter where they are in the world!

2021 Trailblazer Awards

This award honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement in changing the narrative on aging, embracing age diversity, and advancing the quality of life and well-being of older adults.

From left: A portrait of Tom Kuczmarski, an image of Town Hall Apartments from the street, a portrait of Ashton Applewhite

From left: Tom Kuczmarski, Town Hall Apartments and Ashton Applewhite (image of Ashton Applewhite courtesy of Adrian Buckmaster)

Thank You to Our 2021 Donors!

Grateful thanks to the Underwriting Sponsors and Host Committee members for their thoughtful and generous leadership gifts. Listings as of August 31, 2021.

Underwriting Sponsors

Patricia A. Clickener
David D. Hiller
Tom & Susan Kuczmarski
Angela Lustig & Dale Taylor

Char & Larry Damron
CME Group Foundation
Joan Goldstein
Angie & Marc Levenstein
Terry Savage
Emily & Bob Spoerri
George Toscas – ACO Commercial

Boka Restaurant Group
Alice Brunner
Philip & Marsha Dowd
Deborah & Estia Eichten
Mike Frazen – Mosaic Construction
Judith Gethner
Greatmark Investment Partners
Janet & Alan Lougée
Midwest Financial Advisors Group
Gail Moss
Raymond James
Norman Sandfield
Carol Rosofsky
Norman Sandfield
Karen & Tom Terry
Jan & Tony Walters
Liz Ware & Wally Shah
Pam & Mel Washburn
Ruth Ann & Tom Watkins
Maxine Weintraub
Joyce Winnecke & George Houlihan

Premier Host Committee

Eloise & Tim Barron
Darcy Evon
Reed & Reven Fellars
Nancy Felton-Elkins
Bruce & Anne Hunt
Kathie & Bob Kolodgy
Linda Randall & W.L. Schey
Mary Ann Schwartz & Richard Brewer
Ellen Stone Belic
Dick Sullivan
Elaine & Richard Tinberg
Michael Toomin
John & Marcia Volk
Iris Witkowsky

Host Committee

Laurel Baer & Andy Hiken
Suzanne & David Baker
Judy Carmack Bross
Stefanie Clark
Chuck & Nancy Cooper
Betty Dayron
Tom & Victoria Eley
Marjorie Freed
Glen Gabert & Gregory Ratcliff
Sonia Gethner
Constance Goldberg
Charles S. Hayes
Bob & Dorothy Hernquist
Mary Kemp
Ira Kohlman
Eva & Lynn Maddox
Therese Meike
Michele & Dan Miller
Charlotte & Michael 0Newberger
Don & Nancy Olson
Marcia Opp & Jon Ekdahl
Rush University Medical Center-Rush Generations
Leatrice Berman Sandler & Stephen Sandler
Estelle Spector
Lois & Rick Stuckey
Dirk & Donna Vos
Pam & Doug Walter

Special Thanks

Auction and raffle donors
Kathy Krick, Graphic Design

2021 Event and Auction Planning Committee

Benefit Co-Chair: Judith Gethner
Co-Chair Emeriti: Carol Rosofsky & Estelle Spector
Auction and Sponsorship Co-Chairs: Linda Randall & Ira Kohlman

2021 Benefit Committee Members

Laurel Baer
Judy Carmack Bross
Katherine Eley
Victoria Eley
Darcy Evon
Debby Forman Eichten
Peggy Gelman
Judith Gethner
Jen Hurd
Ira Kohlman
Angie Levenstein
Charlotte Newberger
Diana Phillips
Linda Randall
Biba Roesch
Carol Rosofsky
Estelle Spector
Susan Wakula

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

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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