What We Do

 

Leading Ladies Luncheon

Each April, we host our annual Leading Ladies Luncheon to celebrate women who are making a positive impact through their work in business, education, health, and community outreach. To kick off the festivities, we begin with our Exclusive Leading Ladies Panel – a unique VIP event in which four invited leading ladies of the community discuss how they lead with the help of inspirational stories and behind-the-scenes insight.

Afterwards, our regular programming begins with a Kentucky Derby themed luncheon, with all attendees sporting their best derby hats and dresses. Guests can expect a powerful keynote address from an inspiring leading lady, an award ceremony for community leaders & corporate partners, and a lively fashion show featuring the latest styles and trends for spring.

This special event is created in collaboration with Daisie Partners, which benefits our upcoming Mother’s Day Makeover to be held in May.

Mother’s Day Makeovers

Each May, we provide roughly 300 deserving mothers, who have overcome many of life’s obstacles, with a much needed opportunity to relax, recharge, and receive a bit of pampering with the help of our generous sponsors and volunteers. Every woman in attendance receives a complete day of beauty, including hair styling, eyebrow shaping, and full makeup. In addition, all participants are invited to capture their transformational makeover with a quick photoshoot for professional headshots. Think of it as the community expressing our gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work these mothers do every day, for both their families and others.

In the past, even ABC7 Chicago has gotten involved with spreading the word about this special celebration of mothers and women. You can view their wonderful segment of our event here:

http://abc7chicago.com/family/chicago-moms-get-early-mothers-day-surprise/1969827/

And for a more detailed look, browse these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG43O7w0VIs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfavtDc649s

 

Holiday Outreach

Each December, with the help of Daisie Partners, we surprise students and faculty at an underserved school for grades Pre-K through 8th grade with a holiday celebration and other random acts of kindness. In the past, we have provided over 1200 students with unique surprises, a visit from Santa, and a truckload of presents, including winter accessories and exciting new toys.

In addition, each year we surprise faculty and staff with a holiday luncheon to show our gratitude for their hard work and commitment to not only education, but also to the often overlooked and challenging communities which they have chosen to serve. To see highlights from last year’s event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=629EEpv6gc