4th Annual Luminary Award Dinner

Join us in recognizing Kristie Paskvan for her outstanding contributions to our city’s children, and for lighting the path toward hope and healing. Proceeds from the annual Luminary Award Dinner bolster ChicagoCAC’s efforts to prevent child sexual abuse and help children and families heal. Click to learn more.

Join us in recognizing Kristie Paskvan for her outstanding contributions to our city’s children, and for lighting the path toward hope and healing. Proceeds from the annual Luminary Award Dinner bolster ChicagoCAC’s efforts to prevent child sexual abuse and help children and families heal.

Luminary Award Dinner 2017

THANK YOU to our friends at KPMG for their donation of hundreds of books to the children we serve! The books were donated through KPMG’s Family for Literacy program in honor of Amy Rule, our 2016 Luminary, and… Read More

Luminary Award Dinner in Chicago Splash

View photos of Luminary Award Dinner in Chicago Splash, our print media sponsor for the event!

Luminary Award Dinner 2016

Luminary Award Dinner Silent Auction

Bidding is open on ChicagoCAC’s Luminary Award Dinner silent auction! Whether you’re attending the event or not, you can bid on our unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences right from your computer. Plus, you can set a maximum bid on each item so you don’t have to check your bids all night.

Bid now at www.BidPal.net/luminary! Bidding closes at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

Bidding is open on ChicagoCAC’s Luminary Award Dinner silent auction! Whether you’re attending the event or not, you can bid on our unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences right from your computer. Plus, you can set a maximum bid on each… Read More

ChicagoCAC’s Luminary Award Dinner to honor Chicago First Lady Amy Rule

Event to raise awareness and funds to address child sexual and physical abuse 

(Chicago – April 21, 2016) Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will hold its second annual Luminary Award Dinner at the Union League Club on Thursday, May 12. This year’s event will honor Chicago’s First Lady Amy Rule, a tireless advocate on behalf of children’s safety and welfare causes and a strong supporter of ChicagoCAC.

“Through her role as our first lady and as a committed parent and Chicagoan, Amy Rule has shown strong support to prevent child sexual abuse and ensure that children who need help get our city’s full support to heal,” said ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette. “Her leadership in our community, her support of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and her advocacy for children’s health and wellbeing make her a true luminary in our great city.” 

The fundraising event – co-chaired by Sheila McGinn Dorman, COO of Northern Trust Securities, and Mara Walsh – will feature a reception with a silent auction, seated dinner and program. The inaugural event in 2015 sold out, drawing 400 corporate, civic and political leaders, as well as long-time friends of ChicagoCAC. The event is expected to sell out again this year, with high level sponsorship from BMO Harris Bank, ComEd, Exelon, GCM Grosvenor, Mesirow Financial and Boeing. 

A special call for support at the Luminary Award Dinner will benefit the center’s Growing & Giving campaign. Launched in 2014 to leverage the city’s $9 million dollar TIF investment, the campaign’s goal is to raise an additional $2.5 million in private contributions to support prevention programs and enable the center to expand critical education and services for children and families healing from abuse. To date, the campaign has raised more than $900,000. Other proceeds from the event benefit ChicagoCAC’s family advocacy, forensic interviews, therapy and other vital services for children and families. 

“Freedom from abuse and exploitation is a basic human right, and it’s a privilege for me to be involved in the work the center does for the children in our community,” said Dorman. “They give a voice to the voiceless and provide a safe haven, treatment and hope for these kids. Our goal is to prevent child sexual abuse and help victims heal.”

About:

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) and its partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse, as well as reports of physical abuse of children under 3 years old. As part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, ChicagoCAC’s teams investigate alleged abuse, conduct forensic interviews, provide family advocacy, reduce trauma and identify resources so that children and families may begin the healing process.  All of the center’s services are free of charge. Since opening its doors in 2001, ChicagoCAC has served more than 30,000 children and families. Learn more at ChicagoCAC.org 

Event to raise awareness and funds to address child sexual and physical abuse  (Chicago – April 21, 2016) Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will hold its second annual Luminary Award Dinner at the Union League Club on Thursday,… Read More

Save the Date: Luminary Award Dinner

Save the date for our second annual Luminary Award Dinner on Thursday, May 12 at Union League Club of Chicago. We will honor Amy Rule, First Lady of Chicago, for her contributions to our city’s children and for lighting the path toward hope and healing. We hope to see you there!

Luminary Award Dinner in the news

ChicagoCAC 2014 Luminary Award Honorees
Our Luminary Award Dinner has made a splash in local news! The fundraiser was featured in both IOnTheScene and Candid Candace, highlighting the Chicago community leaders and other supporters in attendance. We’re thrilled to have such strong recognition of the event, the important work our teams do at ChicagoCAC, and our honorees, the Burkes. View full event photos here.

ChicagoCAC 2014 Luminary Award Honorees

Our Luminary Award Dinner has made a splash in local news! The fundraiser was featured in both IOnTheScene and Candid Candace, highlighting the Chicago community leaders and other supporters in attendance. We’re thrilled to have such strong recognition… Read More

ChicagoCAC Luminary Award Dinner Photos

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, supporters joined ChicagoCAC for the inaugural Luminary Award Dinner, raising funds for the center and honoring Alderman Edward M. Burke and Justice Anne M. Burke for their efforts to light the path toward hope and healing for children and families. Learn more.

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, supporters joined ChicagoCAC for the inaugural Luminary Award Dinner, raising funds for the center and honoring Alderman Edward M. Burke and Justice Anne M. Burke for their efforts to light the path toward… Read More