Chicagoans rallied to support the Resilience organization during the 15th annual Evening of Impact.
THE PARTY Celebrating 44 years of service to those affected by sexual violence, Resilience hosted its Evening of Impact fundraiser at Morgan Manufacturing. More than 350 guests enjoyed bites from Limelight Catering and tunes from Birds & B-Sides while cheering on the support the group, formerly known as Rape Victim Advocates, provides community members in their times of need. THE PEOPLE This year’s Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award, named for Resilience’s founder, was presented to Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement. Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker was on hand to praise the work of Resilience.
THE PINNACLE After several emotional speeches, including one from former Resilience client and mental health expert Kelley Kitley, attendees raised more than $132,000, ensuring Resilience will be able to continue its mission of healing and empowerment in the wake of sexual assault. -Jaclyn Jermyn
Photos by Soda Fountain Photography