DuPagePads invites the community to 18th annual Taste of Hope

Tickets are now available for the 18th annual Taste of Hope on Thursday, Feb. 29.

As DuPagePads continues to assist record numbers of people experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, support, and a pathway to housing they invite caring people across our community to bring needed help and hope to Pads’ clients by participating in their signature evening of dining and philanthropy, the Taste of Hope!

Guests are invited to dine and delight while learning more about DuPagePads current work to end homelessness. It will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

Samplings of signature dishes from elite restaurants and caterers across the area will be provided with beer and wine from Alter Brewing and Aspen Lane Wine Company.

Co-chaired by DuPagePads board directors Tami Weir and Mary Morrissey of Naperville, the Taste of Hope also gives guests the opportunity to participate in fun raffles, wine pulls, and silent auction packages via mobile bidding.

A brief program also features updates on DuPagePads Interim Housing Center, mission successes, a personal testimony from a client in housing, and a live auction filled with a variety of trips and experiences.

For Taste of Hope details, online auction bidding, or a list of participating restaurants, visit Some of the featured restaurants and caterers include: Alter Brewing + Kitchen, Belgio's Catering, Che Figata, CityGate Grille, Dark Horse Grill & Catering, DeEtta's Bakery, Devon Seafood + Steak, Ditka's, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse- Oak Brook, Glen Prairie, and Meson Sabika.

“I am super excited for this year’s Taste of Hope and so grateful to our restaurant partners, sponsors and planning committee for making this event possible," said April Redzic, president and CEO. "The Taste of Hope is so aptly named because it's bringing hope, a warm meal, and safe place to sleep to the 200 adults and 105 children who are our interim housing guests, as well as the 329 people whom we've helped move into an apartment of their own this year!

“Last year’s event raised the last private dollars we needed to get appliances and materials for our IHC kitchen construction, and this year's event will help us renovate our rooms to make them cleaner and more functional for the families who are staying with us each night."

Individual dinner tickets are available for $125 per person or tables of 10 for $1,000 per table with early bird pricing. Room capacity is limited to 500 guests.

Businesses committed to help to end homelessness in our community by sponsoring the Taste of Hope include Cage Civil Engineering, FT Cares, Schulte & Cleland Wealth Management Group, BMO Financial, Wheaton Bank & Trust/Wintrust, Old Second National Bank, DRF Water Heating Solutions, Aspen Lane Wine Company, C&C Power, Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Chicago Title Land Trust, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Investment Property Exchange Services, Inc (IPX1031), Ocean Network Express, Villa Park Office Equipment, Richards Graphic Communication, Tuk Tuk Naperville, IntentGen Financial Partners, STG Divorce Law, GreenState Credit Union, Alter Brewing, Essendant, Lisle Savings Bank, DynaCom Management Inc., Heartland Bank & Trust, and Huck Bouma.

Remaining sponsorship, advertising, restaurant, and auction item donation opportunities for local businesses and restaurants may be available on a limited basis. For more information, contact Carrie Flick by calling (630) 480-4186 or

Recognizing 39 years of service, DuPagePads is the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County. DuPagePads’ solution to ending homelessness is housing, coupled with support services and employment to restore hope and transform lives. The administration office is located at 601 W. Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187. Additional information can be obtained by contacting DuPagePads at (630) 682-3846 or at

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