Bridge Communities hosts 14th annual spring luncheon May 17

Bridge Communities’ “Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives” is a beloved and highly anticipated spring luncheon to be held at Mesón Sabika on Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy a welcome reception, a gourmet luncheon, and a moving program that recognizes and honors community changemakers and a Bridge graduate who exemplifies all that is possible through the Bridge program. A young adult whose family was in the Bridge program will also share their inspiring story.

Hosted by ABC 7’s Judy Hsu, the event will recognize Assistance League Chicagoland West and Michelle Lufrano for their remarkable contributions to the community.

Transforming Lives Award

Assistance League Chicagoland West has been transforming lives and strengthening community since 1935. Each year, their 400-plus members volunteer thousands of hours and touch the lives of thousands of residents in need across DuPage and western Cook counties.

Their philanthropic programs support education and self-reliance, while fostering a connection and belonging focusing on improving childhood literacy, increasing school engagement, and encouraging post-high school education. They provide enrichment for families, along with opportunities, clothing and gifts for children and youth through their Operation School Bell.

Life Transformed Award

When Michelle Lufrano and her three children lost their home due to divorce, they found Bridge Communities. She was provided the time to figure out what next steps she needed to improve the future for her family. Her hard work has paid off, and she will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing this year. Her children are thriving in their schools and extracurricular activities.

The whole family is working hard to achieve their goals and the future is bright. Lufrano is passionate about sharing the Bridge mission and grateful for the support she received while she rebuilt her family’s lives.

All donations at the event will be matched up to $20,000 thanks to the matching sponsor, Duly Health and Care’s Charitable Fund.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Bridge Communities website,

VIP tickets, which include a gift and bubbly, are $100 or $1,000 for a table of 10.

General tickets are $75 or $750 for a table of 10.

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