Benefit committee gears up for 'WINGS in Chicago'
Event will raise funds for WINGS Metro, Chicago's first new domestic violence shelter in more than a decade
Sheila King Marketing and Public Relations
On Saturday, September 17, WINGS Program, Inc. will host its second annual benefit to support WINGS Metro, Chicago's first new domestic violence shelter to open in more than 10 years. The benefit committee is gearing up as John and Rita Canning along with The Foglia Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar all sponsorships and ticket sales as part of their $2 million dollar challenge grant. This gives the benefit committee a unique opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence and seeking help at WINGS Metro.
WINGS IN CHICAGO will be a high energy evening featuring a musical duel by Chicago Tonight's political correspondent Paris Schutz and Old Town School of Folk Music guitarist Jon Wall. Chicago's popular Jam band, Mr. Blotto, rounds out the entertainment from the Soundstage for the evening.
Master of Ceremonies Jenniffer Weigel will lead a fund-a-need live auction all to benefit WINGS Metro.
Many of Chicago's favorite iconic food establishments will serve from food stations throughout the studio. Craft beers, Smeraldina waters and wine will be featured at full-service bars.
In February 2016, WINGS, among Illinois' largest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to addressing the epidemic of domestic violence, opened WINGS Metro. Located on Chicago's southwest side, this new safe house and transitional housing for families is the first to open in the city during the last 10 years.
Established in 1985, WINGS now owns and operates an emergency DV safe house in the northwest suburbs, as well as 30 homes and apartments where families who have experienced domestic violence can live for as long as two years. In addition, WINGS programs and services help women and men as well as their children become emotionally and financially independent.
Less the 6 percent of WINGS' operating budget currently is funded by the State of Illinois. WINGS relies primarily on financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Each month, its three resale shops in Arlington Heights, Niles and Schaumburg contribute $100,000 to support its programs and residences. Quality donations to these stores sustain their earned revenue.
For information or to buy tickets at $125 each, call (847) 519-7820, ext. 223 or visit wingsprogram.com.