Evening of Impact: Resilient Together


On behalf of our event Co-Chairs Lauren Pesa and Jamie Davis, we invite you to join us for Resilience’s Evening of Impact on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Galleria Marchetti. We’re looking forward to gathering with our allies, partners, friends, and supporters for a powerful evening of stories and speakers, socializing, music, auctions, raffle prizes, and most importantly, uniting to support survivors. Proceeds of Evening of Impact go towards providing our services, which are 100% free for survivors and their loved ones.

Our theme this year, Resilient Together, honors our community, partners, and supporters who are dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors. It takes every one of us working as a committed, united front to raise awareness, create positive change, and provide the necessary resources for the greater goal of ending sexual violence. Your steadfast support, generosity and engagement help us to prevent sexual violence before it begins and to provide the support necessary to heal those whose lives it has forever changed.  Resilient Together celebrates the combined efforts we all put forth to make a world without sexual violence a reality.



Registration will open July 8.

Early Bird Ticket (ends Friday, August 19):  $150 (includes a raffle ticket)

Individual Ticket: $175 (includes a raffle ticket)


Wednesday, September 22, 2022
6pm – 9:30pm CT
Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St.
Cocktail/business attire

Safety:  Per CDC and the City of Chicago guidelines, masks and vaccinations are encouraged but not required.



The Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the movement to end sexual violence. The award is named in honor of our late founder, Dr. Natalie A. Stephens, who, together with ten medical and nursing students, founded Rape Victim Advocates in 1974. Resilience is honored to celebrate Brenda Tracy at Evening of Impact.

Visionary Award Recipient, Brenda Tracy


Join us for a special and thought-provoking speech from survivor, activist, advocate, lobbyist, nurse, and mother Brenda Tracy during Evening of Impact. Brenda travels the country speaking to university students, athletes, and various organizations to raise awareness regarding sexual violence and to share her story of courage, hope, and resilience.

Learn more about Brenda here.



The silent auction will be live soon!

We will have a collection of amazing items to bid on in our Silent Auction.  Make sure to check the link regularly, as new items will be added regularly!

Please note that you do not need to purchase an Evening of Impact ticket to participate in the silent auction, but you will need to log in or create an account with GiveSmart.



Lauren Pesa and Jamie Davis

Resilience Board President Lauren Pesa and Resilience supporter Jamie Davis are thrilled to serve as Co-Chairs for this year’s Evening of Impact.



For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.


You can donate to the Evening of Impact by clicking here.

Thank you for choosing to support Evening of Impact: Resilient Together. We are so grateful for your support of sexual violence response and prevention services in Chicago, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of this important event.



Every Evening of Impact ticket purchase includes the purchase of one raffle ticket.  Individual raffle tickets are $50 each.  Prizes to be announced soon!



The Evening of Impact is Resilience’s largest annual gathering inviting donors, partners, friends, and allies to celebrate our impact in the lives of survivors and our continued work to create a world free of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Proceeds from the evening go toward supporting Resilience’s programs and services, helping to ensure that survivors and their communities continue to have access to vital resources and a place to heal.


For more information: please contact Amy O’Keeffe, Director of Development.


Lauren Pesa, Co-Chair (Board President)
Jamie Davis, Co-Chair
Lucero Castellanos (Board Member)
Jen Glawe
Sarah King (Associate Board President)
Cindy Koerner
Bobby Manis (Associate Board Member)
Swathi Mothkur (Board Member)
Nicki Schiller (Associate Board Member)
Katherine Stabler
Sarah Wallace (Board Member)



Lauren Pesa, President
Jonathan Center, Vice President
Eugene Halleran, Treasurer
Kate Meyer, Secretary
Lucero Castellanos
Dr. Crystal Clark, MD, MSc
Mark Cohen
Brian Greenberg
Kate Migon
Swathi Mothkur
Sarah Wallace



Jennifer Zale, Chair
Stephanie Brown
Cara Hare
Andrea King
Ashlee Krawczyk
Min Lee
Farrah Malik
Nicki Schiller
Naomi Thornton