Over 350 donors, partners, friends, and allies joined us to celebrate our impact in the lives of survivors and our continued work to create a world free of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. This year, we honored Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement and social justice activist, with the Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award.
The event was wonderful and we’re so thankful for the unwavering commitment our community continuously shows us. Because of you, we were able to raise over $136,000 to continue working towards our vision of a world where prevention efforts and global awareness of sexual violence expose rape myths, remove stigmas, eliminate rape, and support all people as equal members of society.
Lastly, the night wouldn’t have been complete without our wonderful vendors and in-kind donors. Thank you so much to Beavers Donuts, Birds and B-Sides, Deep Eddy Vodka, EcoWilde Flower Co., Lagunitas Brewing Company, Limelight Catering, Revolution Brewing, and Spin-Spun.
Photos are posted on our Facebook page. Photo credit goes to Sally O’Donnell Photography and Mysi Grubbe from Soda Fountain Photography.
Thank YOU again for joining us and we hope to see you next year!
Visionary Award: Tarana Burke
RVA is standing with the #MeToo movement and honoring founder and activist Tarana Burke, with the Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award. The Visionary Award, named in honor of our founder, recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the fight to end sexual violence. Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for the “me too” movement, helping survivors, particularly young women of color from low-income communities, find pathways to healing. In December of 2017, Tarana, along with other “me too” activists, were chosen as TIME’s Person of the Year for their courage.
Featured Speaker: Kelley Kitley
Kelley Kitley is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault as a random act of violence on the streets of Chicago. After the attack, Kelley arrived to the Emergency Room where an advocate from RVA met her. She comforted and guided her through the initial trauma and connected her to therapeutic services to begin treatment. For this, Kelley is forever grateful. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been inspiring others to heal for the past fifteen years. She now owns Serendipitous Psychotherapy, LLC on The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Kelley is a sought after international women’s mental health expert and author of an autobiography of survival, ‘MY self’ and has appeared in over 100 publications, podcasts, live news, and radio including WGN, NBC, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Self, Shape, and as a columnist for Fitness Magazine, Recovery Connection, and Thrive Global. Kelley has shared her experience, strength, and hope on national media outlets such as Dr. Oz and as a TEDx speaker.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Carol and David Stone
Chicago Says No More
The Avery Payne Group
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Gibsons Restaurant Group
Hogsalt Hospitality Group
Bill and Shannon Kral
JB Pritzker for Governor
Melinda Holland and Michael Costello
MB Financial Bank
Ringold Financial Management
Watch Hill Therapy
Board of Directors
Beth Kallmyer, President
Carol Stone, A.M., LSW, Secretary
Courtney Revis, JD
Tom Andreesen, Vice President
McKaye Whiteside, Treasurer