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.

We’d like to send a special thank you to Tarana Burke and Kelley Kitley for a powerful program that created space for reflection and reminded us that we’re stronger together.

Lastly, the night wouldn’t have been complete without our wonderful vendors and in-kind donors. Thank you so much to Beavers DonutsBirds and B-SidesDeep Eddy VodkaEcoWilde Flower Co.Lagunitas Brewing CompanyLimelight CateringRevolution 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.

2018 Sponsors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Catharsis Productions
Carol and David Stone
Elizabeth Beaudin
Chicago Says No More
Eileen Fisher
Beth Kallmyer

Tracie Anderson
The Avery Payne Group
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Christal Henderson
Gibsons Restaurant Group
Grisko LLC
Hogsalt Hospitality Group

Bill and Shannon Kral
JB Pritzker for Governor
Melinda Holland and Michael Costello
MB Financial Bank
Denis Pierce
Ringold Financial Management
Watch Hill Therapy
McKaye Whiteside

Board of Directors

Beth Kallmyer, President
Carol Stone, A.M., LSW, Secretary
Julie Cameron
Bill Kral
Courtney Revis, JD

Tom Andreesen, Vice President
Tracie Anderson
Christal Henderson
Kathryn Meyer

McKaye Whiteside, Treasurer
Anne Biere
Jackie Koesters
Lauren Pesa

For more information, please contact Erin Walton, Executive Director.