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Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives
Friday, April 25, 2014
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
3S501 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189 (view map)
Join us at our annual Spring Luncheon as we celebrate the resilience and courage of women in the DuPage community. Their incredible gifts of time, talents and treasure will be recognized, as well as their efforts to make our communities a better place for homeless families.
Bridge welcomes Kelly Standing of Standing Media, LLC as the event's keynote speaker. Happy to be alive, Kelly has been struck by lightning, hanged from a tree, hit by a car, and almost bled to death after a bout of peritonitis. Despite several brushes with death, she has an incredibly optimistic outlook. Following her first brush with death, her father convinced Kelly that she was the luckiest little girl on the block--not in spite of the fact that it happened, but because it happened. No one seems more deserving of the name Standing than Kelly, and she appropriately authored a book, “I’m Still Standing: How One Woman's Brushes with Death Taught Her How To Live."
Passionate about helping others, Palma Aikins is a mentor for homeless families and a volunteer at Naperville CARES. Palma also started a St. Vincent DePaul Society chapter at her church which is now a major enterprise. She also founded the Naperville Chapter of 100 Women Who Care, an organization that boasts over 100 members and has distributed over $100,000 since its inception in 2009. In her “spare time” Palma and her dog Maggie visit patients together at Edward Hospital as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy program. We are thrilled and honored to award Palma Aikins the Transforming Lives Award.
Rock bottom came when Isabel Alecia’s 8-year-old son held her face in his hands and said, “I don’t want you to die, Mommy!” Isabel checked herself into drug rehab, and after a 16-month recovery period, she had nowhere to go. She was accepted into the Bridge program, enrolled at COD and became an RN. “These past 12 years have been an awesome experience, and I would not have changed them for anything,” said Isabel. She loves to teach the families of her patients how to care for their loved ones and counts each new day as an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. We are so proud of Isabel and thrilled to award her the Life Transformed Award.
Reservations for Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives are now being accepted for the luncheon at $50 per individual, and tables of 10 can be reserved for $500.
For more information about the event please contact Jennie Gates at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please consider purchasing an ad for the program book. It is a wonderful opportunity to honor our speaker and award honorees and show your support to the women in our Program. For details, please contact Jennie Gates at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or email@example.com.
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