Skip to main content

Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives

Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives
Friday, April 27, 2018
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Danada House
3S501 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189 (view map)

Thank you for joining us at our annual Spring Luncheon as we celebrated DuPage women's commitment to the community. Their incredible gifts of time, talents and treasure were recognized, as well as their efforts to make our communities a better place for homeless families. Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives honored women with ties to DuPage County, and thank them for their courage and philanthropy.

We were thrilled to welcome back as our emcee Judy Hsu, an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in broadcast news. As an integral part of the ABC 7 news team since 2001, Judy anchors the afternoon ABC 7 Eyewitness News, at the #1 news station in Chicago.  In addition to her anchor responsibilities, Judy hosts “Newsviews,” a long format interview segment that airs on Sunday mornings. Excited to return as emcee, Judy is beloved by Bridge Communities supporters and has even spent an evening in the cold hosting Sleep Out Saturday in 2015. She looks forward to welcoming the important room of compassionate and caring supporters attending the luncheon. Judy resides in the western suburbs with her husband and four children.

Margie Tarpey worked in healthcare for 30 years. After retiring 17 years ago, she was a founding member of Naperville CARES and served as president of the board. Among Margie’s many volunteer efforts are the founding of St Raphael’s Catholic Church St. Vincent De Paul conference, a group providing person-to-person service to those in need of financial assistance; assisting clients at Loaves and Fishes applying for Medicaid, SNAP and Healthcare insurance; and helping to launch Moving UP at Loaves and Fishes, which provides a program for clients who want to learn how to live a financially and emotionally self-sufficient life. We were honored to recognize Margie Tarpey as a woman who is truly transforming lives.

After her difficult divorce in 2004, Lisa Garrow and her children found themselves without a home of their own. But, when she entered Bridge Communities, she began to turn her life around. Her years in Bridge provided safety and security for her family, and allowed them to get back on their feet. And, going through Bridge’s employment programs gave her the confidence to change her career. Through hard work and dedication, what began as an internship with Northwestern Medicine has led to Lisa’s current position of lead clinical recruiter for NM Delnor Hospital. Today, she’s giving back by assisting at Bridge’s employment workshops. Lisa is an inspiration and we were proud to honor her with the Life Transformed Award.  

Transform Lives as a Monarch Society member
With your help, the women of Bridge Communities will be transformed into self-sufficient mothers able to support themselves and their families with a future that looks as bright as a butterfly’s wings. You can make a difference by becoming a member of the Monarch Society, or with a donation of any amount:

$500 provides 20 nights of housing
$100 provides 4 nights of housing
$50 provides 2 nights of housing
$25 provides a family with one night of housing

How many nights can you provide?  A gift of $500 (20 nights) or more qualifies you as a member of the Monarch Society. Donate today and select Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives under "Use my Donation For" to join.

For more information about our 2018 luncheon, please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or

2018 Sponsorship Levels

2018 Sponsor Commitment Form

If you would like to make a donation, please click here. 

Online registration is now closed.

Due to limited seating remaining, tickets for the 2018 Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives Luncheon are no longer available for purchase online. To purchase your seat, please contact Chad Pedigo, Special Event Manager at 630-545-0610 x19. Thank you.