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Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives

Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives
Friday, April 26, 2019
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 honors women with ties to DuPage County, and thanks them for their courage and philanthropy.

In 1989, Becky Beilfuss learned about Greater DuPage MYM (now known as Teen Parent Connection), an organization supporting teenage mothers and their children. A teen mother herself, she began volunteering to support young women who were now beginning their own parenting journey.  Becky has volunteered and worked with Teen Parent Connection for nearly three decades, creating a brighter future for thousands of young adults. She now serves as Executive Director. Becky has received several humanitarian awards, and also serves as co-chair of the Healthy Families Illinois Policy and Advocacy Committee and on the Executive Committee of Healthy Families Illinois. We are thrilled to honor her with the Transforming Lives Award.

Six years ago, Nydia Rivera Paterkiewicz was staying in a women’s shelter with her three daughters after fleeing domestic abuse. But once they were welcomed into Bridge Communities, they began to rebuild their lives. While in the program, Nydia completed her associate’s degree, worked with the employment team and found a fantastic job, and healed from the traumas of homelessness. Today, Nydia and her new husband Steve are proud to be homeowners, and give back to Bridge Communities through advocating for homeless families, fostering the pets of families in the Bridge program, and hiring Bridge clients to work in their family business. We are honored to recognize Nydia 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 2 weeks of housing
$100 provides 3 nights of housing
$70 provides 2 nights of housing
$35 provides a family with one night of housing

How many nights can you provide?  A gift of $500 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 2019 luncheon, please contact Margo Matthew at (630) 403-5091, or

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Monarch Society

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