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Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives

Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives
Friday, April 22, 2016
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Danada House
3S501 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189 (view map)


We were thrilled you could join 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 thanked them for their philanthropy.

Bridge Communities was proud to award Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club with the Transforming Lives Award for their dedication to the empowerment of women and children in our community.  Each year HJWC raises critical funds and provides hundreds of volunteer service hours to improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.  Founded in 1949, HJWC has raised more than $2.7 million dollars, all directly funneled back into our local communities.  HJWC has brought joy to Bridge families through their volunteerism and kindness.  Bridge is proud to create the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club Education Endowment Fund, founded through the generosity of HJWC, which will provide counseling, scholarships, tutoring, and an avenue out of homelessness to hundreds of children for years to come. 


Lisa McNeeley came to Bridge Communities in desperate need of housing for her and her two young children. At the time she arrived
, Lisa could not support her son and daughter, ages 14 and 10, while working a part-time minimum wage job and attending school full-time to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Now, after successfully graduating and becoming an occupational therapy assistant, she is following her dream assisting children with disabilities full time, and is now a proud homeowner. Lisa uses her voice and experience with Bridge Communities to inspire hope in others, and we were incredibly proud of Lisa's accomplishments and delighted to award her the Life Transformed Award.     


The event was emceed by Emmy-winning journalist Judy Hsu. An integral part of the ABC 7 news team since 2001, Judy is the co-anchor of ABC 7 Eyewitness News This Morning, at the #1 news station in Chicago. In addition to her anchor responsibilities, Judy hosts a parenting segment on the morning show called "For Your Family." Judy hosted the Sleep Out Saturday rally for Bridge Communities last November, and warmly welcomed supporters of Bridge again at the luncheon. Judy resides in the western suburbs with her husband and four children. 

The featured speaker at the luncheon was author Sally P. Miller. Writer, teacher, and sought-after speaker, she also serves as a hospital chaplain in the western suburbs. Her most recent book, Divine Love: Women Who Have It & How You Can Get It is a collection based on biblical, historic and contemporary women. Sally brought her heartfelt stories of how women had transformed her own life, and shared how women can empower one another.

For more information about our 2016 event, or for details on our 2017 luncheon, please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or chad.pedigo@bridgecommunities.org

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Due to limited seating remaining, tickets for the 2016 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.