Save the Date!

Our annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, will be on Thursday June 1, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the beautiful Morgan Manufacturing venue in Chicago’s West Loop, 401 N. Morgan Street. 300 urban professionals will gather in support of Rape Victim Advocates. Guests will enjoy our expansive silent auction and compelling program, which includes our inspirational Fund Our Mission. Snag your early bird ticket today by making a $125 donation to our NO MORE Challenge fundraising campaign.

Soirée in the City 2016

Last year’s event brought over 350 Rape Victim Advocates’ supporters. Over $167,000 was raised for RVA, which made this event the most successful in RVA’s history. The money raised ensures that RVA can continue to provide its services at no charge to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. Chaired by Julie Cameron, RVA Board member, this year’s revenue was an impressive 59% higher than last year’s proceeds, which is particularly important in a year when the Illinois budget crisis has continued to devastate services across the city and state. Thirty five corporations and individuals sponsored the event including the Henderson family, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Catharsis Productions, Consolidated Trading, the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, Mesirow Financial and Protiviti. The media sponsor was Chicago Women magazine.

Guests enjoyed delicious food from Inspired Catering and Events and beer donated by Lagunitas Brewing, while actively bidding on almost 90 silent auction packages. DJ Karen from Toast & Jam provided the music and this year’s emcee was Dorothy Tucker, CBS2 Chicago. A spirited Fund-A-Need (paddle raise) led by Mary Morten, Morten Group, raised almost $53,000 in a matter of minutes.

RVA honored Kristie Paskvan, founder of Chicago Says No More and Chief Financial Officer of Mesirow Financial, with the Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award. This award was named for RVA’s founder and recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the issue of sexual violence in Chicago and beyond.

During the program, a testimonial from a survivor and her husband inspired everyone with how RVA helped them to heal from her assault.

2016 Sponsors

Luminary $5000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL
Catharsis Productions
Consolidated Trading
Christal Henderson
Mesirow Financial
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Champion $2500
Melinda Holland and Michael Costello
Arin Reeves
Sarah Whitlock
Hero/ine $1500
Susan Burke
Beth Kallmyer
Pierce & Associates

Supporter $500
Aaron’s Apothecary
Joy Airaudi
Andrea Bauer
Shauna Boliker and David Andrews
C+R Research Services, Inc.
Eileen Fisher
Neena Hemmady
Bill & Shannon Kral
The Majmudar Family
Deb Price
Nabeela Rasheed
Revis Family Law
Nicholas Rudauskas
Julia & Dan Schmidt
Sidley Austin LLP

Ways to Get Involved


Rape Victim Advocates offers sponsorships that include event attendance, recognition at the event and more. A sponsor at any level receives seating. Our sponsorships range from $500 – $10,000. Your generous support through a sponsorship enables RVA to continue to provide programs and services to sexual assault survivors free of charge. By purchasing a sponsorship, you will

  • emphasize your brand to event attendees
  • show your commitment to an organization that has served sexual assault survivors for 42 years
  • gain exposure for your company through widespread media coverage

Silent Auction

RVA is fortunate to have an expansive silent auction that includes a variety of price points. Some high-demand items include

  • Special dining experiences
  • Week-end getaways – local or national
  • Travel throughout the United States
  • Sports tickets
  • Theater tickets
  • Distinctive liquor
  • Popular electronic items

Interested in supporting RVA by donating items for our Soiree in the City 2017 Silent Auction?  Download the silent auction donation form here.

Fund Our Mission

Fund Our Mission is a special opportunity to make an impact on the lives of survivors of sexual violence. Each dollar raised through this part of the program goes to ensure that we can continue to offer services free of charge to survivors and their loved ones, including 24-hour crisis response to our 14 partner hospitals, legal advocacy, counseling, support groups and more. Can’t make it to the Soirée? You can still Fund Our Mission without being present at the event.