Save the Date: Evening of Impact!

Please save the date for Rape Victim Advocates’ (RVA) Evening of Impact, formerly known as Soirée in the City, on Thursday, May 24th from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Morgan Manufacturing!

This year, RVA is standing with the #MeToo movement and honoring founder and activist Tarana Burke, with the Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award. The Visionary Award, named in honor of our founder, recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the issue of sexual violence.

Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for the “me too” movement, helping survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low-income communities, find pathways to healing.

In December of 2017, Tarana, along with other “me too” activists, were chosen as TIME’s Person of the Year for their courage.

We are thrilled to honor Tarana, highlighting her life-saving, history-making work. We look forward to celebrating her incredible contributions to our movement and taking action with event attendees to prevent sexual violence in the first place.

Co-Chaired by Carol Stone and McKaye Whiteside, RVA’s Evening of Impact includes hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and cocktails, a silent auction and trivia wheel with a wide array of experiences and prizes, and the presentation of the Visionary Award to Tarana Burke.

Ways to Get Involved:


  • Early Bird (through March 30th): $150
  • Regular (April 1st): $175

Tickets will go on sale soon!


By choosing to sponsor the 2018 Evening of Impact, you will demonstrate your commitment to a safer Chicago and an end to sexual violence. Benefits of sponsorship include event exposure to more than 350 prominent individuals, publicity through multiple pre-event marketing opportunities and post-event audience impressions, as well as reserved seating at the event. We are happy to work with you to publicize your support of RVA.


  • Presenting: $25,000
  • Luminary: $10,000
  • Benefactor: $5,000
  • S/Hero: $2,500
  • Patron: $1,000

For more information, please contact Jennie van den Boogaard, Director of Development, at