Step Up Women’s Network to Launch Shine & Dine in Chicago

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Windy City Live’s Valerie Warner chairs evening of local fare set for August 18 at Galleria Marchetti.

Step Up Women’s Network will launch its first signature event in Chicago, Shine & Dine, August 18 at Galleria Marchetti. The evening will feature philanthropy and seasonal fare from Chicago's hottest restaurants while welcoming 400 local professionals and notables, all to benefit the charitable programs of Step Up Women’s Network.

Valerie Warner, co-host of Chicago’s newest daytime talk show, Windy City Live, will serve as honorary chair for the inaugural event.

“We are excited to introduce Shine & Dine to our community,” Step Up Managing Director Gina Marotta said. “Step Up has been a fixture in Chicago for five years and this special event is the perfect way to celebrate our work with local women and girls, as well as attract new enthusiasts to our cause.”

Wave Executive Chef Kristine Subido and ZED451 Executive Chef Patrick Quakenbush will be on hand to offer guests exclusive tastings. The Purple Pig will also sample favorites. Featured sips will be available from the event’s Diamond Sponsor, Ciroc.

The event’s host committee includes Monica & Lou Canellis, D.C. Crenshaw, Cameron Croft, Amalie Drury, Cassandra Gaddo, Todd Helmink, Jonny Imerman, Candace Jordan, Stacy Levy, Kim Lichtenstein, Peter Marsh, Robert McGhee, Susanna Negovan, Daphne Ortiz, Todd S. Pugh, Marcus Riley, Laura Schwartz, Erica Strama, Genevieve Thiers and Julee White.

In addition to Diamond Sponsor Ciroc, sponsors include Allstate Insurance Company; Kohler Waters Spas; Freeborn & Peters LLP; Angela Elbert of Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP; Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms; Deloitte; Grant Thornton; McCormack Schreiber Legal Search; McGladrey;; MRL Productions; and media partner Chicago magazine.

Step Up Women’s Network is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls. By bridging communities of professional women and underserved teen girls through mentorship, networking and advancement, we ensure women and girls have the opportunities they need to create a better future. Connect at

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