NAPW Chicago, IL Chapter Hosted ‘Cocktails for a Cause’ Event in August to Benefit Primo Center for Women & Children

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National Association of Professional Women Chicago, IL Local Chapter held a successful fundraiser for the local nonprofit organization in August and announced upcoming visit by Star Jones in October.

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We were so excited to be able to help the Primo Center for Women and Children in the wonderful work they do by raising over $250 from our ‘Cocktails for a Cause’ event.

Members and guests of the NAPW Chicago, IL Local Chapter gathered on August 12th for a professional networking meeting at the Ivy Hotel.

The group of professional women hosted ‘Cocktails for a Cause,’ a fundraising event that benefited the Primo Center for Women and Children.

In addition to Shelly Cooper, a representative from the nonprofit, a special guest appearance was made by Josina Morita, a candidate for a seat on the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in the Illinois 2014 Democratic primary in March.

Plans were also set for exciting, upcoming Chapter events including a visit from the organization's spokesperson, Star Jones on October 9th.

Attendees were welcomed to the fundraising and networking event by Megan Wessels, President of the Chicago Local Chapter.

She opened the meeting by introducing Shelly Cooper from the Primo Center for Women and Children.

“We were so excited to be able to help the Primo Center for Women and Children in the wonderful work they do by raising over $250 from our ‘Cocktails for a Cause’ event,” said President Wessels.

Ms. Cooper thanked the Chapter for their generosity.

She explained the mission of the Primo Center for Women and Children, which is to empower women and children to become productive, responsible and independent members of their communities. This is accomplished by providing transitional housing, counseling and support services to homeless women and their children.

The Center also supports mothers in their education and training efforts to find and retain employment.

Josina Morita made a special guest appearance. She is running for a seat on the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in the IL March 2014 Democratic primary.

“If elected, Josina Morita will be the first Asian American woman in office in the U.S. A big win for women who are Leaning In!” said the Chapter President.

President Wessels made a number of announcements about some exciting plans for the Chapter including: a Chicago Chapter ‘Lean In Circle’ as represented by Sheryl Sandberg’s popular book, Lean In; the formation of groups within the Chicago Chapter for members to network within their industry; a Sisterhood Mentoring Program to help the younger generation of women succeed and a Chicago Chapter Newsletter.

There are a number of upcoming Chicago Chapter events including themed workshops and a holiday ‘Cocktails for a Cause’ fundraiser.

The Chapter President also made an announcement about an exciting guest who will be visiting the Chapter next month.

“I am thrilled to inform you all that Star Jones, NAPW’s National Spokesperson, will be our special guest at the October 9th meeting,” said President Wessels. “It should be an exciting time, so be sure to mark your calendars!”

Upcoming Chicago Chapter Events:
Chapter Workshop: The Relationship Adventure
Friday, September 20th from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Chapter Meeting: New Member Orientation 4 with Special Guest, Star Jones
Wednesday, October 9th from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Location: 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago - Fifth Third Bank Auditorium on the 32nd floor
RSVP link will be sent out at the end of August

Chapter Workshop: Building Your Brand
Tuesday, October 29th from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Location: 435 W Erie St 24th floor Chicago - Rooftop Hospitality Room

Chapter Workshop: Holiday Dinner Party Ideas (Cooking Demo)
Saturday, November 9th from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Lincoln Park Whole Foods (Lifestyle Center Classroom)

Chapter Presents Holiday ‘Cocktails for a Cause’
Thursday, December 5th from 5:30 to 8:30pm
Location: Gallery Bar - 738 N. Clark Street, Chicago

The Chicago Chapter mission is to connect and empower Chicago Chapter women by providing educational and social networking events while also giving back to our community. We are a sisterhood of women who bring value to each other.

Members in attendance: Adena Washington, Christina Giordano, Christine Hunt, Deanne Benos, Jocelyn Weinzimmer, Megan Wessels, Nidhi Srivastava, Peggy Mikros, Robin Schaltz, Tara Raha and Vivian Joy Lamadrid.

Guests: Alice Foy, Brian Wemthal, Carol Carcione, Corey Ufberg, Diana Maciejczyk, Dragana Glumac, Gwendolyn Loyd, Joan Pavalon, Josina Morita, Karen Giambalvo, Mail Gupta, Molly Susman, Monique Moon, Sarah Banas, Shelly Cooper andTina Alilvere.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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