Silent Auction

On the evening of our Gala Dinner, a Silent Auction and Raffle will be held to raise funds for our selected not-for-profit organization. This year, as in previous years, our Silent Auction will raise money to help support the Chicago-area based, nationally recognized, award-winning literacy organization Literature for All of Us.

Please consider making a donation to our fundraiser to support this very worthwhile organization. So far, we have received many fine items to be auctioned and raffled off but we can always use more. Items that we would appreciate include:

  • Gift Baskets  (Popular Themes: Chicago, Reading Night, Spa Day, Movie Night, Writers Essentials, Napa Evening, be creative)
  • Critiques of 25 to 50 pages
  • Editing Services
  • Event Tickets
  • Overnight Stays

Please contact Lisa Cahill at if you would like more information about how to make a donation for this special event.

Literature For All of Us

In a small, fluorescent-lit classroom, a group of teen girls listen intently as their classmate shares a poem detailing the struggles she’s faced as a young mother. Down the hall, a group of boys take turns reading aloud from a novel whose story resonates closely with their life experiences. Each year, Literature for All of Us offers a holistic literary program to over 750 participants who face the challenges associated with poverty, gangs, and violence.

Through discussions of culturally relevant books and poetry, these young people find hope, direction and connection to their strengths through professionally led reading and writing circles. They learn that books are their friends and that their own story matters, that their own words matter, that they matter.

 Literature For All of Us is a Chicago Area based organization that holds award-winning literacy and Book Group programs for at-risk teenagers, teen parents and for workforce training programs including Chicago Women in Trades. Please consider making a donation to this very worthy organization that contributes to changing the lives and opening literary doors to underserved participants in the Chicago area.