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2017 SOS Gala Breaks Record! Save the Date for 2018.

Some of the Gala's 418 guests socializing and placing their bids for the evening's silent auction.

Some of the Gala's 418 guests socializing and placing their bids for the evening's silent auction.


The March 11, 2017 SOS Gala welcomed 418 guests, 36 sponsors and raised almost $300,000 to aid survivors of domestic violence.

For those who like to plan ahead, the date for the next Sounds of Silence Gala has been set for Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Please mark you calendar!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for helping to make this year's Gala the best ever!!!

Presenting Sponsors:

Chicago Bears, Equity Residential, Nordstrom

Platinum Sponsors:

Alan Oremus, The Sidley Austin Foundation, Northern Trust

Gold Sponsors:

Margaret Jones & Mike Ferro, Kevin & Joanne Krakora, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Exelon, One Way or A Mother, Shook Hardy & Bacon

Silver Sponsors:

Alfred Dinwiddie & Helen Ashford, Allstate Insurance Company, Balyasny Asset Management, Deloitte, DLA Piper LLP, Kristina & Tom Ehrhart, Kate & David Gosse, Harris Winick Harris, iConnect, Inc., KPMG, Sarah & Adam Krauszer, Sophia & Charles Love, Stephanie Love-Patterson & Reginald Patterson, Julie Mehta, The PrivateBank, ReedSmith, Gil Reid & Ryan Endress, Sharon Schmitt, Seyfarth Shaw, David Schulz, UnitedHealthcare, Melissa & Myron Washington, Maggie Zellers & Larry Salus, Gladys & Stan Zolna

Please consider becoming a sponsor, donating to the live and silent auctions, or purchasing tickets for next year's SOS Gala!

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Feldman at (773) 489-9081 or THANK YOU!

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) provides services that are critical to saving lives and breaking the cycle of violence that exist within families. Those who need CAWC’s services are often those with the least resources to draw upon to help them find solutions. CAWC helps survivors of domestic violence by providing emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling and other essential resources to help single women and mothers with children to escape abuse and increase their safety, rebuild their lives and restore their hope. Last year, CAWC’s Greenhouse Shelter provided a safe refuge for 142 adults and 154 children escaping domestic violence. Our 24-hr Hotline received 3,950 calls. CAWC has been providing these lifesaving services for 40 years! 



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*More information on CAWC and its services are available at As a 501c3 agency, sponsorships of this event are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.