WINGS Got Creative for Their Annual Fundraiser, Delivering Guests a ‘Gala in a Bag’

About 400 people gathered virtually for the 20th annual WINGS Purple Tie Ball fundraiser in October.  

Entertaining Company delivered guests a special “Gala in a Bag,” which included dinner, wine, hand sanitizer, chocolates, and a program book. That evening, 80 dinner deliveries were made across the Chicagoland area to participating guests.

WINGS is a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to providing housing, integrated services, education and advocacy for victims of domestic violence. One in three women experience domestic violence every day while one in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Since 1985, WINGS has been a ruthless fighter for people whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.

Guests at the Purple Tie Ball enjoyed music by the band Maggie Speaks and listened to impassioned speeches about the scourge of domestic violence and the ways that WINGS is working to break the cycle. 

“We are overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of the attendees of the Purple Tie Ball,” said Rebecca Darr, President and CEO of WINGS. “Your generosity will support so many families who are escaping domestic violence.”

Dana Kozlov, the event emcee from CBS Chicago, backstage with WINGS crew.

About $325,000 was raised during a donating period from Oct. 3–19. 

The David K. Hill award, given to an outstanding WINGS graduate each year, was presented. Presenting sponsors were Rita and John Canning and lead sponsors were Melissa and Mike Canning, David Herro and Jay Franke, and Jackie and Glenn Tilton. For a full list of sponsors, visit

The funds raised will help support WINGS to provide high-quality facilities, intensive client support, and integrated continuum of housing and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Chicagoland area.

Safe housing, counseling and planning, and a mentoring program are among the many services that WINGS provides its clients.

Photo courtesy of WINGS.

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