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Welcome to The Village Chicago 13th Annual Benefit Webpage!

Join us for a grand celebration at our Annual Benefit on Friday, September 16 from 5:00-7:30 PM at the DePaul University Holtschneider School of Music, 2330 N. Halsted St (Self-Parking available). You'll meet new friends and connect with old ones while enjoying the songs of Chicago's Porchlight Music Theatre, appetizers and drinks, a raffle, and both a live and silent auction. Enjoy the presentation of our annual Trailblazer Awards to an individual, an organization, and an author. These are leaders in building a fully age-integrated, inclusive society where everyone's strengths are appreciated, respected, and utilized.


You must be vaccinated to attend, and masks will be required in the auditorium during the program and entertainment.

Proceeds benefit the work of The Village Chicago which offers hundreds of programs and services each year to inspire connection, purpose, and well-being for older adults and their families through the power of community.

Unable to join us on September 16? No problem, you can still participate in our online auction, raffle tickets, Fund-a-Need and Sponsorships! Check out our exciting auction items including travel, sports tickets, event packages, and more! Winning bidders must either pick items at The Village Chicago's office or arrange for shipping (shipping and packaging costs are paid by the purchaser).

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Support The Village's Signature Programs

  • Brain Health & Memory Loss
  • Isolation & Loneliness
  • Intergenerational Connection
  • Turn the Page on Age
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Reduced Fee Memberships


We are delighted to feature Broadway tunes performed by the city's award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre at this year's benefit celebration. Through live performance, youth education, and community outreach, Porchlight delights thousands of people each season. It has built a national reputation for boldly reimagining classic musicals, supporting new works and young performers, and showcasing Chicago's most notable music theater artists, all through the intimate and powerful theatrical lens of the "Chicago Style." At the benefit, they'll pay a special tribute to the late Estelle Spector, who was co-chair of this event for many years and very active in other aspects of the Village.

 Learn more about Porchlight Music Theatre here

2022 Trailblazers



Neelum Aggarwal, M.D.

Dr. Neelum Aggarwal is recognized for her decades of research and patient care in brain health, dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Aggarwal was an important part of the team led by Martha Clare Morris at Rush University Medical Center to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of the groundbreaking MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). Her roles have included Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush Medical College and the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center; Director of Research at the Rush Heart Center for Women; and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American Medical Women's Association. 

Jane Addams Senior Caucus

Founded by Ruth Shriman in 1976 to ensure that the voices of older adults would be heard, this multi-racial grassroots organization has made important contributions on issues that affect society at large-affordable housing, retirement security, voter registration, and more. The recent "Senior Safety Ordinance" in Chicago is one example of JASC's work. Their mission "envisions a world where all seniors can age with dignity and safety, free of ageism, racism, and other forms of oppression." Its methods are based on community organizing: crossing neighborhood, racial, religious, generational, and socioeconomic lines to find common ground.

 Dr. Becca Levy

 Dr. Becca Levy is the author of the ground-breaking book, Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live. Through more than two decades of research as Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Dr. Levy and her team have demonstrated that health problems attributed solely to the aging process such as hearing loss and memory loss are in fact influenced by negative age stereotypes and self-perceptions. Her research has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and also played a key role in the World Health Organization Campaign to Combat Ageism.

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The Village Chicago

Holtschneider Music Center

2330 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL, USA

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