Step Up’s Shine & Dine – Annual Gala

Support – Step Up Women’s Network. Shine & Dine in Chicago

August 18, 2011
Chicago, IL

Please join Step Up for a chic evening to connect, give back & be full. The premier gala benefiting Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago, Shine & Dine is a chic evening of networking, philanthropy and local fare from Chicago‘s finest restaurants.

Shine & Dine

The night includes a red carpet reception to:

  • Mix with Chicago influencers, professionals and local celebrities
  • Sample delicious tastings from Chicago‘s hottest spots
  • Experience innovative products and services
  • Know you are supporting programs making a difference in Chicago
  • Be so inspired & full you won’t be able to wait until next year!

Honorary Chair

Valerie Warner,
co-host of Windy City LIVE,
ABC 7 Chicago

Host Committee

Monica Canellis, realtor, Koenig & Strey Real Living
Lou Canellis, sports anchor, Fox Chicago News
Donni Case, managing director, Financial Profiles
D.C. Crenshaw, food & lifestyle personality, host of Game Time Dine
Cameron Croft, Founder, C2 Group, LLC

Amalie Drury, contributing writer, Chicago Magazine
Jason Erkes, president, Chicago Sport and Social Club

Cassandra Gaddo, managing editor, Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine
Todd Helmink, VP of corporate business development, Allscripts Healthcare, Inc.
Jonny Imerman, founder/chief mission officer, Imerman Angels

Candace Jordan, Social Blogger, Chicago Now of Chicago Tribune Media Group
Stacy Levy, president, Stacy Levy Creative, Inc.

Kim Lichtenstein, principal and director of public relations, k101 Agency
Peter Marsh, alumni & executive board VP, Chicago Blackhawks
Robert McGhee, vice president, community affairs manager, U.S. Bank

Hon. Stephanie D. Neely, treasurer, City of Chicago

Susanna Negovan, editor-in-chief, Michigan Avenue Magazine
Daphne Ortiz, president, prAlliance
Todd S. Pugh, partner, Breen Pugh & Associates
Marcus Riley, multimedia entertainment reporter, NBCUniversal
Laura Schwartz, speaker and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed

Erica Strama, senior manager, marketing, The Shops at North Bridge
Genevieve Thiers, founder, Sittercity

Julee White, CEO, Testarossa Entertainment

Chicago Board of Directors

  • Christine Kurban, event chair, president & chief marketer, Sync360; co-founder, Belly Vita
  • Megan Wolfe, chair, senior marketing manager, Deloitte
  • Kimberly Adams, vice chair, vice president, JP Morgan Investment Management
  • Betsy Sobiech, vice chair, partner, Tiara, The Exceptional Women’s Coach Program
  • Marianne Llewellyn, treasurer, social media & mobile consulting manager, Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Arla Lach, secretary, senior manager, audit services, Grant Thornton
  • Wendy Betts, vice president – technology manager, Northern Trust
  • Selika Borst, MS RN, assistant director of clinical research, DeNova Research
  • Julie Burgener, counsel – member services, Attorney’s Liability Assurance Society (ALAS, INC.)
  • Shayna Cook, partner/attorney, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Diana Fujimura, marketing manager, Diageo
  • Angela Elbert, chair elect, partner/attorney, NEAL • GERBER • EISENBERG
  • Shari Kathe, partner, McGladrey & Pullen
  • Amy Mahan, HR operations manager, WTAS LLC
  • Anne Mahoney, assistant director of underwriting, Attorney’s Liability Assurance Society (ALAS, INC.)
  • Kathryn McKechnie, president, Crescendo Apparel
  • Catherine Miller, partner/attorney, Freeborn & Peters
  • Annette Winkelman, Midwest region technology leader, Deloitte

Diamond SponsorCiroc Premium Vodka
Gold SponsorsAllstate Insurance Company, Hourglass Cosmetics & Kohler Waters Spas
Media SponsorChicago Magazine

Restaurant Partners


Executive Chef Patrick Quakenbush
-serving Tuna and Shrimp Poke Wonton Crisps-
The Purple Pig

-serving cheese, swine, and wine-
WAVE Restaurant

Executive Chef Kristine Subido

featuring Chef Bruno Abate

Connect. Give Back. Be Full.


About Step Up Women’s Network

Step Up Women’s Network is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls. By bridging communities of professional women and underserved teen girls through mentorship, networking and advancement, we ensure women and girls have the opportunities they need to create a better future.

Galleria Marchetti
825 West Erie Street, Chicago


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