Thank you for making this year's Ndajee the best yet!

For 15 years, this event has enabled Chicagoans to thoughtfully engage in a global movement and this year's benefit was the largest yet! We had over 240 guests in attendance, had to the largest number of auction items and raised the most money ever! In fact, thanks to you - our incredible WGEP family - we have raised $166,280 and counting! We'd like to extend our immense gratitude to everyone who joined us, made a gift, donated an auction item and lent us your talent and time for the evening.

Thank you for helping us ensure that the most hard-to-reach girls receive the resources they need to get an education and be equipped with the confidence to make their own healthy life decisions.

Meet Our Honoree, Julie Stagliano!

This year, we were thrilled to honor longtime supporter, friend and our very own WGEP Board Member, Julie Stagliano, for her incredible commitment to our work. From organizing house parties, to hosting program staff in her own home, to traveling to Senegal to work with our local partners, Julie has helped WGEP grow in every imaginable way.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

PhD Sponsors
Lucy & Peter Ascoli
John Kulczycki
Manaaki Foundation
Sarah Miyata & Stephen Weber

University Sponsors
Moller Family Foundation
Marie & Jorge Olmos

High School Sponsors
Axxum Consulting
Lynn Besser
April & Paul Donnellan
Friedman Law Group
K&L Gates LLP
Leinenweber Baroni & Daffada LLC
K&L Gates LLP
Amanda & Chris Miller
Florence & Igor Playner
Polly & Ken Rattner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Middle School Sponsors
Mimi Frankel
Nancy Juda & Jens Brasch
Suzanne and Daniel Kanter
Jennifer Kenoian
Pascale & Thomas Kichler
Norma Maglio
Teenie Matlock & Paul Maglio
Sarah McCarthy & Diarmaid Collins
Aimee & Joe Mills
Michele Moore & Family
Joan & Bruce Sherman
Adele Simmons

Elementary Sponsors
Daniel Casey & Dolores Connolly

Host Sponsors
Alyssa F. Wright Consulting
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Byline Bank
Deana & Christopher Herrman
Jim Mutchnik
Thomas Rhodenbaugh
Linda Schurman & Glenn Gerber
Julie Stagliano
Bill Taylor
WGEP Young Professionals Board

Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors!

Alyssa F. Wright Consulting
Andeana Hats
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Wolves
Chill Meditation + Massage Yoga
Diane Ciral
City Winery
Clear Perspective Advisors
Divadend Shoes
Dovetail Brewery
Glimmer Hair Salon
Mariam Huss
Jeni's Ice Cream
Joe Mills Art
offrey Ballet
John Hayley's Unbreakable Fitness
Kane County Cougars
Lou Malnati's
Lula Cafe
Lynfred Winery

Lynn Besser

MacDaddy Salon

Museum of Contemporary Art

Nature Yoga

Mary Jane Neumann

New Robozo Restaurant

North Pond

Oceanique Restaurant

Ready for Yoga

Rivers Casino

Ryan's Rub


Second City

Diana Shea

Jenny Shepherd

Sugar Beet Food Co-op

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse

The Field Museum


Vie Restaurant

Waldorf Astoria

Diane G. Wilson, LCPC, BCN

Wines For Humanity

World Centric

Check out the photos from our 2019 event below! Special thanks to Lauren Wieczorek at Every Nothing Studios and Oriane Playner for capturing the evening!