Archive of ‘Must Attend’ category

Cupcakes and Condoms Is Heading Your Way

Last month, Red Pump announced that we are bringing Cupcakes and Condoms to ten cities this fall. The first stop will be in St. Louis on August 20th and will be hosted by yours truly!

For those unfamiliar with Cupcakes and Condoms, it is our sweet spin on an educational townhall. We create a safe space for women and teen girls to get information about HIV/STIs, hear from a panel of women’s health advocates, and ask plenty of questions. Oh, and yes, there are desserts.

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Real Women Give Tickets on Sale Now!

Hey, folks! Tickets to the Real Women Give Launch breakfast are now on sale. Whoo hoo. For the details, check out the invite below or visit the event page . To keep this event intimate and to allow for attendees to interact and learn from one another, the number of tickets is limited.

Feel free to spread the word. See you in a few weeks!


P.S. Did you miss the announcement? Find out what I’m talking about here.

Calling All Chicago Divas and Angels…

Sarah and I at Last Year's Event

Chicago event and PR maven Sarah Vargo knows a thing or two about amazing women Each month, she’s hosts her “Divas” event recognizing women in the culinary arts, entertainment, writing, and more. Each December, she rolls out the red carpet for Chicago women involved in philanthropy and yours truly is (once again) one of the honorees.

If you’re free this Thursday (12/1) from 6-9p, please join me and my fellow honorees at J Bar (610 N. Rush). Having been to a few of these, it is a perfect atmosphere to do some networking, chat with old friends, and learn about some great organizations.

There are twenty-five angels being recognized, including the ladies below…

Estrella Rosenberg – Founder and Executive Director of Big Love Little Hearts

Jessica George – President of The Aparecio Foundation

Jessica Stacy – Director of Development at Charity4LIFE

Lillian S. Harris – Founder & President of Advocates for Adolescent Mothers

Carol Gall – Executive Director of Mental Health America of Illinois

To learn more about the event, check out the Facebook page. Hope to see some of you there!


Design*Sponge Book Tour to Benefit Local Charities

Such a pretty cover!

Although I’ve never decorated a single post-college apartment of mine, I love reading interior design blogs and magazines and dreaming of all the cool things I could do with my space. One of my favorite sites, Design*Sponge, recently published a book and is embarking on a Fall/Winter 2011 cross-country book tour stopping in 30 cities. The fun part about the tour is that the events will combine crafts and charity. In each city, a local arts charity will be selected to benefit from the craft fees and donations.

This totally sounds like fun and I’m looking forward to Design*Sponge’s visit to Chicago on October 11-12, especially since my birthday is the 12th! #teamlibra

To check out the tour schedule and get more details on the book, visit


Fleuranthropy with August Bloom Florals [Event]

Damage to Garfield Park Conservatory (

The ladies of August Bloom Haute Floral Design are celebrating their second anniversary with a philanthropic fleuranthropic (how clever!) bash to help repair the historic Garfield Park Conservatory (GPC). GPC was damaged during a hailstorm that rolled through Chicago on June 30th. As a result, half of the display houses are currently closed to the public and all ten of the greenhouses were severely damaged. I visited GPC for the first time and was seriously in awe. Their botanical collection is out of this world, so hearing about the damage is a real bummer. The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is currently seeking donations to repair the GPC and August Bloom has decided to join those efforts.

“A Conservation of Time” will be held on Thursday, August 25th at the Zhou B. Art Center (1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago). During the event, August Bloom will unveil their new floral art collection, “Timeless,” inspired by legendary musicians who have created timeless music. Guests will enjoy cocktails, live music, and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

August Bloom has created some beautiful arrangements for Red Pump and many others people/businesses/organizations. You have to go check out their website and/or Facebook page and view some of their creations. Absolutely Beautiful.


Looking Forward to BLU at the Shedd!

A summer visit to the Shedd!

The Shedd Aquarium is my favorite place in Chicago. If you didn’t know that, there’s a pretty good chance that we’re not as close as you think. When I turned 17, my mom let me take the day off from school (shh…) and she took me to the Shedd Aquarium per my request. I live for their discounted admission days and do at least one “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” event each summer. It’s a beautiful place and I love seeing all the cool animals that live there.

Having said all of this, I was extremely excited when the Aquarium invited me to attend BLU, the Shedd’s annual aquatic soirée for the young philanthropist crowd. The event is happening on next Saturday at 7p and it looks like the committee has rolled out all the stops.

Guests at Shedd’s fifth annual fete will be treated to a front row seat for a great fireworks show over Lake Michigan, along with a delightful spread of cocktails and fine foods from many of Chicago’s best restaurants. Local performers will be on hand to entertain the crowd, while they light up at the up-close view of the luminescent jellies in the Shedd’s special exhibit, “Jellies.” Tickets start at $130 and proceeds benefit Shedd’s education and conservation initiatives.

I can’t wait to attend the event and show you all the photos. If you’re looking for additional details, click here.


Red Pump Launches “In Her Shoes” Girl Talks

National HIV Testing Day will be recognized across the country on Monday, June 27th. The National Association of People with AIDS founded the day in 1995 to promote the importance of HIV testing and encourage action. To commemorate the day, Red Pump is teaming up with Beyond Care, Inc to rollout “In Her Shoes,” a mother-daughter girl talk session designed to encourage open dialogue around risky behaviors and the significance of making healthy lifestyle decisions.

Aside from sharing HIV facts and prevention information, the program really centers on the important impact that women adult figures have on the lives on young women. As we prep for the program, we are asking women to donate red pumps with a positive message related to self-esteem and self-worth to pass along to the ladies. At the conclusion of the program, the young ladies are asked to create a positive message that they would share with their future daughters. We want to create an environment where the daughters are not only receiving words of encouragement but learning how to give it.

If you are a mother/aunt/godmother/grandmother to a teen girl between the ages of 12-17 and located in the Chicago area, we’d love to have you join us! The event is FREE, lunch will be provided, and we will be doing HIV testing on-site. Specific details are below:

Date: Saturday, June 25th from 12-3p

Location: Inner City Health Center (2150 S. Canalport, Chicago)

RSVP: Email

If you know someone who will benefit from this session, please pass the word! To keep the session as interactive as possible, we only have slots allotted for 20 teen-adult pairs, so sign up soon!

One People, One History, One Future [Event]

My friend, Arionne, is one of those women that you meet and instantly fall in love (and admiration) with. She is a business woman, a supermom, the founder of TWO nonprofits, the editor of Urban Shake Magazine, and a complete sweetheart. In addition to everything else that she has going on, she has organized the inaugural Urban Shake Magazine Awards, “One People, One History, One Future.”

The awards will recognize young adults in Chicago who are working to make a difference in communities here and everywhere, and will benefit the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. The Pullman Porter Museum represents an important piece of Chicago history and African-American history. The facility is named after men who made history – Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement.

I am honored to accept the “Selfless Service” award on behalf of The Red Pump Project, and am looking forward to meeting many of the other honorees including Tiffany Davis (Bad Girls Club), Dave Jeff (PHLI Worldwide), and Chicago aldermanic candidate Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Thank you, Ari, for thinking of me!

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at! If you’re in Chicago, I encourage you to attend. Regardless of your location, head on over to Urban Shake and check out the articles. Great stuff indeed!


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Bloomies’ “Fashionable Fundraiser” + Bar AIDS Chicago [Event]

Okay, gals and gents…I’m super late on this post but that’s the kind of day I’ve been having! Anyways, this post is dedicated to my Chicagoans.

TODAY until 9p: Bloomingdale’s (900 N. Michigan) is hosting their “Fashionable Fundraiser” event today in support of amFAR. Shoppers can enjoy special deals and exclusives storewide all day. Bloommingdale’s has pledged to donate up to $75,000 to amFAR, a global organization that contributes significantly to HIV/AIDS research.

TODAY (after work until the last bar closes): Over 35 Chicago bars and lounges are participating in Bar AIDS tonight. Stop by any one of these spots to drink, donate, learn more about HIV and to enter into a raffle. Last year, Red Pump served as ambassadors and posted up at a bar in Wicker Park. Very fun! Some of my favorite spots are participating so take a look at the list and go get your sip on while supporting the programs of Edge Alliance!


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