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Keeping Dreams Alive Gala

May 4 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join South Suburban Family Shelter for an evening of dinner, silent auction and live entertainment as we celebrate our continued commitment to keeping dreams alive for families impacted by domestic violence.

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Cocktails – 5:30 PM
Gourmet Dinner Stations – 6:30 PM
Music presented by Vintage Postcard
Silent auction, Heads or Tails, Raffles, Ring Toss

South Suburban Family Shelter’s Annual Keeping Dreams Alive gala will transport you to that whimsical forest while you help keep dreams alive for our clients working to heal from the impact of domestic violence in their lives. On May 4, 2019, SSFS will host an evening of dinner, silent auction and live entertainment as we celebrate our continued commitment to keeping dreams alive for families.

We are excited to announce this years Keeping Dreams Alive Award recipients:
Marilyn Kellum will be presented the 2019 Velton Lacefield Memorial Award. A former client of SSFS, Marilyn keeps dreams alive for people impacted by domestic violence as an energetic and dedicated advocate. Marilyn’s advocacy includes running the Bank of Chicago Marathon every year with the Run DV Out of Town team, publicly sharing her personal story of living with domestic violence, and speaking and even singing at SSFS Candlelight Vigil events.

The Velton Lacefield Memorial Award was established to honor the life and service of Velton Lacefield, an educator who served on the SSFS Board of Directors. Lacefield worked tirelessly in her devotion to “shining a light on domestic violence.” Tragically, she was murdered on Aug. 2, 2005, by her husband in a murder-suicide. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment to changing the world for victims of domestic violence.

The Dawn Brancheau Foundation will receive the Community Champion Award to honor the organization’s commitment to the SSFS Sanctuary program. This award was established to honor groups and organizations that have worked within the community to advocate for SSFS, not only for domestic violence awareness but also for financial and legislative concerns. Groups and organizations are chosen based on their commitment to advocacy and their involvement with SSFS. Sanctuary staff member Folashade Samuels stated “The Dawn Brancheau Foundation shows compassion, service and commitment to the staff and families at Sanctuary. When families need outings, the children are in need or families leave the foundation is always to the rescue! They are always lending their resources to supply Sanctuary with support. We are forever grateful to the team of Dawn Brancheau Foundation.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Keeping Dreams Alive Sponsor $10,000
  • Change Maker Sponsor $5,000
  • Visionary Sponsor $3,500
  • Star Gazer Sponsor $2,000
  • Shooting Star Sponsor $1,000
  • Dream Catcher Sponsor $750
  • Sparkling Sponsor $500
  • Sweet Dreams Sponsor $250

Please click here for sponsorship levels information, and to Support South Suburban Family Shelter.


May 4
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Olympia Fields Country Club
2800 Country Club Dr.
Olympia Fields, IL 60461 United States
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