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Spark Ventures’ Annual Fall Gala


Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6-9pm


The Ivy Room
12 E. Ohio St., Chicago


Celebrating Spark Ventures’ work to empower future leaders in Zambia, Nicaragua and Mexico.

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Event Co-Chairs: Constance Benrud & Kathy Wolf


Seated Dinner    •    Live Auction


Immediately following the program, Spark Ventures invites you to stay for an afterparty in the Ivy Room Lounge. Cash bar available.

Tickets for this event are no longer on sale


You can see how much fun we had on our digital photo album here!

This year’s event theme is MAKING CONNECTIONS.


Spark Ventures recognizes that everyone in the room has a different Spark story. Maybe you’ve been coming to our events every year because you align with our mission. Maybe you know one of our board members. Or maybe you’ve had the chance to meet our partners first-hand on one of our impact-travel signature experiences. No matter how you arrived at the Fall Gala, we all have a connection to leaders, learners, & supporters around the world. It is that connection that originally “sparked” our mission and continues its growth today.


Join the conversation and connect with philanthropic world-changers.

Special Thanks to our Event Committee

Constance Benrud

Jeff Breaden

Michael Campbell

Julie Cook

Kevin Cook

Arnold Duijzer

Jasna Karamehmedovic

Jennifer Kim

Julie Tafel Klaus

Lisa Madonia

Alyson Marguerat

Kelly McLaughlin

Andrea Moonsammy

Cassie Wade

Kathy Wolf



Interested in sponsoring our Fall Gala?

Contact Gwyn Thomas ( for more info or follow the link below.