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Wine 2024






Join us in person to learn about Spark & support our work.
Bring your friends!

Thursday, April 11, 2024
5:30 PM – 10:30 PM


The Arbory
2219 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Limited street parking is available, please consider
using a rideshare service or public transportation.

Wine, Dine & Program 5:30 - 8:30 PM
DJ & After Party 8:30 - 10:30 PM
Cocktail Attire

Tickets on sale until March 29, 2024

What’s Included?

Event Sponsors

Gold-level Sponsors

Silver-level Sponsor

Bronze-level Sponsor

Event Speakers

Jason Kuker

Jason Kuker

Associate Board Chair

Martell Collins

Martell Collins

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, We Grow Chicago

Aneil Baron

Aneil Baron

Associate Board Member

Erika Yesenia Rodriguez Ramirez

Erika Yesenia Rodriguez Ramirez

Entrepreneur, Entreamigos, Mexico (Virtual)

Chimfwembe Ng’oma

Chimfwembe Ng’oma

Head Teacher, Hope Community School, Zambia

Daniel Somarriba

Daniel Somarriba

Student, Las Tias, Nicaragua (Virtual)

Planting Seeds of Sustainability Today,
Harvesting Dreams Tomorrow

Sixteen years ago, Spark Ventures planted a seed — a commitment to provide sustainable solutions to lift communities out of poverty and empower future leaders. Today, we’re as determined as ever to continue growing that seed together.

Our 2024 Wine & Dine event is an opportunity for us to come together once again to continue making a meaningful impact at our partner organizations. With a focus on sustaining individuals, organizations, and the environment, we empower communities with education, nutrition, healthcare and jobs.

Join us for an unforgettable evening and support Spark and our partners who are planting seeds of sustainability today — and harvesting dreams tomorrow!


What’s Included?

Our Wine & Dine event will feature sparks of inspiration and celebration, making our evening truly one to remember.

  • Reconnect with familiar faces and meet new like-minded Spark supporters.
  • Satisfy your appetite with hors d’oeuvres and a delicious buffet meal from Lula Cafe, a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.
  • Sip on Spark’s “Partner Paloma” signature cocktail, or a selection of wine and beer.
  • Feel inspired by thought-provoking stories from our partner organizations.
  • Bid on live auction items (and experience the thrill of friendly competition).
  • Enter for a chance to win one of our specially curated raffle baskets.
  • Capture snapshots with other Spark supporters in our photobooth.
  • Sit back and enjoy DJ Cymba from the We Grow Chicago community (or show off your dance moves if you’re feeling brave).

We look forward to seeing you at our fully in-person event. Thank you for supporting the impactful work we do in Zambia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chicago!

Please note: You don’t need to be present to participate in the raffle (stay tuned on social media for more information).


A Long Weekend in Mexico to Visit Entreamigos with Spark*

OR a $2,000 travel credit towards any Spark trip

Tickets: $25 for 1, $60 for 3, $100 for 5

Purchase raffle ticket here

*Mexico 4 Days | Nicaragua 5 Days | Zambia 10 Days
*Airfare not included *For one person *Use by 2026

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Board of Directors

Michael Campbell (Chair), Julie Tafel Klaus (Vice Chair), Doak Elliott (Co-Treasurer), Tumsheen Qureshi (Co-Treasurer), Julie Cook (Secretary), Scott Barbeau (Co-Founder), Constance Benrud, Sue Bernstein, Richard Johnson (Co-Founder), Jennifer Kim, Vicki Kraft, Lisa Madonia, Patti O’Neil, Kristin Schrepferman (Executive Director), Leon Reed, Kathy Wolf

Events Committee

Constance Benrud, Sue Bernstein, Jeff Breaden, Michael Campbell, Julie Cook, Kevin Cook, Katie Gustafson (Event & Communications Manager), Jennifer Kim, Julie Tafel Klaus, Lee Kuker, Lisa Madonia, Kristin Schrepferman (Executive Director), Colton Stombaugh, Cassandra Wade, Kathy Wolf, Katie Casey

Associate Board

Ashley Bailey, Aneil Baron, Julie Cook, Katie Gustafson, Jason Kuker (Associate Board Chair), Harli Thompson, Mary Mallon, Hailey Radakovitz, Kitsy Smith, Cassandra Wade

Contact Katie Gustafson (
for more information on event sponsorship opportunities.