Welcome to the Downers Grove Area (IL) Branch of AAUW!

Enjoy Lou Malnati’s on January 24th – Take a break from the kitchen!

Our January restaurant fundraiser will be on Monday, January 24th, 2022 at Lou Malnati’s in Downers Grove, Naperville and Oak Brook. You may dine in or carry out or have your meal delivered.  Choose the location that is most convenient for you.  The attached flyer includes the hours of operation for each restaurant.


Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of our group’s sales (pre-tax/alcohol, catering, and gift cards excluded) back to our organization Valid for dine in, carryout, and delivery orders. Customers must present a hard copy or digital version of the Lou Malnati’s Fundraising flyer at time of placing order. Please also review your receipt to ensure it is marked with “fundraiser” at the bottom. If you do not see this item on your receipt, please see a manager or email the receipt to Fundraising@loumalnatis.com

Orders can be placed via app or on the website.  Our unique promo code is FUNDAAUW22.

Thank you in advance for supporting this fundraiser!


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In November of 2021, our branch awarded two Back-To-The-Books scholarships/grants.



Becky Joy Kristula of Westmont attends National Lewis University and is getting her Masters of Business Administration.



Jill Ploetz of Westmont attends North American University and is getting her M.ED in School Counseling.

Since our first award in 1987, we have awarded 76 scholarships and grants for a total of $123,250.

Our Annual Used Book Sale, which through the work of our membership and volunteers provides the funds for the scholarships and grants, was cancelled due to complications caused by the pandemic.  Through an online appeal and personal donations, our branch membership generously donated the funds toward the 2021 awards.



Final Total and Acknowledgments

Our goal this year was to raise $6,250, 80% for local scholarships and 20% for our annual donation to National AAUW.

Donations total $7,316 as of August 31, 2021!

Thank you to everyone who donated and made this fundraiser a success. We have enough to move forward with the Back-to-the-Books scholarship applications as well as make a donation to the National AAUW Greatest Needs Fund.

Thank you to the following donors for allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission.

Used Book Sale Supporter

Kim Venzon

Rare Book Collectors

Susan Becker
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Joan Fisher
Debra Guptill
Deborah Harris
Marilyn Jelinek
Anita Jencks
Claudia Kappel
Karen Kuchar
Cynthia Laughlin
Emily Owens
Rosalie Oppenheim
Patricia Page
Ellen Pascucci
Mary Joyce Pickett
Ruth Pordes
Lynne Romito
Lia Rubino
Susan Schaal
Nancy Shoemaker
Ann Springer
Nancy Svoboda
Joyce Tumea
Julia Venetis
Kathyrn Vlahos
Margaret Wagner
Coleen Walter
Mary Beth Weeks
Mary-Jo Wolsky
Carole Zoeller

Educator’s Society

Amy Buonassisi
Harriett Lindstrom
Lyndi Sprietsma
Sue Stealey

Used Book Sale Supporter:  up to $49; Rare Book Collector:  $50 to $499; Educator’s Society:  $500 – $1,999; Scholarship Hero:  $2000 and above


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The Downers Grove Area Branch was founded in 1949 and has approximately 100 members from Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge. As a branch, we study global issues, promote women’s education, and meet for social events.