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

October Program

Women Owned Businesses

Thursday, October 28

7 – 8 pm

Downers Grove Public Library

Please register by October 26 at this link.

Don’t forget to bring a friend!

There are 114% more women entrepreneurs in the U.S. than there were 20 years ago. Mallory Burke and Kelly K. James are two such women.

Mallory Burke is a senior at Elmhurst University studying biology and psychology. She plans to go into medicine and become a surgeon. She is also the owner of GrillGirlz LLC. Mallory will share how she turned a small loan from her parents into a thriving business.

Kelly K. James launched her career as a full time freelance journalist in 1997. Since then the former lawyer has written and ghostwritten more than three dozen books and several thousand articles for a variety of print and online markets. She’s the author of books including Six Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, Second Edition, and lives in Downers Grove with her son and daughter.

Join us in hearing these inspiring women talk about their journey through building their own successful business.

A branch business meeting follows the program at about 8 p.m.

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October Fundraiser Thursday, October 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

6550 S State Route 53, Woodridge

Reservations are highly recommended!  630-968-8899 x2

Gather your family and friends and attend the next restaurant fundraiser at the well-known and highly regarded Clara’s in Woodridge.

Because Clara’s is only open for dinner, this fundraiser will take between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on October 21st.

The voucher must be printed & presented to your server for your meal to be credited to our branch.  Thursdays are also ½ price wine at Clara’s, so enjoy and imbibe safely!

Clara’s will generously donate 25% of the tab (exclusive of alcohol) to our branch.

Please spread the word and voucher ahead of the fundraiser!



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


AAUW (American Association of University Women): www.aauw.org is a national organization of 100,000 women and men in more than 1000 branches across the country. AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal changes.

We support the National AAUW mission:
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

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.