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Meet the Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives honorees!

March 22, 2018

We invite the community to join Bridge Communities on Friday, April 27 for our 8th Annual Spring Luncheon, “Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives.” Hosted at the beautiful Danada House in Wheaton, we will honor women and philanthropy in DuPage County. We hope you join us for this inspiring celebration.

In addition to meeting our outstanding honorees, you will also have the opportunity to help 130+ Bridge Communities families achieve success this year. Thanks to a generous $20,000 matching grant supported by DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund, you will double your impact for Bridge families recovering from homelessness!

MargieTarpeyPhoto_crop  Margie Tarpey, this year’s recipient of the Transforming Lives Award, worked in healthcare for 30 years. After retiring 17 years ago, she was a founding member of Naperville CARES and served as president of the board.  Among Margie’s many volunteer efforts are: the founding of St Raphael’s Catholic Church’s St. Vincent De Paul conference, a group providing person-to-person service to those in need of financial assistance; assisting clients at Loaves and Fishes applying for Medicaid, SNAP and Healthcare insurance; and helping to launch Moving UP at Loaves and Fishes, which provides a program for clients who want to learn how to live a financially and emotionally self-sufficient life. We are honored to recognize Margie Tarpey as a woman who is truly transforming lives.

LisaGarrowPhoto_cropAfter her difficult divorce in 2004, Lisa Garrow and her children found themselves without a home of their own. But, when she entered Bridge Communities, she began to turn her life around. Her years in Bridge provided safety and security for her family, and allowed them to get back on their feet. And, going through Bridge’s employment programs gave her the confidence to change her career. Through hard work and dedication, what began as an internship with Northwestern Medicine has led to Lisa’s current position of lead clinical recruiter for NM Delnor Hospital. Today, she’s giving back by assisting at Bridge’s employment workshops. Lisa is an inspiration and we are proud to honor her with the Life Transformed Award.

Judy Hsu    Returning to emcee the luncheon will be Emmy-winning journalist Judy Hsu. An integral part of the ABC 7 news team since 2001, Judy anchors the 11 AM and 4 PM newscasts for ABC 7 Chicago. In addition to her anchor responsibilities, Judy hosts a long-format interview segment on Sunday mornings called “Newsviews.” Judy hosted the Sleep Out Saturday rally for Bridge Communities in 2015, and warmly welcomed supporters of Bridge again at the 2016 and 2017 Spring Luncheon. Judy resides in the western suburbs with her husband and four children.

Tickets are $60 per person or $600 per table of 10, and may be purchased here or Additionally, select sponsorship opportunities remain for the event. A special thank you to our Ruby Sponsor DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund, and to our Emerald Sponsors BMO Harris Bank, and the Wintrust family of banks, including Bolingbrook Bank & Trust, Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust, Naperville Bank & Trust, and Wheaton Bank & Trust.

To learn more about sponsoring, ask questions about the luncheon, or include an advertisement in the luncheon booklet, please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or

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