Annual Benefit Dinner - May 4, 2019

Únete a Nosotros – Dołącz do nas – Prisijunk prie mūsų – 加入我们 – Join us!

Please join us for our Celebration of Cultural Unity supporting the mission of TEACH- Tutoring English to Advance Change. It will be a fabulous evening filled with international food, the sounds of Kantuz- a flamenco-jazz quartet, Heads & Tails, Cultural Unity Awards, and so much more. This is a special night to come together and celebrate the many cultures of the communities we serve. 

9th Annual Benefit Gala
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Grand Oaks Pavilion, Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus
2815 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook


6:00 p.m. Cocktails & Tastes of the World
7:00 p.m. Entertainment, featuring KANTUZ
7:30 p.m. Awards Program
Business Casual Attire
Free Parking / Valet Parking Available


Cultural Unity Awardees
Lourdes Duarte
Celine and Don Woznica and Children


Click here to purchase Gala tickets today!


Meet our 2019 TEACH Cultural Unity Award Honorees:  

Lourdes Duarte
Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Evening News at 4:00 p.m. and a top investigative reporter. She also hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN. Lourdes is a four-time Emmy Award winner and received an Emmy nomination for a story on deportation. Lourdes and a WGN photographer were aboard the plane that transported undocumented immigrants to their home country.

In 2009, she was picked as one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40 and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Communication. In 2019, Lourdes received the Distinguished Alumna Award from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence for work that embodies the highest principles of journalism, including truth, accuracy, fairness, and context.

Lourdes came to the U.S. at the age of 10 without knowing English and has now become a respected journalist in both the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities.

TEACH’s Executive Director, Constantine Grapsas and Program Director, Susana Aguilar were recently featured on Lourdes Duarte’s show Adelante ChicagoClick here to watch the interview.

Click here to read about our first visit to WGN and meeting Lourdes Duarte!

Celine and Don Woznica and Children
Celine and Don Woznica and their children have dedicated their lives to serving immigrants, refugees and under-resourced communities both nationally and internationally. Their contributions to the spirit of cultural unity and equity include missionary work in Mexico, Central, and South America, and Africa, providing healthcare and health promotion to vulnerable populations in diverse settings from refugee camps to the neighborhoods of Chicago.

They have personally hosted foreign students from numerous countries. As hosts, the Woznicas have actively fostered building cultural bridges and understanding, not only between the U.S. and students’ home cultures but among students from different cultures as well.

Featured Performers

KANTUZ is a flamenco-jazz quartet based in Chicago. Old flamenco songs and songs from the Spanish repertoire (by de Falla, Lorca, Albeniz, Rodrigo, and more) in radically modern, Chicago-jazz infused arrangements. It’s what happens when a Spanish flamenco singer and a Spanish guitar virtuoso meet a Chicagoan jazz percussionist and a Chicagoan double-bass player. Click here to learn more about KANTUZ.

Sponsorship Opportunities

TEACH reaches 40 communities in Western Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties. Last year, TEACH’s 350 volunteers supported more than 625 students. You can support TEACH by becoming a Sponsor!

Sponsors will be listed in the program & have complimentary tickets. Please note how name should appear in the program.

  • Platinum Sponsorship level ($1,000)
  • Gold Sponsorship Level ($750)
  • Silver Sponsorship Level ($500)
  • Bronze Sponsorship Level ($250)

Become a Sponsor today by clicking here.


Thank you to our Sponsors:

Debbie and Mike Bradt
Jim and Lynn Cusack
Bob Hutchinson
Cam King
Karen and Larry Roche