125th Anniversary Gala 

Presented by Renee Beam 

Thank you for helping us celebrate 125 years of helping animals and their families. We hope you had a blast celebrating, reminiscing, and raising money for animals in need! Your generosity was overwhelming, and together, we raised a total of $423,570, far exceeding our goal of $250,000!


A special thanks to Renee Beam as the presenting sponsor, Co-Chairs Peggy Austin and Lauren Wolven, and emcee LeeAnn Trotter. We're also grateful to the honorees – Andy Avalos; Sheldon Rubin, DVM; Hill's Pet Nutrition; and Oil-Dri – for their unwavering commitment to the health of animals and providing a voice for adoptable animals. This event is possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and table captains – thank you!


Your participation in the event will help more than 3,000 animals. Thank you for raising your paddles high and bidding in the live and silent auctions. Every donation helps care for animals.


Donate today!

Anti-Cruelty's 125th Gala
Anti-Cruelty's 125th Gala
Anti-Cruelty's 125th Gala
Anti-Cruelty's 125th Gala

Thank you to our generous team of people who have made this exciting evening possible!

Planning Committee:

  • Lane Andersen
  • Peggy Austin
  • Erin Daly
  • Molly Dutmers
  • Tracy Elliott
  • Marc Kaufman
  • Rachel Klousnitzer
  • Loren Lewin
  • Rhett Lindsay
  • Jane Luiso
  • Shannon McCahill
  • David Narwich
  • Caroline Norris-Jones
  • Marie Pesola
  • Jennifer Tengelsen
  • Hannah Trychta
  • Michelle White
  • Lauren Wolven
  • Lane Anderson
  • Barbara Provus
  • Dr. Rubin
  • Jane Luiso
  • Lydia Krupinski
  • Michael LaFargue
  • Pam Lewis
  • Peggy Austin
  • Rachel Klousnitzer
  • Steve Dale
  • Steve Weaver
  • Terri Jordan
  • Tracy Elliott 

Table Captains:

  • Peggy Austin 
  • Renee Beam
  • Berman Subaru of Chicago
  • Classic Chicago Magazine and Sarah Ames 
  • Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Dan Jaffee
  • Jane and Jim Eberle
  • Shane Foley  
  • Friedman Properties
  • Lisa Shaprio Mendell
  • Jane and Anthony Luiso David Narwich 
  • Barbara Provus    
  • Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Robinson Financial Group    
  • Sheldon Rubin, DVM and Paulette Rubin
  • Steve & Krissy Shanker  
  • Lauren Wolven    
  • Freeman and Kim Wood     

Board of Directors:


  • Shane Foley
  • Jane Luiso
    Past Chair
  • Rafael Leon
    Vice Chair
  • Jane Eberle

Committee Chairs:

  • Sheldon Rubin, DVM, Operations
  • Jane Eberle, Finance
  • Barb McLucas, Governance
  • Barbara Provus, Mission Advancement

Members at Large:

  • Peggy Austin
  • Anita Dabrowska
  • Shannon Greeley, DVM
  • Dan Jaffee
  • Steve Klein
  • Steve Shanker
  • Rae Ann Van Pelt, DVM
  • Lauren Wolven
  • Freeman Wood III
  • Sophie Xu



To contact a member of our team, development@anticruelty.org.