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Little Black Dress Soiree to Inaugurate Women United.

On February 1, 2018, ages 21 and older are invited to adorn their little black dresses for an evening of elegance, style and social change from 6-10 p.m. at The Renaissance Center in Joliet

Tickets for Little Black Dress Soiree are $45 and can be purchased online on our yapsoday page (click here)

The night will feature shopping from local vendors, raffle prizes, silent auction centerpieces, dancing and a cash bar. Each ticket admits one into the event, appetizers and desserts for the evening and an automatic entry into the door prize raffle from David Nelson Exquisite Jewelry.

This inaugural event will launch Women United, United Way of Will County’s Social Change Initiative– igniting the power of women, impacting our local community. The purpose being to fight for the self-sufficiency, health, safety, and education of every person in Will County.

United Way of Will County’s, Resource Development Director Sarah Oprzedek stated, “Through our collective passion, expertise and resources, Women United will lead local efforts to lift up lives, build a stronger community, and leave a legacy of change in Will County.”

Women United works to create change through projects. The Community Baby Shower brings baby wellness items overlooked by SNAP and WIC to parents and babies in need. The creation of their Learn to Read-Read to Learn project will encourage young minds and promote childhood literacy.

More information regarding Women United and how to become a member will be available during and directly following the event.

To purchase tickets, click here:  Little Black Dress Soiree Tickets

Tickets are available online only. Tickets are $45 plus a $2.49 service fee. 

Delicious appetizers and a dessert bar are included in your ticket price. You will also receive an entry to win the door prize from David Nelson Exquisite Jewelry.  Tickets do not include beverages.

Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. 


As of January 19th, 2018 at 11:30 AM, our website is currently down. For more information, please email Samantha@uwwill.org



The event starts at 6 PM, a Valet Service will await your arrival. Coat check is available. 

Enter for your chance to win the door prize, purchase tickets for the basket raffle, and shop in the Fashion Boutique on the first floor. Then, head upstairs to capture your Little Black Dress in a photo by TapSnap. Stop at the top of the stairs to purchase your Split the Pot tickets and don’t forget to get your drinks at the bar! Dance along with your friends as our DJ fills the room! Snack on appetizers and desserts, while checking out our center pieces for auction, as the night progresses.


6 PM:

  • Valet Service and Coat Check begin.
  • A Cash Bar, Fashion Boutique, TapSnap, and the DJ are available all night.
  • Appetizers are served.
  • Raffle tickets and “split the pot” are available.

8 PM:

  • Desserts are served.

9 PM:

  • Winning raffle tickets will be drawn.
  • “Split-the-pot” ticket drawing.
  • Centerpiece Silent Auction closes.
  • Appetizers close.

The night will end at 10 PM.

Basket Raffle


  • Shake it Up
    • This Ninja Kitchen System will allow you to truly customize your drink-making experience whether you’re using special nutrients or just looking for high performance blending of your favorite beverages. Three recipe books and kitchen towels are included as well. Value $250.
  • Tee it high and let it fly!
    • This spring, enjoy a round of golf at the Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox with your three BFFs. Carts are included. We’ve thrown in a pair of rain gloves, pair of winter gloves, and pair of regular gloves plus balls, tees, and a putting aide. Value $350.
  • Beauty in a Basket
    • These Mary Kay skin care products will help you have beautiful skin and achieve a flawless face. Value $250.
  • Sparkle and Bubble
    • Visit the August Hill Winery Tasting Room in historic Utica Illinois. A party of four will taste August Hill’s delicious sparkling wine. If you time it just right, enjoy live music on the patio or in the lounge. You can get a sneak peek (or shall we say sneak sip?) of the wine by uncorking August Hill’s most popular sparkling wines at home. Four bottles of August Hill wine, four glasses, two bar towels, cheese board, cheese knife & dip are included. Value $300.
  • Be My Valentine
    • Nothing could be better to set the mood on February 14th than unwinding with a pedicure & manicure, indulging in chocolates, and then lunching at the Cheesecake Factory.  On February 25th, relax with glasses of wine before seeing Sara Evans in concert at the Rialto Theatre. Value $250.
  • Have a Good Day
    • Have a good day beginning with a one-hour massage at Divas.  Take home a aromatherapy face pillow, rusk hair spray, Aveda massage oil, and a Divas wine glass with a bottle of wine. Also included is a pair of “Hot Diamond” sterling silver earrings. Value $250.
  • Wear it With Love
    • Cupid’s heart is the symbol of love so nothing is more perfect than this pretty heart pendant with diamond inset from Mark Peter’s Diamond Designs just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Value $300
  • It’s in the Bag
    • This gold leather cross body handbag holds shopping cards to Macy’s, Nordstrom’s and a gift card for lunch at Barolo’s.  There is also a KEEP Collective customized bracelet.  Value $300
  • All About Me
    • Whether a personal day or self-care day, all the comforts, pleasures and indulgences to treat yourself are included!  There is a gift certificate to Buffed Nail Spa, Polaroid Polarized Sunglasses with case from Dr. Mark Burke, Certificate for Salon Envy, Brighten Tote Bag, Silk Scarf, pair of leather gloves, beaded bracelet, and a book about “living in style.”  Accessorize yourself, compliments of Apricot Lane in Bolingbrook, and treat yourself to fro-yo once a week at TCBY Shorewood. Value $600
  • On the Cutting Edge
    • This basket of quality hair care products and beauty offers from Professional Salon Concepts, Inc. is what we dream for.  Value $250
  • For the Busy Woman
    • Don’t miss this new patient offer from Associated Orthodontists which includes $1,000 off treatment, Yowi Thermal Travel Mug, Portable phone charger, Umbrella, and miscellaneous goodies.  Value $1,000 +
  • Family Entertainment Time
    • Kids make the best kind of busy so get busy playing at Family Fun Zone, competing at Haunted Trails, and eating Pizza at Chicago Dough Pizza.  The family fun doesn’t stop there, as movie theater gift cards and family tickets to attend Easterseals’ Walnut Room Experience are included. Value $300
  • Double Date Night
    • The Joliet Chamber of Commerce has two nights that are sure to bring back the magic with your date.  Plus, there are tickets to invite another couple to each of the events.  Enjoy the Boots, Brews, and BBQ’s event and also experience the fun of the “Martinis and Mistletoe” event. On a third date, drop by MyGrain Brewing, a brewpub located in the historical Joliet Union train station. MyGrain offers many craft beer styles as well as great food and an upbeat atmosphere.  A sample of beer is included.  The fourth date is dinner, a movie, and ice cream.  Value  $400



Thank you to the following people and organizations

who donated baskets or items valued at $250 or more


Law Office of Theresa Berkey, for “Shake it Up”

Alexis O’Brien, LPGA Professional, for “Tee it high and let it fly”

Susan Hohlman, Mary Kay National Sales Director, for “Beauty in the Basket”

DIVA’s Salon and Spa for the “Have a Good Day” basket

Mark Peter’s Diamond Designs for the “Wear it with Love” basket

Professional Salon Concepts, Inc. for the “On the Cutting Edge” basket

Associated Orthodontists for the “Busy Woman” basket

Jen Howard of TCBY Shorewood as part of the “All About Me” basket

Joliet Chamber of Commerce as part of the “Double Date Night” basket

Thank you to the following people and organizations

who donated individual items and gifts for baskets 

Apricot Lane – Bolingbrook

August Hill Winery Tasting Room

Barolo Ristorante

Buffed Nail Spa

Chicago Dough Pizza

Cyndie Klemm

Dr. Mark Burke 4Sight iCare


Emily Brzycki, KEEP Collective

Deb Strahanoski

Family Fun Zone

Haunted Trails

Home Instead Senior Care

Joliet Chamber of Commerce

Judy Erwin

Kathy Mihelich

Laurie Keigher

Little Black Dress Wines

MyGrain Brewing Company

Pat Ketelaar

Rialto Square Theater

Salon Envy

United Way of Will County




Paulette Apostolou



Paparazzi Accessories and Jewelry (The Deeva Shop)

Net proceeds donated to www.cervivor.org – an organization helping women with cervical cancer



Sandra Johnson



Handmade soaps, lotion, body butter, body scrub, bath bombs



Susan Hohlman


A full line of skin care, personal care and glamour items



Handmade vintage style hats and headwear



LuLaRoe clothing, dresses, skirts, tops, and leggings

Antoinette Poradyla




Cara Weingartner


Pampering items made in the USA with high quality ingredients

Shea butter and essential oils, hand crèmes, soap, body butters, face masks, body scrubs, exfoliating bars, lip products

& bath bombs made with salt from the Great Salt Lake




Custom designed jewelry for every occasion.  Also designs from top purveyors of diamonds and fine jewelry



Judy Tomasino


Hair and body products

Information about Diva’s services – haircuts, color, highlights,

formal styles, nails, waxing, facials, massages,

make-up and make-up applications



Tara Brown


A variety of products to equip and empower women to protect themselves



Tammy & Sherry

Jewelry with one of a kind antiques




Brandi Tyse

Hats, Decor Pillows, Wine Glasses, Wood Art


Professional Salon Concepts, Inc. and Paul Mitchell the School Chicago

Future Professionals from the Paul Mitchell School will be on site offering
samples and giving hair tips and tricks.
Paul Mitchell the School Chicago
12225 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL
Paul Mitchell the School Lombard
106 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL  



Emily Brzycki

Customizable jewelry that helps you tell your story – you can design based on anything you love,

whether that be your family, your passions, or just something beautiful. 


Young Living Essential Oils

Tammy Silkaitis


 Therapeutic grade essential oils and products addressing wellness, personal care and home



Veronica Staudt

Old Hollywood Glam jewelry, accessories, personal styling, sustainable fashion that help women look and feel their best. 




P!phany by Cyndi Fleming

Cyndi Fleming


Clothes, leggings & shoes



Lisa Kasar


Clothing, gloves, hats, purses & gift items


Habitat for Humanity’s WOMEN BUILD EVENT

Women Build apparel and tools

Learn about the upcoming Women Build event coming in May, 2018

and more events which will provide an opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their community.


Beautiful By Bartlett

Plunder Vintage Jewelry

The venue will be decorated with trans-seasonal centerpieces designed and created by students from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.  The centerpieces will be available for purchase.

Rhonda Stibbe, Horticulture Instructor supervised the students.  Providing guidance to the group was Donna Theimer AIFD, professional floral designer, who recently retired from the position as Floral Design Professor at Joliet Junior College.

You can play a part in this unique fundraising event.  Without your generosity and that of other sponsors, the United Way of Will County cannot directly service special needs of women and children. Please consider sponsoring.

CHANEL Sponsor     $2000
Receive premier recognition in the event program, website & Facebook page, recognition on posters, news releases and other promotions, name and business logo on every online ticket printed (if commitment to sponsor is made prior to ticket availability) and receive four tickets to attend

DIOR Sponsor     $1000
Receive recognition in the event program, website & Facebook page, and receive three tickets to attend

GUCCI Sponsor     $500
Receive recognition in the event program, website & Facebook page, and receive two tickets to attend

VERSACE Sponsor     $200
Receive recognition in the event program, website & Facebook page, and receive one ticket to attend

PRADA Sponsor     $100
This sponsorship is designed for women who cannot attend but desire to participate in the fundraising and receive recognition in the event program, website & Facebook page

Sponsorships are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law for charitable gifts.  Write your sponsor check to the United Way of Will County LBD Soiree.  If you desire to pay for your sponsorship with a credit card or if you have questions about sponsoring, call Sarah Orprzedek at the United Way of Will County:  815-723-2500, extension 107 by email sarah@uwwill.org   You can also direct questions to: Kathy@eventsforacause.org

Little Black Dress Soiree will be held at the Renaissance Center,  214 N. Ottawa St. Joliet, IL 60432.

A complementary Valet Parking Service will park your car.   

A Coat-Check will be available.

54 N. Ottawa St., Suite 300, Joliet, IL 60432

  • Sarah Oprzedek, Development Director
    • 815-723-2500 ext. 107 
    • Sarah@uwwill.org
  • Laurie Keigher, Finance Director
    • 815-723-2500 ext. 106
    • Laurie@uwwill.org

Events for a Cause, Inc. 

  • Kathy Mihelich
    • 815-416-8794 or Kathy@EventsforaCause.org
Little Black Dress Soiree

The Venue

Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center is the perfect backdrop for Little Black Dress Soiree

Located in Joliet’s historic downtown, the Renaissance Center’s distinctive architecture and ambiance provides an elegant setting for the event