Diamonds in the Rough 2010 (invitation)

The Aparecio Foundation is a nonprofit organization, designed to accelerate the academic achievement for low-income,
high-potential, minority women throughout Chicago.

…The benefit will highlight a spectacular runway show, a variety of silent auction and raffle packages, signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, seasonal desserts, an evening of music, deluxe gift bag giveaways, an exclusive VIP package, and much more.

$ 60 main floor and evening events
$175 VIP package

*VIP tickets will include a private champagne and gourmet chocolate cocktail hour on DIRTT showrooms deck overlooking downtown Chicago, a professional portrait session with photographer and ultimate gift bag

Purchase tickets at

The Aparecio Foundation is honored to include Natalie Martinez (NBC), Melissa Maynard (Factio Magazine), Gina Ferraro (Nude Hippo and NBC), Lindsay Hays (Grace PR), Theresa Carter (The Local Tourist), Marti Goyal (Aniko Salon and Spa), Audarshia Townsend (312 Dining Diva), Jessica Marie (CHEW Chicago), Lora Michael (Lora Michael Cosmetic Artistry), Cassandra Gaddo (Today’s Chicago Woman), Mabel Guzman, Maxine Hughes, Julie Darling (The Darling Company), Candace Jordan (, Irene Michaels (I on the Scene), Jen Knoedl (Jen Chicago), Sarah Raskey (The Giving Gallery), Ashley Bush (La Costa Theatre) as members of the host committee for Diamonds in the Rough.

We look forward to you joining us for a truly exceptional evening.


Jen Knoedl is Executive Producer of JenChicago Productions, as well as its enthusiastic video host. Click here to find out about sponsorship and partnering opportunities regarding travel, Chicago and entrepreneurship. Tweet Jen at @JenTravelsLife


  1. Gail Garza says:

    Right up my alley!!!

    I will be MORE than happy to attend. This is absolutely incredible and I feel honored to be invited by you, JenChicago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a FABULOUS organization!!!

    Gail Garza

  2. JenChicago says:

    You’re so sweet, Gail. It really is a unique organization.

    See you there!

  3. I am not able to attend but you might find the following education site just ideal for your clients needing job training, career guidance or a psychological boost. See: Also:

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  4. JenChicago says:

    Great resource, Riaz! I’ll share it with the Ladies!

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