50th Anniversary Benefit 

Youth Awards | Dinner | Entertainment | Auction 

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

A Night to Celebrate!

The 50th Anniversary Benefit strives to bring the community together to award teens that have made a significant impact in their community and fundraise for youth programming at the Winnetka Youth Organization.

Last year on April 14, 2018, we celebrated our 49th annual event at Avli Restaurant. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees and corporate and school sponsors, we raised over $10,000 for after-school programs at the Winnetka Youth Organization.

Our 50th Anniversary Benefit on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Wilmette, IL 60091. We invite parents, teens, community leaders, and professionals that serve youth to join us. Tickets on sale now and include dinner, premium open bar, and live music.

WYO Youth Awards

During the Winnetka Youth Organization’s annual benefit, we award local youth for their outstanding leadership, service, and creative impact. Students are nominated by the staff and formally notified in February via mail.

2018 Youth Award Winners


Youth Leadership Award

Christina Kafkis, Senior at New Trier High School

Renee Affinito, Junior at New Trier High school

Social Service Award

Hope Pu, 8th Grader at Washburne Middle School

Nora Pu, 8th Grader at Washburne Middle School

Music Impact Award

Aerius Band:

Liam Fagan

Austin Lyons

Nolan Kiser



50TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT PARTNERS: The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityNorth Shore Community Bank, The Koss Family, The Levernier Family, Blue Vision Group, The Volunteer Center, Winnetka Park District, and EFG Image | Photography by Scott Edwards.

Do you want to make a difference as a partner for our 50th Anniversary Benefit? View the forms below and email your completed form to christina@winnetkayo.org

 50th Anniversary Partnership & Donation Information: 

If you have any questions, please e-mail christina@winnetkayo.org

49TH ANNUAL BENEFIT PARTNERS: The Winnetka Youth Organization teams up with numerous local companies and organization to make this event spectacular! Thanks to our community partners, North Shore Community Bank – Winnetka Branch, Regina Dominican, Avli Estiatorio for their generous support in helping changing the lives of youth. Many thanks to our media partners, Winnetka Living, Winnetka Current, Daily North Shore, and the Chicago Tribune for highlighting our youth award winners.

Special thanks to our in-kind donors: John Hage, Taco Nano, Love Fur Dogs, Chicago Bulls, Fred’s Garage, White Sox, Bleacher Sports, The Book Stall, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bliss Salon. Jookie, Ravinia, White Sox, Lwoods, Ra Sushi Bar, The Happ Inn, Oui Madame, John Thomas, Winnetka Golf Club, Corepower Yoga in Winnetka, North Shore Frugal Fashionista, Green Bay Cycles, Wines for Humanity, Chicago Botanic Garden, Sky High Sports, Lou Malnati’s Pizza, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Winnetka Community House, Fitness Together Winnetka, Stormy’s Tavern and Grille, Three Art’s Bakery & Cafe.

Our Sponsors. We Thank You.