50th Anniversary Benefit 

Youth Awards | Dinner | Entertainment | Auction 

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

A Night to Remember

Article excerpt from: Make It Better

“Held on April 13 at Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, the exclusive celebration welcomed over 120 guests from the Chicago area. The fête not only honored the standout teens, but also celebrated 50 years of success, made possible thanks to the generous local community members, businesses, and organizations.

Teens who’ve exhibited extraordinary acts of leadership, talent, influence, and dedication to service — in both WYO and New Trier Township — were recognized during the 50th Anniversary Benefit. Ten people were recognized: nine awardees and one scholarship recipient. This was WYO’s first year awarding a scholarship. Sophie Krajewski, a senior at New Trier High School, was the proud recipient of the inaugural grant.

Along with the award ceremony, guests enjoyed appetizers and an open bar, live music from Jack Sundstrom Collective and The Jacks, and live and silent auctions.

Together, the community raised a record-high for the beloved Winnetka nonprofit. Over $22,000 was raised in support of WYO’s mission in supporting North Shore youth. With the gracious support from benefit attendees, the community will continue to have a safe space for teens — outside of the classroom and home — to learn, grow, and express themselves.

The event was made possible thanks to the support of gracious partners, including The Winnetka Park District, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, North Shore Community Bank, and the Levernier and Koss families.”

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.

2019 Youth Award Winners


Youth Leadership Award

Chloe Ziomek, Senior at New Trier High School

Katy Dickman, Senior at New Trier High School

Social Service Award

Maggie Cao, Junior at New Trier High School

Vivian Adelman, Sophmore at New Trier High School

Music Impact Award

Vargbyte, Band from New Trier High School

Youth Influencer Award

Sam Ufford, Senior at New Trier High School

The Burne Kindness Award

Rocco Fernandez, 7th Grader at Washburne Middle School

Dylan Farley, 7th Grader at Washburne Middle School

Scholarship Award

Sophie Krajewski, Senior at New Trier High School


Thank You Video From Our Teens



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.

Special thanks to our in-kind donors: ABT, Arclight Cinemas Glenview, Bliss Salon, Blow Dry Bar, Bluestone, The Book Stall, Brevil Juice Fountain Plus, Carriage Hill Kennels, Cassie Green Health Chicago Botanic Gardens, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Curling Club, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Corepower Yoga, Depot Nuevo / The Noodle, Essential Oils Spring Basket, Fitness Together Winnetka, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Foremost Liquors, Glencoe Animal Hospital, The Grand, The Happ Inn, The House – Glencoe, JCLicht, Jewel, John Hage, Jookie, Kingston Mines, Lad & Lassie, Lakeland Basses, Lakeside Foods, Lettuce Entertain You, LifeTime’s Life SPA, Lori’s Shoes, Lou Malnati’s Pizza, Love Fur Dogs, Make’N Music, Mariano’s, Mathnasium, Nick’s Bar and Grill, Northwestern Football, Oui Madame, ONE RIVER: School of Art & Design, Our Magnificent Medspa, OutATime Games, PeachTree Place, Pinot’s Palette—Glenview, POWERUP Tech Academy, Prism, Ravinia, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Sanders Fine Portraits, Schaefer’s, Second City, SHURE, Sky High Sports, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Speed Pro Imaging North Shore, Soulshine Boutique, Stephanie Holz, Sunset Foods, Taco Nano, Tacklebox Brand Partners, TEDDIEKOSSOF, Three Tarts Bakery & Cafe, Tudor Wine Bar, Valley Lodge Tavern, Village Toy Shop, Wines for Humanity, Winnetka Community House, Winnetka Fire Department, Winnetka Golf Club, Yoga View.