Wheaton, IL – Tickets are available for the 17th Annual Taste of Hope on Thursday, March 2, 2023! As DuPagePads continues to assist record numbers of people experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, support, and a pathway to housing they invite caring people across our community to bring needed help and hope to Pads’ clients by participating in their signature evening of dining and philanthropy, the Taste of Hope.

Guests are invited to dine and delight while learning more about DuPagePads current work to end homelessness at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Samplings of signature dishes from elite restaurants and caterers across the area will be provided and paired with beer and wine from Alter Brewing and Aspen Lane Wine Company.

Co-chaired by Naperville residents Tami Weir and Mary Morrissey, Taste of Hope also gives guest the opportunity to participate in fun raffles, wine pulls, and desirable silent auction packages via mobile bidding. The program features updates on DuPagePads Interim Housing Center, mission successes, a personal testimony from a client in housing, and a live auction filled with fabulous trips and experiences! For Taste of Hope details, online auction bidding, or a list of participating restaurants please visit: https://TOH2023.givesmart.com

“I am so excited for this year’s Taste of hope and can’t wait to share with our amazing sponsors, donors and restaurant partners the tremendous impact they have made in the lives of those we serve. Last year’s event raised the last private dollars we needed to make our new Interim Housing Center a reality. Support from this event changed 787 lives, giving individuals and families and safe night’s sleep and a path to end their homelessness,” said April Redzic, President and CEO. “The restaurants who have been a part of this—some for 17 years!–are truly incredible.”
Individual dinner tickets are available for $150 per person or tables of 10 for $1,250 per table. Room capacity is limited to 500 guests and remaining available seating can be purchased at: https://2023TOH.givesmart.com.

Businesses committed to help to end homelessness in our community by sponsoring the Taste of Hope include Morgan Stanley, Power Equipment Direct, Aspen Lane Wine Company, DRF Water Heating Solutions, FT Cares Foundation, IntentGen Financial Partners, Lift Works, Marquette Companies & Ryan Hill Group, Old Second National Bank, Schulte & Cleland Wealth Management Group, The Redzic Family, Alter Brewing, CAGE Civil Engineering, Coldwell Banker, Inland Bank, Richards Graphic Communications, Tuk Tuk Naperville, Villa Park Office Equipment, Wintrust-Wheaton Bank & Trust, American Family Insurance, Bantix Technologies, BillJacobs Motorsport, Busey Bank, College HUNKS, DynaCom, Essendant, GreenState Credit Union, Heartland Bank & Trust, and Little Italian Pizza.

Remaining sponsorship, advertising, restaurant, and auction item donation opportunities for local businesses and restaurants may be available on a limited basis. For more information, contact Carrie Flick at 630.480.4186 or CFlick@dupagepads.org.


Recognizing over 35 years of service, DuPagePads is the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County. DuPagePads’ solution to ending homelessness is housing, coupled with support services and employment to restore hope and transform lives. The administration office is located at 601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187. Additional information can be obtained by contacting DuPagePads at 630.682.3846 or at www.dupagepads.org.