A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND), the community’s local domestic violence agency, will hold its annual benefit and reception Sat., Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Ridge Country Club, 10522 S California. CBS 2 Chicago’s Dana Kozlov will be the emcee and the 2018 ANDi award will be presented to Shelton Matsey and the staff at FitCode for their outstanding support of AND during the annual Work Out to Wipe Out Benefit Day.
Kozlov is a general assignment reporter at CBS 2 Chicago. She joined their news team in 2003. after working at WGN as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Her live reports from DeKalb during CBS 2 Chicago’s coverage of the Northern Illinois University shootings in 2008 helped the team win an Emmy Award for spot news.
Before working at WGN-TV, Kozlov was at WEEK-TV in Peoria as the 5 p.m. news anchor and general assignment reporter. She began her career in journalism at CNN’s Chicago bureau as an intern in 1991, and served as a field producer for CNN, based in Chicago in 1995-96.
Kozlov’s work includes covering issues like domestic violence. In 2016, she reported on the state’s funding cuts for domestic violence programs. In 2017, her reporting examined how deportation was becoming a new fear for undocumented domestic violence victims.
AND is in its 8th year as the domestic violence agency for Beverly, Morgan Park, Mt. Greenwood and the surrounding suburbs. This is AND’s largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds supporting agency services, including the legal advocacy and children’s therapy services and its domestic violence community education initiative.
AND provides confidential counseling and advocacy services at no charge to victims of domestic violence as they navigate their journey to safety. Most of AND’s client are from Beverly/Morgan Park, Mt. Greenwood, and the surrounding suburbs. AND’s vision is to have every home be safe and free of domestic violence and abuse.
The annual benefit is their largest fundraiser of the year and its success is critical to the agency being able to continue to provide services. Highlights of this year’s event are musical entertainment the Megan Hurless Group followed by a late night DJ, open bar and hors d’oeuvres, along with a grand raffle and silent auctions.
This year’s grand raffle first prize includes a 6 night/five day vacation at Playa Flamingo Costa Rica in a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo steps from the beach and an airline travel voucher worth $1000.
Tickets to the AND benefit event are $75 per person and can be purchased in advance at www.anewdirectionbmp.org/2018Tickets or at the door.