February 28, 2014 – February 28, 2014

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“Pay It Forward” on February 28 with C.A.T.I.F. at Durty Nellie’s

C.A.T.I.F. [Celebrating All That Is Feminine] to Host “Pay it Forward” Fundraiser to Benefit Women Veterans and At-Risk Teenagers in the Chicagoland Area

Pay it Forward, an annual fundraiser now in its 5th year will again be presented by C.A.T.I.F. [Celebrating All That Is Feminine]. The not-for-profit public charity dedicates its efforts to raising money for programs and organizations that specifically serve woman, and children experiencing crisis.

The beneficiaries of funds raised at this year’s Pay it Forward event will be women veterans who are served at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and at-risk teenagers who receive mentoring and leadership guidance through the Kappa Kappa Gamma Girls’ Academy.

Kara Cermak, C.A.T.I.F. president said women veterans face even the most mundane obstacles as they start their lives anew after serving our country. “For example, their starter toiletry kits at the center cost almost three times as much as those for men, because women’s products are simply more expensive,” she said.

Weekend sit-ins are held for the young women who benefit from guidance provided by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Girls’ Academy. “This is an amazing group of women who spend countless hours developing programs and mentoring at-risk teen teenagers; they help them learn how to deal with bullying, peer pressure and other life pressures in a new and positive way,” Cermak said.

The event will include both silent and live auction items, raffles, cocktails and appetizers and a jam-packed evening full of fun.

Pay it Forward will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, 180 N. Smith Street. For more information on this exciting event which will positively impact the lives of many, visit www.catifcharity.com.


About C.A.T.I.F.

To date, C.A.T.I.F. has raised nearly $70,000 for a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the Chicagoland area. The not-for-profit public charity holds two large fundraisers and several smaller events each year to raise money for non-profits whose target populations coincide with C.A.T.I.F.’s mission: To support, encourage and empower women and at-risk children experiencing crisis in the greater Chicagoland area.

Visit www.catifcharity.com to learn more about the organization and the non-profits they have assisted since 2009.

In the words of president and founder Kara Cermak, C.A.T.I.F. president: (quotable for media articles)

“C.A.T.I.F. is a non-profit 510c3 that has been raising funds for already established non-profits throughout the Chicagoland area for over 5 years. We began as a small group of professional women looking to make a difference in the lives of women and children that need help and have grown into a giant group of citizens who want to provide assistance to those less fortunate,” Cermak said. 

“Our first year, we raised about $4,000 for our chosen charities, in 2011, we raised over $7,000, but by 2012, we raised over $35,000 from the community!  We continue to grow and impact more and more lives, and our February 2014 event is raising funds for Women Veterans throughout our area,” Cermak said.  “We hope to have a greater turnout than ever, at our new, larger venue at Durty Nellie’s, on February 28th!

“C.A.T.I.F. began as an effort to provide assistance to women who were experiencing crisis, and has grown into an organization that not only assists women, but children as well, who are experiencing their darkest hours in life – we help them to see there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Cermak said.

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Melanie Santostefano – Vicarious Productions, Inc.

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