The Witches Night Out Committee selects the agencies who will receive proceeds from the fundraiser each year.

The agencies selected provide services and support that help women secure their independence, regain their dignity, and become self-sufficient.

The 2017 Recipients will be:

M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, Inc.

M.E.R.C.Y. (Mentors, Empowerment and Resources for Change in Young families) Communities’ Transitional and Permanent Living Programs serve women over 18 and their dependent children, who are homeless and without the resources or support system to independently sustain their permanency in housing.  The M.E.R.C.Y. Communities Programs are needed to meet the basic need for shelter, as well as to address the root cause of the family’s homelessness.  The programs provide the structure, support, supervision and skill building necessary for the family to achieve self-sufficiency and access to affordable, permanent housing.  We can house 26 families (women with children) at this time and soon will be able to house 30 families.

IRTA Foundation

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) Foundation assists retired educators living in poverty with living expenses.  The Foundation provides scholarships to aspiring teachers, works to protect the rights of the elderly, and provides grants to classroom teachers for special projects and activities.  Learn more and donate today at



 Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter aims to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. Today, the Greater Illinois Chapter serves the more than half million Illinoisans affected by Alzheimer’s disease who are in our chapter area, including 210,000 people with the disease plus family members and caregivers. To learn more about our programs and services visit or call 1.800.272.3900. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.  Join the Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook group by clicking here.

2016 Recipients were:
M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, Inc.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault