Ryan Joseph Anderson To Perform At ASV Friendraiser April 29

Lagunitas’ Tap Room will be rocking to the sounds of the Ryan Joseph Anderson band on April 29. Check out their website below to learn more:


Don’t miss this chance to see them LIVE! See you April 29!

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Fantastic Raffle Prizes Can Be YOURS At Lagunitas April 29

The ASV “Every Sip Counts” friendraiser April 29 is going to be a fabulous shindig, with great food, drinks, LIVE MUSIC and a chance to get the inside scoop on this year’s photos that the public will see for the first time at the ASV Photo Exhibition June 7-9!  On top of all of that, we also have amazing Raffle Prizes to bid on while you are having fun! Check out these items that can be easily be yours:

  • 100 Gift Certificate redeemable at Schubas, Lincoln Hall or Tied House
  • Two Tickets To West Side Story at the Lyric Opera
  • Two Tickets to watch the Cubs play the Braves June 25th – great seats!
  • A Wine-Tasting Party for six at Pops
  • Four Tickets to Chicago’s best comedy at iO Theater
  • A professional 8×10 portrait by InLight, valued at $350
  • Four tickets to a Cubs game at Murphy’s Rooftop, including drinks, food and a unique view of the game



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ASV Friend-Raiser At Lagunitas Tap: April 29 From 5:30-8:30PM

ASV cordially invites you to a fabulous evening of food, drinks and fantastic music all in support of the upcoming 2019 ASV Photo Exhibition! See the details below, then plan on bringing all of your friends and work colleagues to this important kickoff event. There are AWESOME raffle prizes just waiting to be won by some lucky attendee…and every sip helps ASV help the artists! We look forward to seeing you there!


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This stunning photo taken by Mike B. has been chosen as the featured photo on this year’s ASV Photo Exhibition invitation. Click on the link below to see all of the details. All of the artists have worked very hard since the program began last September. They are proud of their artwork, as they should be and they look forward to sharing their photographic prints with all who come to the photo show. Mark your calendars and join for this very special event!




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Thanks To All Who Came To The Flower & Garden Show

ASV is very grateful to everyone who stopped by Booth 226 last week during the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. What a joyful scene it was, as large crowds strolled through the exhibits, throughout the five days, getting new ideas for gardening, lawn care, patio entertaining and appreciating the wide variety of products and services geared towards everyone who loves the outdoors.

Excitement was definitely in the air, as old and new ASV friends heard more about the upcoming Photo Exhibition June 7-9. Please plan to join us for this very special photo show that has become one of the most “go to” events on the summer calendar among Chicago art enthusiasts.

For now, thank you again to all who came and supported ASV artists last week with your kind purchases and donations. Happy Spring to one and all!

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show THIS WEEKEND: Don’t Miss It

Navy Pier’s Festival Hall has been turned into one, lovely celebration of the outdoors this week! You will find gorgeous plants and flowers, a wide range of gardening, lawn care, barbecue and entertaining products, plus skilled professionals eager to share tricks of their trades to help you enjoy your home and garden every minute this summer.

ASV is at BOOTH 226, in Festival Hall, decorated with a beautiful array of lovely floral photos taken by ASV artists over the years. We have fantastic note card sets available for purchase, at $11 each and matted 8×10 prints for purchase as well, at $55 each. Please remember that every purchase you make benefits the artists directly.  

We are delighted to share our booth with LOOM, another wonderful Catholic Charities program that provides support to women refugees in Chicago. The women gather twice a week, weaving stunning scarves, capes and shawls while they build friendships with one another. LOOM has a great selection of these items for sale, as well as a display of elegant earrings also  made by the ladies at LOOM.

If you use code CCCHICAGO when you buy your tickets to the show, Catholic Charities will receive a portion of the ticket price back. Go to www.chicagoflower to learn more. Please stop by to say hello and support ASV and LOOM! Everything is in bloom, at Navy Pier through Sunday!       

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show Is Next Week!

Signs of Spring are everywhere, from the return of Daylight Savings Time to 55 degree temperatures in Chicago! So, gather your friends and family and join us at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 20-24 at Navy Pier! You will see fantastic gardening displays and hear ideas galore to make your gardening more enjoyable than ever this year!

After Supper Visions will have a booth in the Marketplace- please stop by to say hello and see lovely prints and note cards created from photos taken by ASV artists. The artists who took the photos directly benefit from every purchase made.

Please also remember to add the code CCCHICAGO when buying your tickets. Catholic Charities will receive a portion of every ticket purchased with this designation.  It takes $700,000 a day to keep our 158 programs running at 174 locations across Cook and Lake counties. Every donation is greatly appreciated!

We are excited to be part of this fabulous event that is guaranteed to give you that “Ahhh, summer” feeling. For more information, see www.chicagoflower.com. See you next week, at Navy Pier!

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Bring Your Family & Friends To The Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 20-24

These stunning photos taken by ASV artists will be among those featured at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 20-24 at Navy Pier. Make it a fun outing for your family and friends! There will be fabulous garden displays, fun-filled activities for children and a fantastic marketplace, too! Details at www.chicagoflower.com. Use the code CCCHICAGO when purchasing your tickets and a portion of the price will be donated to Catholic Charities. Every bit helps! We look forward to seeing you there!


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Gorgeous ASV Artwork On Display March 20-24 At The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

ASV is delighted to participate in the Chicago Flower and Garden Show March 20-24 at Navy Pier. Twenty floral images taken by ASV artists will be for sale in the Home and Garden Marketplace. They are guaranteed to bring warmth and light to any wall in your home or office. Floral notecards also will be available for sale, and all proceeds directly benefit the artists whose work will be on display.

This annual event has been held in Chicago since 1847. View breathtaking garden displays and learn from the pros about the do’s and don’ts of gardening. This is a very family-friendly event, with a FREE children’s activity area, gourmet cooking demonstrations and, as mentioned a fantastic marketplace where you can purchase the latest in floral and gardening products.

Tickets to the show are $20 but if you use the code CCCHICAGO, $4 of the ticket price is donated back to Catholic Charities.

Welcome Spring with a visit to this fabulous event, March 20-24 at Navy Pier!

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ASV Looks Forward To The Return Of Ibero Interns

After Supper Visions is fortunate to have a number of volunteer groups who see the immense talent in ASV artists and sincerely want to help the artists grow in their experience as photographers. Some volunteers help throughout the year, such as the Photo Team members who work weekly with the artists to help them learn the art of photography and become increasingly skilled in taking creative, imaginative photos.

Other volunteers join ASV as the annual Photo Exhibition nears and their assistance is greatly appreciated, as well. One of these groups is the Ibero interns who come to Catholic Charities as part of the Ibero Transnational Service Project (ITSP), coordinated under the Catholic Charities Office of Latino Affairs.

Cary Rositas-Sheftel, Ph.D is the Manager of Latino and University Initiatives for Catholic Charities.  In the beautiful piece below, Cary describes the ITSP project and the inspiring outcomes of this program. See also the wonderful photos of the interns assisting at the ASV Photo Exhibition last year. Thank you, Cary for sharing this with all who follow the AVV website. We look forward to welcoming back the Ibero interns this summer!



Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has a long-standing history of service to immigrants. Primary among the immigrant groups we serve are Latinos. Recognizing the growth of the Latino community in Cook and Lake Counties, the Office of Latino Affairs was established in 2007. The focus of this office is three-fold:
A) Promote Catholic Charities services to Latinos through community outreach and education.
B) Identify unmet needs in the Latino community and work collaboratively toward creative solutions.
C) Act as a resource to parishes and community partners, streamlining the referral process for Latinos in need of services.

The Ibero Transnational Service Project (ITSP) started in 2007. This project is coordinated under the Office of Latino Affairs. This mutually beneficial initiative between Loyola University (Chicago), Iberoamericana University (Mexico) and Catholic Charities provides students from Mexico with an increased awareness of migration issues in the U.S. while providing culturally responsive services to Latino families participating in Catholic Charities programs. These bilingual and bicultural Mexican students are majoring in psychology, communication, international relations, law, nutrition, history, fashion design, art, among others. Most of the students come from Mexico City.

Homelessness has a very different face in Mexico. According to the Institute of Social Integration and Assistance, in 2017 there were 6,754 homeless persons in Mexico City. Eighty seven percent were men and twelve percent were women. Unfortunately, they suffer from discrimination and criminalization; there is a lack of support programs for them. This same year, the city of Chicago reported 5,657 homeless persons (sheltered and unsheltered); less women than men.

In this same year, the city of Chicago had 2.7 million people compared to Mexico City with 21.3 million (7.8 times larger than Chicago). Based on this information, the amount of homeless people in Mexico City is a lot less than in Chicago.

When the Ibero interns arrive to Catholic Charities, they realize the long lines of homeless clients and questions arise. The issue of not having a place to live is not very common in their country so this is a revelation of a social challenge. During their internship orientation, we talk about homelessness in Mexico and in the United States, how Catholic Charities is a beam of hope to persons experiencing this situation, the suppers at St. Vincent hall and After Supper Visions program.

All of them are very moved and willing to help. Some of them request cards with information about Catholic Charities so they are prepared in case someone asks them for help. We had some others that committed their time every Tuesday to help by serving supper. These Ibero interns graduated from college and every time they visit Chicago, they stop by Catholic Charities on a Tuesday to help again serving supper. One of them now brings his wife along.

For the past five years, Ibero summer interns have helped at the After Supper Visions event. We share with them the purpose of the event, proceeds from the money raised, visit Mary’s Closet so they can grasp the complete transformational process that our clients are about to have and they are going to witness. They help during the event by serving appetizers to our clients-artist and guests as well as helping buyers by filling out purchase forms. These are roles that they are not used to have. For some, this is the first time in their whole life that they are going to do something like this.

We have the case of an Ibero intern who was super shy and introverted but at the After Supper Visions event, she was the number one seller! When I asked how this did happen she shared with me that when she realized the impact that helping buyers filling out forms was going to have in the life of the artists, she decided to shake away her shyness and do her best.

The Ibero interns write a reflection after this experience and they discover the true meaning of serving others and the happiness that this brings to them. “Serving is not doing what I want but being there where they need me”, one of them expressed. They also realized the assumptions or stereotypes that they might have about homelessness and how these are shattered once they are placed in a different position. “It is amazing the empowerment that the client-artists have when they are proudly sharing their photographs. This experience have also transformed me and now I “see” a social challenge when in the past I was blind about it”, another commented.

We will continue supporting the After Supper Visions as every year. This is also a great opportunity for the Ibero interns to reflect about the need that Mexico has to respond in a better way to homelessness issue, especially if there might be an increase of migrant people living in the streets while waiting for asylum in the United States.

Through the Ibero Transnational Service Project, Catholic Charities is not only levering services to the Latino population in a culturally responsive manner. Catholic Charities is fulfilling the commitment of preparing future young Mexican leaders to become change agents to fight to what they believe is right, just and fair in a compassionate and professional way.

Dr. Cary Rositas-Sheftel has been working for Catholic Charities since 2013. She started with the Head Start-Child Development Centers by implementing a bilingual program and engaging Latino families in the education of their young children. Currently she is the Latino and University Manager at the Office of Latino Affairs. Previously, she worked as a professor of the school of education and psychology as well as the director of the Center for Solidarity and Philanthropy at Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. She loves working with Catholic Charities because of the alignment of its mission to her personal values. In her current position, she has the opportunity to strategically serve the Latino community as well as promote in college students the importance of serving others as part of their personal and professional life.




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