Who We Are

Meet The Witches

The Witches Night Out Joliet committee is comprised of 30+ working and retired professional women from all walks of life who want to make a difference for women who are in need of assistance. Net proceeds from the Witches Night Out Joliet Joliet event go to Will County 501(c)(3) Recipient Agencies serving area women and children. The Recipient Agencies selected to receive Witches Night Out Joliet funds provide vital support and services to help women secure their independence, regain their dignity, and become self-sufficient.

, We Are, Witches Night Out Joliet

Our Founding Witches

Sol Alba

Dante DiBartolo

Theresa Berkey

Catherine Caccavello

Maria Comolli

Barb Delaney

Co-Chair

Judy Erwin

Founder / Co-Chair

Mary Lou Gast

Roxane Geraci-Militello

Lauren McFarland

Kathy Mihelich

Founder / Co-Chair

Nathan Mihelich

Palma Mihelich

Alexis (Mihelich) O'Brien

Jackie O'Hara

Corine Ventura

2019 Committee Members

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Amirrah Abou-Youssef

Admissions / Media: Radio

Kim Adam

Costume Contest / Media: Social Media

Maria Amir

Decorations

Mary Barrett

Bank & Guest Services

Tiffany Behrens

Costume Contest Lead / Decorations / Secretary

Theresa Berkey

Co-President / Decorations Lead / Jacob Henry Mansion & Estate Lead

Tammy Cicora-Hayes

Media: Social Media Raffles / Door Prize: Split the Cauldron

Jenna Crago

Media Lead

Dalila Davila

Sponsorship

Nicole Degrave

Jacob Henry Mansion & Estate

Gianna Divisio

Decorations / Witches Bazaar

Lynn Divisio

Witches Bazaar Lead / Decorations

DebyJo Ericksen

Media: Press Releases

Judy Erwin

Founder & Co-President / Mystic Readers Lead / Decorations

Rita Facchina

Volunteer Management

Michele Gantzert

Sponsorship

Mary Lou Gast

Raffles & Door Prize: Raffle Baskets Decorations

Adrianne Gimenez

Costume Contest / Media: Social Media

Gina Glasgow

Raffles & Door Prize: Raffle Baskets

Nancy Graham

Volunteer Management Lead / Jacob Henry Mansion & Estate / Sponsorship

Laurie Keigher

Bank & Guest Services

Pat Ketelaar

Raffles & Door Prize: Raffle Baskets Lead

Ines Kutlesa

Volunteer Management

Paul Lauridsen

Bank & Guest Services

Jeanne Lazzara

Mystic Readers

Denise Maffeo

Sponsorship Lead / Decorations / Outside Contracts

Gloria Matis

Raffles & Door Prize: Split the Cauldron

Nicole Murray

Raffles & Door Prize: Raffle Baskets / Volunteer Management

Tanya Rand

Volunteer Management

Heidi Rigsby

Mystic Readers

Ellie Roth

Raffles & Door Prize: Raffle Baskets

David Sanders

Media: Program Book

Lisa Santella

Volunteer Management

Kim Singleton

Volunteer Management

Rachel Stukenberg

Costume Contest

Judy Tomasino

Raffles & Door Prize: Split the Cauldron Lead

Marcia VanNatta

Volunteer Management

Laura Waxweiler

Sponsorship

Katheryn Weidman

Bank & Guest Services Lead / Secretary

Anita Young

Media: Press Releases

A History Of Witches

, We Are, Witches Night Out Joliet

Meet the Founding Witches: Kathy Mihelich & Judy Erwin

It seems simple enough, two lifelong friends, Kathy Mihelich and Judy Erwin take a road trip to Southern Illinois in 2009 to visit a cute Halloween themed shopping faire, support local small businesses, and enjoy one another’s company. Little did they know that this fun trip would cast the spell and become the phenomenon that is Witches Night Out. While recounting the adventures of that 2009 road trip, the spark of the witch-spell began to take shape:  create a unique and affordable fundraising event to support social service organizations providing necessary services and support vital to the wellbeing of area women and children.

The magic of Witches Night Out began to take shape in 2010 as the date for the inaugural Witches Night Out was set for Thursday, October 28th. Kathy set out to find a 501(c)(3) sponsor, a venue suitable for such a creative event, artists to donate their talents and expertise, and to recruit friends and family as committee members. Judy sought out local vendors and hand-crafted artisans for the Witches Bazaar and Mystics to tell fortunes during the inaugural Witches Night Out. 

The newly formed Witches Night Out committee set out to find sponsors to support this magical event. Describing the concept of participating in and/or supporting a fundraising event where dressing up as a witch was the theme proved challenging and tricky to explain to potential sponsors and vendors. This merry band of witches were met with varied reactions; however, there was more enthusiasm than negativity which spurred them to continue planning.

In 2016, Kathy founded 501(c)(3) organization Events for a Cause to oversee Witches Night Out. Over the years, the Witches Night Out committee has grown from its original 16 members and United Way support to 40 committee members and recipient agency volunteers. The roles and faces have changed through the years. Each member contributes invaluable time and effort to the event—some participating for a year or two, others embarking on their tenth year of service. In 2018, encouraged by the overwhelming enthusiasm from the community, a second night of festivities was added to the yearly event, culminating in the gathering of over 3,000 witch attendees, sponsors, and volunteers over the two nights of Witches Night Out. In 2019, the event will once again entertain and inspire a sellout crowd over two nights.

Judy and Kathy can look back at the amazing accomplishment and a compassionate collaboration they have fostered over the past ten years of Witches Night Out. It is through the dedication and support of the Witches Night Out sponsors, donors, volunteers, and most of all, the attendees (our Witches) who come together for a wonderful time and a great purpose year after year. Since its inauguration, this event has distributed over $330,000 to its recipient agencies servicing the women and children of Will County. The spell is cast, with many more years of magic and service to come!

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Thank You For A Wickedly Good Time, & See You Next Year!

Who We Are

Witches Night Out Joliet is comprised of 30+ working and retired professional women from all walks of life who want to make a difference for women who are in need of assistance.

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Events For A Cause, Inc

Events for a Cause, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) organization that provides oversight to and management of Witches Night Out Joliet.

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