Chicago Steps Up for One Another 


Nothing could stop our fearless Chicagoan Women this Mother’s Day as they trekked up the 55 flight North Harbor Tower to raise money for infertility treatments. After weeks of gearing up, the Chicago Chesed Fund’s StepUp women’s tower climb was met with incredible success, generating tens of thousands of dollars to help women achieve the dream of motherhood.  

With a real energy and buzz, nearly 100 women came together to climb, motivating one another as onlookers cheered on their sisters, mothers, and daughters. At a far faster speed than anyone would have anticipated, our champions made it up to the top, many of whom remarked that the tremendous motivation they felt was partially responsible for their speed.  

The event was all about a community of women being there for other women and the sense of achdus that was felt made the event so much more powerful. The diverse group all came together as one community with the single-minded mission: helping to create more moms for Mother’s Day. In fact, the feedback was so positive that many have been responding that they cannot wait to be involved next year and would even welcome the opportunity to challenge themselves with a taller building! 

“The event response was enthusiastic, and women were happy to be involved in the cause—giving women who don’t have a chance to celebrate on Mother’s Day, a chance to celebrate next year,” said Shoshosha Moskowitz, Program and Volunteer Coordinator at the Chicago Chesed Fund.  

Following the climb, the women stuck around for an exclusive climbers after-party complete with a juice bar, photo booth, snacks, music, and StepUp swag, ensuring that they left refreshed and revitalized! 

Huge congratulations to our winners: Katarzyna Biernat in first place at 6:36 minutes, Dana Hunter in second place at 6:46 minutes, and Tobi Kost in third place at 7:18 minutes. And a huge shout out to Team Elzfit for raising the most money and to all the climbers who dedicated time and energy for the cause!  

A giant thank you goes to Tomer Bitton for giving StepUp the use of the North Harbor Tower and to all of the residents of the building for their support.  And of course, the event would not have been possible without our dedicated committee members—Rachel Alter, Eli Meystel, Sara Reifer, Melissa Shabat, and Mindi Zissman—and all of our event sponsors.