Category Archives: Non-Profits

YEPP Chicago Needs Your Help!

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The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is a unique youth theatre initiative that seeks a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth impacted by homelessness and housing instability to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece. In order to achieve its mission, they blend harm reduction, social justice, popular education, theatre of the oppressed, transformative and restorative justice work. YEPP is MOVEMENT BUILDING!

YEPP’s training program operates all year. However, within the course of six months, a cast led by director Bonsai Bermudez and supporting coordinators focus the work towards developing an original production to be shown in January 22, 23, 24, and 29, 30, 31 of 2016, at the Athenaeum Theatre.

What makes us unique? Our approach blends art, social justice and healing work in a way that encourages our ensemble members to create a performance that celebrates the strengths and advocates the needs of this often overlooked aspect of society.

We need your support. Annual funding assists our ensemble with the provision of a safe space, meals, transportation, workshops, and individual stipends.  HELP NOW!

Act now! Whether or not you are able to make a monetary contribution, we invite you to be a part of our community and keep up with YEPP news through our website at www.WeSayYEPP.com.

Chicago’s PRIDE ACTION TANK

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Pride Action Tank, a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy and action, is launching this month as a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).

Kim L. Hunt, former executive director of Affinity Community Services, will be Pride Action Tank’s executive director. Tracy Baim, founder of Pride Action Tank, will be the president of its advisory board.

The work of Pride Action Tank focuses on six overlapping issue areas: housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.

Pride Action Tank will bring together and support the work of subject matter experts as well as people directly impacted by challenges facing the LGBTQ community to envision and realize practical and longer-term policy solutions. Moreover, Pride Action Tank will fuel collaborations among organizations, departments, experts, policymakers and community members in order to fill in gaps and ensure better supports for all people in LGBTQ communities.

The mission of Pride Action Tank is to “improve the health, safety and progress of individuals and groups within the LGBTQ community by inspiring, supporting and leading collaborative action that improves policy, service, access and community dynamics in the core areas of housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.”

Sign up to receive updates and action alerts from Pride Action Tank!

World of Chocolate 2015

 

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SAVE  THE DATE!!!

 

The BIGGEST and MOST DECADENT party  of the holiday season  returns, December 3rd  to Chicago’s gorgeous Union Station! Sip cocktails, sample outrageous chocolate concoctions  and socialize  to benefit Aids Foundation of Chicago.  Tickets on sale  Oct. 21st!

 

Alexandra Billings Nov. 2nd

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Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit – Simply Sensational –  celebrates Chicago legend Alexandra Billings.

WGN’s Dean Richards serves again as the emcee. Billings will headline the event on Monday, November 2 that will  feature Pride Films and Plays’ Company Members, along with several guest performers. It will be a magical and moving event indeed!

A select number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $175, and include a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. with appetizers and open wine bar at the Marketa Sivek Gallery at 1123 West Belmont.  VIP ticket holders also enjoy reserved center-section seating for the 7:15 pm performance at Stage 773 at 1225 W. Belmont, and a post-show meet-and-greet reception and photo opportunity with Miss Billings and the cast.  General Admission tickets are $75 and include the performance and a post-show reception. Tickets can be purchased here.

Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. She stars as Davina in Amazon’s multi-award winning television series ‘Transparent’  and she has been seen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘E.R.,’ and ‘Nurses’ among others. She has acted in Chicago and across the United States, in many instances being the first transgender actress to tackle rolls like Mama Rose in Gypsy.  She has worked at Bailiwick Repertory, Court Theater, and Steppenwolf, and has performed Off-Broadway. Ms. Billings’ activism stretches across the continent. She was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2007. Living with AIDS since the mid-eighties, she chronicles her life’s journey in her blog ‘Stilettos and Sneakers’ and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her life story “From Schoolboy to Showgirl” produced by Alex Silets (WTTW) was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Documentary category.

Tickets for Simply Sensational can be purchased here.

Caitlyn Jenner in Chicago Nov. 12th

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Caitlyn Jenner, Olympian and recent winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 7th annual Chicago House Speaker Series luncheon, being held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30 am – 2 pm.

Now in its 30th year, Chicago House is the Midwest’s oldest provider of housing for those impacted by HIV/AIDS and/or LGBTQ marginalization, and is now home to the nation’s most comprehensive social service and support programs for transgender individuals, the TransLife Center.

The Chicago House Speaker Series luncheon brings awareness to the agency’s founding mission, domestic and global HIV and AIDS activism, as well as its new strategic focus, combating LGBTQ poverty and marginalization, while celebrating the accomplishments Chicago House has achieved locally and raising funds to support the more than 1,800 men, women and children they serve.

This year’s Speaker Series will be especially effective at highlighting the marginalization and suffering disproportionately experienced by transgender individuals. Offending the values of fairness and equity, transgender men and women face enormous intertwining barriers to stability due to discrimination, societal and family rejection, and pervasive hostility. More than a quarter of transgender persons reports having lost a job due to their gender identity and more than half reports having difficulty finding a job because of their identity.

THIS WILL  SELL OUT!    GET TICKETS!

AIDS Walk Chicago 2015 Sept. 26th

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Runners, walkers will put their feet down at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 26


Thousands expected to gather at annual day of remembrance, fundraising and awareness

 

WHAT:                Chicago-area residents will gather to change the HIV epidemic at the 14th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5k walk and the 5k/10k runs will stretch along Lake Michigan.

WGN-TV’s Dean Richards will be the master of ceremonies for the morning’s festivities, which will include brief speeches by AFC President/CEO John Peller and two longtime HIV advocates, Evany Turk and Patricia Johnson.

The opening ceremony will also include a performance from the Broadway musical RENT by Artists Giving Back, which is producing a production of “RENT” to benefit AFC on Dec. 1. Afterward, participants will warm up before their run or walk with Fitness Formula Club trainer Joy Miles.

Panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on display, and free HIV testing will be available on site.

Funds raised through AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit programs and services for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 35 other metropolitan organizations that provide life-saving services to people living with HIV and AIDS. Since it was established in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has netted nearly $5 million to battle the epidemic.

For more information, visit aidsrunwalk.org or call 312-334-0946.

 

WHO:   Media are invited to attend the event and speak with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s President/CEO, John Peller, as well as additional AIDS Foundation of Chicago representatives, event volunteers and race participants.

 

 

 

WHEN:                                Saturday, Sept. 26*

7:15        Registration and packet pickup open

8:00       Opening Ceremony begins

8:25       Warm-up stretch led by Joy Miles of Fitness Formula Clubs

8:45       10k run start

8:50       5k run start

9:05       Walk start

9:30       The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt display opens

10:00    Closing Ceremony begins

*Times are subject to change. Check aidsrunwalk.org for more details.

WHERE:             Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Dr., Chicago, IL 60605)
*Media may park at Waldron Garage (600 E Waldron Dr., Chicago). Parking fees apply.

RENT to Benefit AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The hit musical "Rent" returns to the Keller Auditorium, June 23-28.

Local startup nonprofit Artists Giving Back announced today that tickets for its World AIDS Day production of the musical RENT are officially on sale.

World AIDS Day RENT is the inaugural production for Artists Giving Back, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Chicago performers and professionals who have a passion for the arts and for giving back to the community. This one-night engagement production will take place on Worlds AIDS Day – December 1, 2015 – and all net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Artists Giving Back’s philanthropic partner in and beneficiary of the production.

 

Additionally, Artists Giving Back is thrilled to announce that LGBT singer/songwriter superstar and Chicagoland native, Steve Grand, will be joining the cast as a special featured guest artist.  Mr. Grand, singer of the viral sensation “All-American Boy,” released his independent debut album, also titled “All-American Boy,” in March of 2015, which landed the #3 spot on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. Mr. Grand will perform “Seasons of Love” during the production, and will attend the RENT cast-and-audience after party, which will be hosted by Progress Bar (3359 N. Halsted, Chicago).

 

When addressing the choice of RENT for Artists Giving Back’s inaugural production, Artistic Director Peter Ruger had this to say: “Rent is a show that has inspired me for years.  The passion of the music and the story, and the connection I felt to the wonderful characters brought me not only to the fight against AIDS, but also helped guide me to my life as a singer.  I’m so excited that we at Artists Giving Back are getting to share this amazing show with Chicago to celebrate World AIDS Day 2015.  I hope it touches our audience as much as it’s touched me over the years.”

 

Artists Giving Back’s World AIDS Day RENT will take place at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can buy them from the Athenaeum Theatre’s website, www.athenaeumtheatre.org, under “buy tickets.”

 

Performance Details:

World AIDS Day RENT

7:30pm, December 1, 2015

Athenaeum Theatre      2936 N. Southport Avenue       Chicago, IL

 

About Artists Giving Back:

 

Artists Giving Back is a Chicago-based startup nonprofit founded by local performers and professionals who feel that the arts are a perfect vehicle for advancing philanthropic and charitable endeavors. Artists Giving Back’s mission statement proclaims:

 

We believe in philanthropy through self-expression and creativity. Through the production of art in all its forms—music, dance, drama, visual—we aim to support artists and our community. Artists Giving Back is an opportunity to interact with our community through the healing power of art.

 

Artists Giving Back aims to enrich the community in two primary ways: first, by providing quality artistic experiences to the public, and second, by donating all proceeds raised from its productions and artistic endeavors to local charities. While a new organization – Artists Giving Back was incorporated as a nonprofit in February 2015 – Artists Giving Back is proud to say that it is already full steam ahead on its inaugural production of RENT. More information about Artists Giving Back can be found on its website, www.artistsgivingback.org.

 

The production of Artists Giving Back World AIDS Day RENT is entirely funded by tax-deductible donations from individuals and organizations. Anyone interested in donating to Artists Giving Back can do so through the Artists Giving Back website.

Dance for Life Breaks Records

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A record-breaking number of more than 2,200 guests arrived at the Dance for Life benefit performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on Aug. 15.

The awe-inspiring performance, featuring seven of Chicago’s top dance companies, grossed more than $335,000 to support the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dancer’s Fund.

 

Dance for Life remains the only annual opportunity for the incredibly talented, world-renowned professional dancers of Chicago to unite artistically to help those in their own community and the greater Chicago area affected by HIV/AIDS and other critical health issues,” said Anthony Guerrero, Dance for Life’s director.

 

This year’s performance was preceded by a gala reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, where guests enjoyed a variety of savory and sweet appetizers and refreshing cocktails. Guests also tried their luck in the annual raffles to win one of three different travel and dance packages. Prizes included round-trip Southwest plane tickets, dance classes, tickets to the Sesame Street Studio Tour, and much more.

 

After the reception, shuttle buses were provided for the dance enthusiasts to the Auditorium Theatre for the unique performance, featuring the hilarious and talented Joey Bland and Tim Mason of The Second City as emcees. In between the dances, the actors entertained the audience with jokes and showed video footage of them attempting to learn how to dance.

 

The show opened with the graceful Joffrey Ballet, who performed an excerpt from “Viva Vivaldi”. The dancers displayed crisp and clean choreography while the joyful music from the classic composer filled the auditorium.

 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago had the house in awe with its two contrasting numbers. The first was “Second to Last”, which showcased elegant dancers gliding across the floor. The second number, “Wicked Heart” was from its collaboration with The Second City’s “The Art of Falling”, which featured a comical duet between a man and his blow-up doll.

 

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s toe-tapping number “In the Beginning” was unique because the dancers had no soundtrack to go with their performance – the only thing the audience could hear was the blend of different rhythms from their tap shoes.

 

Act I closed with Giordano Dance Chicago’s jazzy arrangement of “Feelin’ Good Sweet”, which featured sultry, Fosse-style dance moves to an original arrangement of “Get Happy” and incidental music.

 

C5 opened Act II with “Garland Suite”, featuring the nostalgic music of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. Dancers performed on five large swings wearing gowns and tuxedos to keep the performance lighthearted while channeling Garland’s spirit.

 

After C5 left the stage, the emcees drew the raffle tickets while the artists of LEVELdance danced to various uplifting tunes that matched the “lucky” theme.

 

Same Planet Different World was next with “To Have and To Hold,” a jaw-dropping, mesmerizing spectacle of tumbling and rolling on and off rows of long wooden benches.

 

River North Dance Chicago impressed the audience with its strong yet vulnerable choreography in excerpts from “In the End”. The dancers were only wearing briefs, so every single movement stood out.

 

To close the show, renowned choreographer Randy Duncan brought down the house with the passionate finale “Stand By Me,” dedicated in memory of choreographer Paul Christiano, who passed away this year. This was the first time Duncan held open auditions for the finale, so there were many enthusiastic and fresh new faces onstage.

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Legal Council for Health Justice

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Acclaimed Chicago-area HIV Legal Services Nonprofit Expands Mission, Changes Name to “Legal Council for Health Justice”

One of the region’s most respected nonprofit organizations, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, is changing its name to Legal Council for Health Justice. The new name reflects an agency expansion from single-disease services and advocacy on behalf of individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS to more broadly use the power of the law to build better lives across the lifespan of vulnerable people and communities challenged by chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health conditions.

The change is the result of an 18-month transformation which merged three established nonprofit programs — AIDS Legal Council, Homeless Outreach Project, and Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children – under one roof. In doing so, the agency has created one of the largest independent organizations in the country built entirely around delivery of legal services through models of care known as medical-legal partnerships (“MLPs”), forming a Midwestern hub of MLP program and policy development.

The medical-legal partnership approach aims to improve the well-being of people and communities by leading health, public health, and legal sectors in an integrated, “upstream” approach to combatting health-harming social conditions. The three programs will keep their names and continue to each grow high-quality education, client service, and policy work – just under the ‘umbrella’ of the new agency name. Current health and human service partners include Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Fantus Clinic, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Comer Children’s Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Howard Brown Health Center, TPAN, Austin Health Center, Friend Family Health Center, and Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

In the past fiscal year, agency programs have trained more than 1000 clinicians and clients, provided direct legal representation to almost 1500 adults, children, and their families, and made significant contributions to improving access and engagement in community well-being and economic security. Notably, AIDS Legal Council partnered with AIDS Foundation of Chicago with pro bono assistance from law firm Jenner & Block to make Illinois the first state in the nation to explicitly prohibit discrimination against persons with HIV in insurance plans. Since then, insurers across the nation have voluntarily followed suit. Similarly, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children was instrumental in protecting eligibility for Early Intervention, an early childhood program that helps close the gaps for infants and toddlers with developmental delays, from being cut in half. This program was also the force behind a key report in 2015 that triggered successful legislation (Public Act 099-0325) ensuring that students in charter schools have the same health and safety protections as students in district-run public schools statewide.

Most recently, the agency has been in the news for its leadership in two class action lawsuits to spur the State of Illinois to release payments for Medicaid-funded health services to medical providers statewide (Memisovski v. Maram and Beeks v. Bradley) despite a state budget impasse which began on July 1, 2015. This effort is the result of a decades-long collaboration between the Legal Council for Health Justice and the Shriver Center with pro bono assistance from law firm Goldberg Kohn. The litigation is presently pending.

LEGAL COUNCIL FOR HEALTH JUSTICE

About Face Theatre Fundraising

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For the last two decades, About Face Theatre has been committed to giving a voice to stories that express the diverse, complex, emotional lives of the LGBTQIA community. In that time, you’ve filled our theatres, contributed to our fundraising campaigns, volunteered your time and otherwise expressed your support for our vision and for that we are so grateful.  Without you, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today!

 

This summer, we close out a star-studded 19th year of rave reviews, Jeff recommendations and sold out houses.  As we set our sights on a momentous 20th season, we invite you to renew your commitment to presenting adventurous LGBTQIA theatre by joining us as a 20th season donor!

 

Chicago House Trans Event August 29

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TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio will again take place at Kinowerks Studio, founded by the Wachowski Siblings, Creators of The Matrix Trilogy.

 

The 2nd annual TransReelization film fest, features a selection of films highlighting Transgender characters and stories. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House – TransLife Center, which continues to deliver the nation’s most comprehensive programming to Chicago’s transgender community.

This years honoree is COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), who is being honored for her continued advocacy and support of the Transgender community. Read her full bio here.

VIP Guests will meet and mingle with stars from Netflix’s new hit show, “Sense8,” receive a private tour of Kinowerks Studio led by movie writer, producer and director, Lana Wachowski, watch an exclusive behind the scenes film about the making of “Sense8,” with live commentary by Lana Wachowski, and receive a gift bag of swag from some of Netflix’s top shows.

All guests will enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and be able to bid on unique silent auction items. Guests will also have an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the 20,000-square foot movie production studio. Renowned for its “cleverly sustainable design elements and the best of green technology,” the studio is a museum of Wachowski artifacts, trophies and memorabilia from their films.

 

MORE  INFO   HERE

AIDS RUN WALK Chicago 2015

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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago is AFC’s grassroots fundraising event where people from all walks of life help change the story of HIV in our lifetime.

As beneficiaries of the event, AFC and our CommunityDirect partners are greatly impacted – beyond just the obvious ways.

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago stands up to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS allowing progress to continue toward ending the epidemic. Run & Walk invigorates the sector by increasing awareness for the cause, growing our passionate community and allowing new leaders to emerge.

In 2014, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago raised over $394,000 net to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Over and above that, we granted $240,000 to our CommunityDirect partners. These funds allow us to continue saving and improving the lives of those living with or at risk for HIV.

SIGN UP TODAY!!

Joey Kisling Fund Raiser

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Most everyone in Chicago is thinking about the upcoming weekend and Market Days  and how they plan to celebrate  and party  with friends……no one really thinks  about  if they will even be alive to enjoy it. They just assume, they will be.

 

If you knew how much time you had left in this world, what would you do?  Quit your job?  Travel?  See all the places you ever wanted to see?  Take every risk you feared before?  Eat all the things?  Would you make a bucket list?

I know that thinking about your fatality is not necessarily enjoyable, but imagining that you could live out the rest of your life without worry, without financial burdens, and instead with freedom and clarity certainly sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Magical, even; romantic, like something that only happens in movies.

This is a chance for YOU to make this dream a reality for someone.

Boystown’s beloved Joey Kisling, at the young age of 31,
has fallen victim to the monster that is cancer.  An aggressive, rare, and terminal cancer, and he needs our help.

Joey has been a bartender and DJ in Chicago for years.  He’s probably poured you a shot, danced with you, inspired you to Shazam something from one of his mixes; he’s probably made you smile.

Now it is our turn to make him smile, to help him live out the rest of his life just as he wants.  Let us work together to send him to sandy beaches in far away lands, let’s send him to rooftop pools in swanky hotels in Paris and Berlin.  Let’s send him to The Big Easy and then Tahiti to enjoy cocktails with tiny umbrellas at swim-up bars.

Let’s help him do it because he deserves it; let’s do it because it would be amazing if someone did the same for you.

Please consider donating any amount to this fund.  No amount is too big or too small; Joey will appreciate every cent.  And he will appreciate every single one of you- even more than he did before.

TUESDAY  August 11th    TAT TUESDAYS @ REPLAY for also host a fund raiser!

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Chicago AIDS Walk Sept. 26th

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“Put your foot down.” That’s the message behind this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and benefiting 35 other community organizations — known as CommunityDirect partners — on Sept. 26 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

 

“We want supporters to put their foot down and make a difference in this epidemic, especially among communities most impacted by HIV,” said AFC President/CEO John Peller. “At the biggest annual HIV awareness event in Chicago, we want to make it clear that new HIV infections can be a thing of the past if we put the right resources in the right places — including AFC and our 35 CommunityDirect partners.”

The 35 CommunityDirect partners that will raise funds through this year’s event will receive 90% of all money raised by their teams. Last year, the 32 CommunityDirect teams raised a combined $270,000.

The aim of the event — and the CommunityDirect program — is to support HIV/AIDS programs and services across Chicago, particularly in neighborhoods most affected by the epidemic.

“There are uncertain times ahead for many human services providers in Illinois,” said Simone Koehlinger, Senior Vice President of Programming. “AIDS Run & Walk Chicago  brings funds and awareness to organizations having a significant impact on the HIV community — organizations that are making communities healthier and stronger.”

The CommunityDirect partners serving the South Side are Black Methodists for Church Renewal, COIP/UIC School of Public Health, Greater Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, Men & Women in Prison Ministries, Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation and the University of Chicago (Care2Prevent).

Those serving the North Side are Asian Human Services, Center on Halsted, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Howard Brown Health Center and Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).

CommunityDirect partners on the West Side include the Austin CBC Initiative, CALOR, Children’s Place Association, Erie Family Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, New Age Services, Project Vida, Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Vida/SIDA) and Taskforce Prevention and Community Services.

 

Organizations that provide citywide services are the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Chicago Recovery Alliance, Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, FCAN, Heartland Health Outreach, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), The Night Ministry, Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center and Season of Concern.

 

And finally, AFC is proud to partner with organizations that serve people outside of Chicago: Canticle Ministries, Open Door Clinic and Youth Outlook.

 

Event registration is $40 in advance for 5k walkers and $50 for 5k or 10k runners. To register as an individual or as a team, or to donate to a CommunityDirect team, visit aidsrunwalk.org or call 312-334-0946. Online registration ends Sept. 20

Put your foot down to end new HIV infections

To give both AIDS Run & Walk Chicago participants and HIV advocates a way to express their demand for better support for HIV prevention and services, AFC is leading a social media campaign from now through Sept. 26 that invites people to “put their feet down” for the cause.

Participants are invited to print a template and write the reason they “put their foot down” to change the epidemic. They can then take a photo of the template with their foot, post to their social media platforms with the hashtag #aidsrunwalkchicago and share it with their communities. More information about the campaign and a link to the template can be found at aidsrunwalk.org.

Dance For Life Chicago August 15th

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Dance for Life: Dancers Unite to Inspire Chicago from Center Stage
Chicago’s Top Dance Troupes Raise Funds and Awareness for HIV/AIDS on Aug. 15

 

Experience a night of breathtaking performances as seven of Chicago’s top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life. With thought provoking choreography and poignant music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to support organizations and dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, through the art of dance. Since 1992, Dance for Life has raised millions of dollars to support the cause.

This year, the funny and talented Joey Bland and Tim Mason from The Second City will emcee the night. Choreographer Randy Duncan will bring his highly acclaimed work STAND BY ME with special music arrangement by Ira Antelis to the Auditorium Theatre as Dance for Life’s finale. Performing group C5 will also present a show stopping world premiere.

Dance for Life believes in cultivating young talent in the Chicago dance community and giving them the opportunity to shine. That’s why for the first time ever, the finale will feature local professional dancers that were selected through a special audition.

Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers’ Fund.

Participating Companies Include:

• Giordano Dance Chicago
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
• Joffrey Ballet
• River North Dance Chicago
• C5
• Chicago Human Rhythm Project
• Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre

 

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
7:30 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)
*Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.

COST: $15-$75 (performance only)
$250- $600 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance)
To purchase tickets, please call 312-922-5812 or visit www.danceforlifechicago.org

 

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AIDS Foundation Chicago

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IN THIS MOMENT

Learn how the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has worked to change the HIV epidemic over the past 30 years — and how together we can change the future of HIV through breakthrough resources like PrEP, the Affordable Care Act and Treatment as Prevention.

MAKE THIS MOMENT MATTER

This moment in the history of HIV relies on your support. Make a donation to AFC today.

Help us share this pivotal moment by using #30YearsofAction.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO

 

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) commemorated its 30th year of action in the HIV/AIDS community with a celebratory gala on Saturday, May 16, at the Hilton Chicago. The milestone event hosted 680 guests and raised significant funds for ongoing prevention, care and advocacy services in the fight against HIV epidemic nationwide. Actress Amy Landecker, of the Golden Globe award-winning series Transparent, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

President/CEO John Peller set the tone for the evening with powerful remarks about the evolution of the HIV/AIDS community.

“New cases have been cut by 40 percent in the past decade, but with that progress came apathy. We have made great strides over the years but AIDS is still a problem and we must not lose this moment to continue the fight,” Peller stated.

Abraham Lincoln was a Faggot

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About Face Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of

ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS
A     F*GG*T

JUNE 5TH thru JULY 5TH
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p | Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 3:00p  @ The Greenhouse Theater Center

The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music-infused quest as 17 year old Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president. ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T is a clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now.

Grab your tickets early – Previews start June 5th!
Follow the hashtag #ALWAF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for behind-the-scenes content and Abe-inspired fun!  This week, learn what this vintage book has to do with the play’s saucy title (and why it’s not called ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A GAY GUY.)

Luxury Get Away Travel Prizes

aids-foundation-chicago-travel-prizesAIDS Foundation of Chicago celebrates next week with a huge   30th Year Gala held on May 16 to commemorate AFC’s innovative work and leadership in the HIV/AIDS community.

The Gala planning committee has worked hard to create these Luxury Vacation Raffle Packages shown below. If you can’t make it to the event, raffle tickets are the perfect way to support us as we turn 30 because you don’t need to attend the Gala to enter.

Raffle tickets are available online at the following levels: eight tickets for $200; three tickets for $100; one ticket for $50. Purchase tickets for your chance to win one of our alluring vacation packages.

Renaissance Resort & CasinoLuxury Vacation #1: Enjoy a private beach in Aruba for three nights at the Renaissance Resort & Casino (pictured to the right). This travel package includes GayOrbitz.com vouchers for round-trip travel for two and an Off-Road Island Tour. Get more details on this trip.

Total package value: $2,780

The SurreyLuxury Vacation #2: Stay on the Upper East Side of New York City at The Surrey (pictured to the left). This travel package includes a $500 American Airlines voucher, breakfast for two at Café Boulud and a Greenwich Village High Line Park and Food Tour. Enjoy a rooftop garden and so much more on this luxurious trip.

Total package value: $1,450

Purchase raffle tickets online.

Thank you for supporting AIDS Foundation Chicago!

MotorBall Returns to Detroit June 5th

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Detroit isn’t necessarily on everyone’s radar as a gay summer dance destination, but a non-profit organization is changing that. MotorBall, back for its second year, kicks off LGBT Pride Month with a weekend of events June 5-7, 2015.
After a nearly 11 year hiatus, MotorBall was resurrected in 2014 for a 20th Anniversary celebration. With a limited budget and a small group of volunteers, MotorBall 2014 was a success, raising nearly $7,000 for Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC). Thrilled with the results, MAC reached out to the founders of MotorBall, Geared For Life (GFL), and brought the event into MAC’s portfolio of fundraisers, which provide much needed funds for outreach, education, and prevention services in Michigan’s HIV/AIDS community.
MotorBall’s history is rich and spans over a decade. Originally created in 1994, the “GEAR Party,” which stood for “Generating Education, Awareness, and Respect,” was held at The Majestic Ballroom in Detroit. “The first party was so fun and went off without a hitch – even after two power surges blew the circuits at The Majestic,” says Tracy Hoffman, one of the founding members of Geared for Life.
The first event raised more than $15,000 for area HIV/AIDS organizations providing critical services in the height of the epidemic. The following years continued to raise funds – $200,000 in total – until the event was retired in 2005.
The parties, in their heyday, were held at various venues throughout Metro Detroit and brought in major DJs, entertainers, and out-of-town supporters. Centaur Music even produced three albums for MotorBall in its Party Groove lineup. MotorBall’s storied and proud history as one of the great circuit parties in the US and included performances by DJs Susan Morabito, Paulo, Tracy Young, Julian Marsh, Manny Lehman, Teri Bristol, Billy Carroll, Chuck Arida, the late-great BUC, Alyson Calagna, Maryalice, David Knapp, and so many more who all spun at the event.
The current organizers of MotorBall are a mix of alum from years past and some new faces.  Terry Ryan, CEO of MAC, says, “I’ve always cherished my memories and the friends I made at this event and am glad that we’ve been able to bring the MotorBall brand back.”
Eddie Mulak, MotorBall’s Event Director for 2015, remembers the first MotorBall and aims to bring the event back to its must-attend status. “Detroit it primed to host a world-class event for the LGBT community again. I’m proud to be entrusted with guiding this party back to a must-attend event.”
Joining the team again this year is Derek Zachariah, who originally became involved with Geared For Life and MotorBall twenty years ago. Asked to play a key role in last year’s Anniversary party, Zachariah also sits on the Board of AIDS Walk Detroit and is deeply involved with Michigan Greyhound Connection and other local non-profits. GFL founders and alum Tracy Hoffman and John Joanette join the team as consultants.
MotorBall kicks off in Detroit with its Opening Party 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 5 at Club Gold Coast with DJ Josh Karmin (Detroit/Toronto). MotorBall 2015 will be held from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at St Andrew’s Hall and The Shelter, featuring DJ Chris Spinazzola (Chicago), DJ Steve Dearborn (Detroit), DJ Lena (Detroit), and DJ Mike Trombley (Macho City/Detroit).  MotorBall is an Official After-Party of Motor City Pride. To purchase tickets, and more information, please visit www.MotorBall.org or www.MichiganAIDSCoalition.org.

Chicago House Spring Fashion Brunch

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A sell-out year after year, the Spring Brunch and Fashion Show is an annual rite for Chicago House supporters and sponsors alike. After a lavish brunch,  attendees  were treated with a  runway fashion show  featuring  exclusive men’s and women’s fashions from local greats.

MANY MORE PHOTOS  HERE

In the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, nearly 100 activists met at the historic Baton Show Lounge to address the dire need for housing for Chicagoans living with AIDS. On September 9, 1985, Chicago House was incorporated in Illinois as not-for-profit the goal of providing housing for those with AIDS.

FOR 30  YEARS  Chicago House and Social Service agency  has served individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs.

 

Please visit  their site and be sure to LIKE them on Facebook!

AIDS Foundation Gala May 16th

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The BIGGEST Gala of the year  is just 2 weeks  away!

An incredible evening to remember and raise funds!

Plan to arrive at 6 pm! You will punch your way to prizes at our interactive and celebrated punch board (details coming soon) and enter chances to win a luxury vacation to Aruba or New York City in our raffle while sipping on spirits and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres

·         Amy Landecker, star in Amazon Prime’s series Transparent and former AFC staff member, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies

·         Tom Kehoe will receive the Community Impact Award; Ernie Rodriguez will receive the Lori Kaufman Volunteer Award

·         Paddles will raise during our live auction for luxury vacations to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Coronado Island

·         Paddles will raise again in honor of AFC’s innovative work in the community

·         DJKiss will get you grooving to the best beats in town—dancing until midnight!

TICKETS HERE!

 

ALSO Save these dates!

Team to End AIDS Endurance Training Program Registration

August 15, 2015—Dance for Life

September 26, 2015—AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

December 3, 2015—World of Chocolate

Spring Fashion Brunch May 3rd

GOING…GOING…..ALMOST  GONE!

This event sells out every year – and there are only a few seats  left!

The Chicago House  annual

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show 2015!
Sunday, May 3             Noon – 3:30 PM

Winter Garden Ballroom

Harold Washington Library | 400 S State Street

BUY TICKETS

This year’s Brunch event is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion. In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years. The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year! EVERYONE  dresses to impress!

Sip  cocktails  and mingle  and browse the fantastic silent auction items.

After a lavish brunch by Jewell Events Catering, guests will turn to the runway and feast their eyes on elite fashions from Chicago’s best boutiques and most forward-thinking designers! Intermingled with the amazing displays of fashion will be thrilling musical and dance performances.

GET  A TICKET WHILE THEY LAST! BUY TICKETS

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Chicago Dining Out For Life April 30th

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Local Chicago nonprofit, EdgeAlliance, has this month announced more than 70 restaurants to participate in city-wide event, Dining Out for Life, to benefit and geared towards improving the lives of homeless persons living with AIDS.

In its 22nd year, Dining Out for Life brings restaurants and diners across the city together to rally around a pressing cause for Chicago; homelessness. Be part of a movement where millions of people across 60 cities come-out to dine-out on April 30th, “Dining Out for Life”, a campaign that annually raises $4 million in support of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

EdgeAlliance is doing their part in Chicago by connecting more than 12,000 people and 115 community partners with over 80 restaurants in support of our mission of providing quality and affordable housing to those who are most in need.

Rick Roman, co-owner of The Signature Room at the 95th, and Honorary Chair of Dining Out for Life/Chicago 2015, reaffirmed that local restaurants have always been fully supportive of HIV/AIDS research and programming in this city. “We at The Signature Room at the 95th welcome the opportunity to show support for EdgeAlliance and their Dining Out for Life campaign by being a participating restaurant. Our shared support with residents of Chicago – to uphold the traditions of good taste and community engagement – makes this venture a natural fit,” he said. Participating restaurants around Chicago will donate a portion of their proceeds to EdgeAlliance, allowing its residents to sustain healthy lives through affordable housing and programming. Chicago is one of 60 cities across the United States and Canada participating in the event, making Dining Out for Life the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country!

Actress and advocate Pam Grier joined Dining Out For Life as co-spokesperson (with Food Network host Ted Allen) to help raise support. “There is a resurgence of HIV among youth, gay men, women and ethnic minorities due to lack of education and the misperception that the epidemic is over and curable. Awareness and funds are declining – but you can help. Dine out on Thursday, April 24th for the most satisfying meal you’ll have all year.”

For more information on Dining Out for Life, please contact Joey Wasserman, Campaign Development Manager at 202-765-7442 or Jwasserman@edgealliance.org. Visit the official Dining Out for Life website at www.diningoutforlife.com/chicago for full list of participating restaurants.

Spring Brunch and Fashion Show Chicago House

The Chicago House Board of Trustees enthusiastically

invites you to the annual 

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show 2015!
Sunday, May 3

Noon – 3:30 PM

Winter Garden Ballroom

Harold Washington Library | 400 S State Street

THIS ALWAYS SELLS  OUT!   DON’T  WAIT!

BUY TICKETS

This year’s Brunch event is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion.  In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years.  The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year!

After a lavish brunch by Jewell Events Catering, guests will turn to the runway and feast their eyes on elite fashions from Chicago’s best boutiques and most forward-thinking designers!  Intermingled with the amazing displays of fashion will be thrilling musical and dance performances.

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Book of Mormon Chicago Cabaret April 20th

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Next Monday, join the cast of Book of Mormon as they ditch the white shirts, the black ties and the nametags and belt out their favorite cabaret tunes! Be a part of the captivated audience for this special event featuring some of the biggest voices on Broadway! Proceeds benefit Chicago House and Broadway Cares. Bring your friends…what else do you have to do on a Monday night?? 

 

$30 Balcony Seating Ticket

$50 General Seating Ticket

$100 VIP Seating: includes exclusive after-party meet & greet with cast at Wilde Bar & Restaurant!

more information, please visit www.chicagohouse.org

Purchase your tickets now for this one-of-a-kind cabaret event!
TICKETS

Chicago Gay Mens Chorus Auction

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CGMC’s Annual Fundraiser, The Big Package Auction, is taking place on Saturday, April 18th at SIDETRACK from 5 – 8 PM with a special VIP reception from 4 – 5 PM.

The event will be hosted by the legendary Lady Bunny!

– Get Your Tickets Now –
(Seriously, before they’re all gone)
Tickets are limited with our early-bird prices:

VIP – $100
General Admission – $40 ($50 after April 13th!)

VIP Tickets include a pre-show Meet and Greet and photo opportunity with Lady Bunny, a preview of the Silent Auction, one-hour of open bar, Garrett’s Popcorn Bar, catered food from the delicious Shaw’s Crab House, a swag bag, and early admission to the Live Auction area before General Admission. Plus all the benefits provided the General Admission patrons.

General Admission tickets include two drink tickets, catering from Bar Pastoral, Petterino’s Restaurant, and Revival Social Club, and access to both our Live and Silent Auctions!

TAKE SNEAK A PEAK AT THE BIG PACKAGES
We’ve got six really great Live Auction Packages planned for this year’s event. See below for a sneak peak of two of them. Keep an out eye on our social media to learn more about these two fabulous packages and more this week.

The ultimate movie lover’s package will provide you with a trip to LA and an invitation for two (2) to the exclusive Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on the night of the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony.

Bound to be a magical holiday treat, this package includes a trip to Washington DC with an invite for two (2) to decorate the White House for Christmas and to attend the opening White House Holiday Reception.

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Aids Foundation Chicago Gala in May

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The biggest GALA  of the year!

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago, we will gather together as Illinois’ strongest HIV/AIDS community to commemorate AFC’s three decades as a leader in the fight against HIV.

It’s the right time to change the story of HIV, but we can only move forward with your unwavering support.

“Our 30th Year Gala will be a rallying point for our most dedicated supporters to stand with AFC in this unprecedented moment in history. Recent medical breakthroughs and shifts in the health care landscape have put AFC in its strongest position ever to prevent new infections and better support people living with HIV and AIDS.”

The evening will include:

  • A program led by Amy Landecker, who stars in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning TV series Transparent
  • A vacation auction and raffle
  • Dinner
  • Dancing to music by DJ Kiss
  • Live Auction includes luxurious vacations to Hawaii and Las Vegas
  • Raffle includes vacations to Aruba and NYC
  • A punch board full of prizes from Chicago restaurants, theaters, spas and more.

AFC will  be honoring Thomas Kehoe with the Community Impact Award and Ernie Rodriguez with the Lori Kaufman Volunteer Award.

Join us at the 30th Year Gala to show your commitment to this vibrant community that has led the fight for 30 years.

Chicago House Annual Fashion Brunch

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Those of us who remember the headline “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” in The New York Times on July 3, 1981 also can remember the fear,  the shame, and the hysteria that followed soon after.  It was a full year before the reason for that “rare cancer” had a name: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  It was even longer before a safety net was in place to catch those falling victim to HIV.

In 1985, Chicago House opened its doors as the first provider of AIDS Housing and Support Services in the Midwest, offering eight beds that would allow those with AIDS a place to die with dignity.  Many of those first residents were gay men. From the start, our founders, our staff, our board, and our residents were people from all walks of life who were:

  • Unified in fighting poverty and homelessness,
  • Unified in support of the LGBTQ community, and
  • Unified in serving those with HIV/AIDS.

It is now 30 years later, and thankfully HIV/AIDS has eased from crisis mode for many. Antiretroviral medications are now so effective that people who are positive are not only living healthy lives, but also are not passing on HIV thanks to undetectable viral loads. Concurrently, the preventive HIV medication PrEP (among other advancements) is now available to help assure that those who are HIV negative remain negative.

Similarly, LGBTQ civil equality has achieved unprecedented success and progress.  In 1985, the founders of Chicago House gathered around a table at The Baton in downtown Chicago to help provide an answer and some relief to the greatest needs of the LGBTQ community.  We can only try to imagine their joy had they been able to see the advancements achieved over these last 30 years.

Unfortunately the gains we have made in HIV/AIDS care and in LGBTQ equality have not been shared by many of those experiencing the first of our three founding calls to action: poverty and homelessness. In fact, those living with HIV/AIDS and those who identify as LGBTQ remain disproportionately affected by poverty and homelessness. Those who are low income are over five times more likely to have HIV, and 29% of all LGBTQ people experienced food insecurity in the last year. It is in the face of those facts that Chicago House recently cut the ribbon on the TranLife Center, and it is in the face of those facts that we continue working tirelessly to serve those most marginalized and most in need in the LGBTQ community and among those living with HIV.

Thirty years of service offers many reasons to celebrate, but the reality of disproportionate homelessness and poverty offers even more reasons to fight harder than ever for the people that we serve.  Thank you so much for remaining with us in the fight.

Chicago House: There at the Beginning. Here to meet the challenge.

This year’s Spring Fashion Brunch on May 3rd   is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion.  In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years.  The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year!

THIS SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR!    GET  TICKETS  ONLINE  NOW!

 

 

Red Dress Party Chicago 2015

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It’s almost here!  The return of Chicago’s  RED DRESS PARTY fundraiser!

Special promo – if you don’t have tickets yet, Buy one General Admission ticket and GET ONE FREE!

Don’t wait!  Offer ends  March 31st! BUY NOW ONLINE  and they will send you an extra free ticket!

WARHOL Wonka Ball April 10

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame at About Face Theatre’s annual gala WONKA BALL:

WARHOL, where guests are invited to step into Warhol’s infamous factory for one night only. This year’s highly-anticipated soiree takes place Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm) at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago.

WONKA BALL:

WARHOL will celebrate the pop art icon and his cadre of superstars, celebrities and subjects. Guests are invited to experience live, Warhol-inspired art-making by Matthew Lew, JoJo Baby and Edgewater Workbench, short experimental films by Warhol and contemporary Chicago filmmakers, a punch-out prize wall, a photo booth and more. Guests will also enjoy fantastic food with catering by Wolfgang Puck, delicious drinks and stellar silent and live auctions, including a three-night stay in Key West.

Join Chicago’s celebrated center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally arts (LGBTQIA) as it celebrates its 19th year on this unforgettable evening. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.
VIP Cocktail Reception

Join About Face for an exclusive VIP Cocktail Reception beginning at 7 pm, guests will enjoy early access to the venue, specialty cocktails, an exclusive raffle with complimentary raffle tickets, culinary treats, live entertainment and a VIP gift bag. The reception will be hosted by the evening’s honorary co-chairs and members of the AFT Board of Directors.

 

WONKA BALL: WARHOL Honorary Co-Chairs include AFT Artistic Associate Precious DavisJohn Dalton and Kristen Kaza.

 

Proceeds from WONKA BALL: WARHOL will support About Face Theatre’s award-winning mainstage programming, new play development series and nationally-recognized educational program. Since 1995, About Face has created exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays that advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity and have entertained and challenged audiences in Chicago, across the country and around the world. Support from Wonka Ball enables About Face to thrive as Chicago’s celebrated center for LGBTQIA arts; an inclusive home where diverse artists, youth, audiences and community partners come together for artistic exchange and cultural dialogue.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: WONKA BALL: WARHOL

Date: Friday, April 10 from 8 pm – 11 pm;  VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm

Location: Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago

Tickets: General admission: $150 (Early Bird Special $125 through March 13, 2015). VIP Cocktail Reception: $200 (Early Bird Special $175 through March 13, 2015). Additional sponsorship packages are available. Tickets currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.

 

THE SPONSORS

Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering. Liquor: AbsolutAngels EnvyGoose Island and Sidetrack. Event furniture: Cort. Photo booth: Red Weddings. Restaurant Partners: Wow BaoGarrett PopcornHamburger Mary’sCabot CheeseInsomnia CookiesYo Soy!, Swirlz Cupcakes, Mariano’sRique’s ChicagomEATDS Tequila and Do-Rite Donuts. Key West vacation: Historic Key West Inns.

 

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.