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Chicago Children’s Choir Celebrates 63rd Birthday And Holds Gala

IMG 0585 2The Chicago Children’s Choir celebrates its 63rd birthday at the place of its founding, First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park, with its annual Birthday Service on Sunday, October 13 at 10 a.m. CCC’s Beverly Neighborhood Choir has been chosen as this year’s ‘ambassadors of CCC’s history’ and will perform during the free and open-to-the-public church service honoring CCC’s founding.

Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs driven by one mission: to inspire and change lives through music. Its neighborhood and in-school choirs have been teaching students at all skill levels proper vocal technique, music reading and sight singing skills, and the discipline of singing with musicality, movement and expression. But students who sing with the choir learn more than how to read notes on a page. The choir aims to unite diverse youth and create.

IMG 0583The Chicago Children’s Choir, led by President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, is the nation’s preeminent youth choral organization, serving over 5,000 students across the city of Chicago.

CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 62-year history. Since its founding, CCC has focused on building programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. Eighty percent of youth served are from low-moderate income homes, with over 4,000 students annually participating completely free of charge. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy. High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array of professional fields.

In addition, the Birthday Service is five days before CCC’s annual gala, Red Jacket Optional.

IMG 0586 2The Gala will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019, beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7:30 p.m. with Dinner & Performance. It will be held at The Geraghty, located at 2520 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago. The CCC’s annual fundraiser Red Jacket Optional is a gala unlike any other. With Event Co-Chairs Ellen-Blair Chube, Kala & Mike Moynihan, and Mike Teplitsky, RJO, this is a confluence of over 600 Chicago community builders, tastemakers, trendsetters, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs featuring awe-inspiring musical performances from Chicago Children’s Choir, best-in-class design led by RJO Design Chair Tom Kehoe (Kehoe Designs), and impeccable food from Boka Catering Group.

Individual tickets are $1,000; sponsorships start at $7,500. For information, contact Emily Monasterio at [email protected] or 312.849.8300 x108.

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