Glenbrook South musicians will help kick off the 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival with a night of refreshments and jazz at Quarles & Brady Conference Center in Chicago on Thursday, January 23.
The free event, running from 6 to 8 p.m., is expected to attract new and previous sponsors and supporters as well as current and new volunteers. We will unveil the line up for every night of the March festival and will feature Gary Z’s Jazz Combo playing with Festival Founder/Director John Moulder. Gary Z’s Jazz Combo consists of GBS students, Gary Zucker on drums, Jimmy Friedman on bass, Gracie Sands on guitar, and Matt Baeckelandt on saxophone.
Representatives of the charities receiving money raised by the Festival, Care for Real and Catholic Charities, will also be on hand to talk about how the Chi-Town Jazz Festival helps them provide their greatly needed services to feed the hungry in the Chicago area. As a bonus, there will be a photography exhibit with prints for sale of past Festivals.
Here is a portion of this year’s Holiday Letter from Nancy Meyerson, Board Chair of Care for Real:
“When Care for Real was established more than 40 years ago, the founders believed they were addressing a temporary need. Unfortunately, that need has not gone away. Over the past year alone, Care for Real has helped more than 53,000 people, giving them enough food to prepare 400,000 meals. Families visited our clothes closet more than 6,000 times, and we even were able to distribute donated pet food and supplies for some 3,000 dogs and cats.”
“These numbers are staggering to me, that in our country, in our city, in our neighborhood, so many people must turn to a food pantry to be able to feed themselves and their families.”
“But we live in a community where generosity abounds, so we can meet this continuing and growing need. Your gifts of money, food, clothes, toys and school supplies, and the almost 30,000 volunteer hours you give enable us to reduce the burden on so many of our neighbors.”
To learn more about Care for Real visit their web site.