The 9th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief is just around the corner, starting on March 7 at the Jazz Showcase. Here are some important links you can easily use to enjoy the time and help us meet our goals.
You can enter to win 5 pairs of tickets to the 2018-2019 CSO Jazz series right here. They are just $20 each and remember you can buy 6 for the price of 5.
To download the 2018 9th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival press release and schedule please click 2018 CTJF PressRelease
This year’s official poster features three musicians from last year’s Festival, Andrew Vogt on bass, Sarah Marie Young singing vocals, and Makaya McCraven on drums. They will be back this year as well as so many other great talents who generously help us raise money for hunger release. Our complete schedule is posted. Take a look. Plan to attend and support the cause. See you soon!
The dates are March 7-11, 2018 for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief. You’ll be able to enjoy the talents of Seven Divas featuring Frieda Lee and Maggie Brown, Bobby Lewis, Tim Fitzgerald, Neil Alger, Tammy McCann, Eric Schneider, Typhanie Monique, Sarah Marie Young, Aaron McEvers, Bobby Broom, Erwin Helfer, Jeremy Kahn, Ryan Cohan, Geof Bradfield, Greg Ward, Dennis Carrol, and Greg Artry. Our venues include the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Winter’s Jazz Club, First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park, PianoForte, The Green Mill, and The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. We’ll share the specifics in coming weeks. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, interest is building and sales are brisk for the 2018-19 Raffle (see the post below) for 2 tickets to each of 5 Symphony Center Jazz Series concerts which you can purchase right here. And we are gathering momentum in our drive for Sponsors. If you would like to become one it is very easy, painless, and quite satisfying. Just click here. Thanks!
Two tickets to each of 5 concerts! Last year’s raffle winner is set to enjoy current season concerts by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, and John Scofield among others. All it took was the purchase of a raffle ticket from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Raffle tickets for the 2018-2019 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series are now available right here. And they’ll be available throughout our Festival in March. $20 each or 6 for $100. Gotta get one if you want to win.
The Chi-Town Jazz Festival is a jazz community effort to combat hunger in the Chicago area. Musicians donate their talents and top jazz clubs donate their venues on behalf of hunger relief. Founded by composer/guitarist Johh Moulder, the Festival is now in its 9th year and has donated more than $250,000 to food pantries and social service agencies in the area including The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Catholic Charities, Care for Real Food Pantry, Top Box, and others. Details about Sponsorship Opportunities are right here.
Chi-Town Jazz Festival Board Member, Maureen Kaucher, presents a check for over $11,000 to Care For Real, an Edgewater-based nonprofit providing food, clothing and support to their ever widening community.
The Chi-Town Jazz Festival has raised over $250,000 to date for hunger relief in our community. Money is donated to various nonprofits working in the field. Here CTJF Board member Eileen Lerum presents our check for over $10,000 of this year’s receipts to Msgr. Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Kathy Donahue, Director of Programs. They thanked us and we are passing that thanks along to all the musicians who donated their talent and time, to the venues that donated their space, and to all the jazz fans and sponsors who helped us reach our goals.
The Chi-Town Jazz Festival hosts an annual weeklong Festival at a variety of venues around Chicago to raise awareness and money for hunger relief. The photo above documents CTJF Board Member, Jennifer Sucher, presenting almost $4000 to Top Box Foods, one of the nonprofits we work with. Top Box Foods shops all month to find the best deals on fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats, poultry, and fish. They then bundle the food in boxes and partner with churches, community organizations, housing facilities, and schools to help spread the word about these tremendous savings. More info about Top Box here.
Looks like Care for Real is in for a busy summer. May 2017 was the busiest month Care for Real experienced in a long time. 5,402 individuals from 2,972 households participated in our food program and another 588 households (and approximately 1,300 individuals) received clothing and personal care items. 93 new clients came through our doors for the very first time – primarily seniors who are unable to keep up with the rising costs of basic human needs. We are grateful to everyone who supports Care for Real.
Care For Real
Care for Real was established in 1970 by Rev. William Johnson of the Epsicopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in “Arson Alley,” the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater community.
Today, on average, CFR distributes almost 60,000 pounds of food each month. The nonprofit purchases most of their staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, including Costco, 7-11, Aldi’s, Swedish Bakery, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, True Nature Foods and Panera Cares regularly donate produce and bakery goods. And the community supports Care for Real with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs and residential buildings.
Purchased food is selected for variety, nutrition and with respect for religious beliefs and ethnic preferences. For the homeless, CFR distributes specially packaged foods that do not require refrigerated storage, can openers or cooking. In addition, Care for Real provides special food baskets for Thanksgiving, Eid al-Fitr and Christmas to make those holidays brighter for our neighbors.
Care for Real runs a clothes closet that distributes “gently used” donated clothing free of charge to clients. A special effort is made to have warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves available for needy neighborhood school children. Last year, approximately 300 children received the clothes they needed to make it through the winter. These children also received backpacks and school supplies at the start of the academic year.
CFR also provides children’s diapers and cleaning and personal-hygiene products as well as home health care items (canes, adult incontinence items, skin care, etc.) when they are available. For more information please visit Care For Real’s web site.
Since our beginning the Chi-Town Jazz Festival has maintained the closest relationship with Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities believes that access to adequate, affordable and nutritious food is a basic human right. Freedom from hunger is a prerequisite for individuals and families to live productive, healthy and dignified lives. Read more about what they do here.
The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry gives out groceries including fresh produce every Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. A case manager is also available, and the pantry also gives away clothing and personal hygiene items as available. Serving the community since 1981, this Food Pantry is part of the Hyde Park Kenwood Hunger Programs, a
501(c)3 organization with Hyde Park Union Church as the fiscal agent. They serve around five hundred individuals per month; roughly one third of our recipients are age 18 or younger, and nearly the same number are age 60 and above. Please visit their site for more info: http://hpuc.org/mission/hunger-programs/
Top Box Foods
Chi-Town Jazz Festival has supported hunger relief in the Chicagoland area for almost 8 years. We ask many of the city’s great jazz musicians to donate their talents to perform in several venues during a week in March. We ask the venues to offer their stages and donate their entrance fees. And we solicit donations and Sponsoring support from both music lovers and all those individuals and companies who want to give back to the community by addressing “food insecurity,” which means helping those who have little or no sources of food for themselves or their families. So, who do we help? Where does the money go? In this and the next few posts we’ll tell you. Click here to learn about one of the nonprofits we’ve been working with for the past few years, Top Box Foods.