Dancing in the Street Charity Concert and Auction
The 1960’s were a great time for American traditions like rock n’roll and cocktails. Now timeless, these two traditions lay the foundation for an innovative fundraiser, Dancing in the Street Charity Concert and Auction, benefiting Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids.
Dancing in the Street is an annual event held in a different city every year. This year, Chicago was the choice locale for the national touring cast of the stunning Broadway Musical Jersey Boys. The event was hosted by the cast’s own Frankie Valli (Joe Leo Bwari) and held at Kimpton’s Hotel Allegro Grand Walnut room.
Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids is the nation’s leading industry based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. The cast and crew of Jersey Boys Chicago has been honored two years in a row by Broadway Cares for being the top fundraiser in the Tour category. Jersey Boys Chicago raised $220,000 in 2008 alone.
MDM Entertainment Special Event Lighting helped set the mood for cocktail hour with a soft hue of color created by uplights spaced around the room. Each table looked as if it were glowing with the help of pinspotting, giving the room a little brightness and warmth. Guests munched on great 1960 inspired hors d’oeuvres like mini burgers, French fries, reuben sandwiches, and chicken salad – just like what grandma used to make!
During cocktail hour guests were also able to mingle with Jersey Boys cast members and encouraged to bid on silent auction items. A little less silent was the show, featuring a live band and the first national tour cast of Jersey Boys themselves. The group sang many Motown hits, crooning mostly songs of the Four Seasons.
After a short intermission, Patra, the hilarious auctioneer, continued the evening with a live auction. It featured some amazing items like autographed sheet music of “Sherry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, signed by Frankie Valli and Bob Goudio, tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game (with a ride in a Zambonie!), tickets to Jersey Boys with a backstage tour, and a walk on role in Jersey Boys complete with rehearsals, watching the show from the directors area, and tickets for a few of the highest bidders personal fans.
The event was just as unforgettable as the charm and success of The Four Seasons themselves!
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