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Music Is … Our Chance! Please help inner-city orchestra

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May 24, 2018

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BENEFITING: Children First Fund

Mr. Weible .

THE STORY:

A world without music would be a sad place for anyone. But for the students of the Chopin School -- a public school in inner city Chicago where 95 percent of students live in poverty -- a world without music is unimaginable.

For these students, music is opportunity. It is power. For them, music is a way out -- and up.

The orchestra, part of the Merit School of Music "Bridges" program, began at Lafayette Elementary School in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood, one of dozens of Chicago neighborhoods where public schools closed in 2013. The school's staff and many students -- along with the orchestra -- shifted a few blocks south to the Chopin School in the nearby Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

Though the transition hasn't always been easy, the orchestra and its leaders have done a lot with what they have.

Already, many orchestra alumni have gone on to selective-enrollment high schools in Chicago -- and done so much more with their lives because of music.

Already, 80 students -- 3rd through 8th graders -- are members of the current orchestra, a key component for Chopin's after-school programs that help keep kids off the streets and safe.

But even more students are on the orchestra waiting list -- and with school budgets forever shrinking, resources are very tight.

The small school is packed with students. There's no space for a music room, so orchestra members and their music teacher, Arturs Weible, have to set up and practice each day on the auditorium's small stage.

For now, Mr. Weible and his students can only dream of their chance to grow the orchestra into something truly, truly special.

That's why we're coming to you.

You can help these students' dreams come true! You can help the Chopin School grow its orchestra and take it to the next level.

Please donate today!

Music is … our chance.

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To This Fundraiser

$50,150

MONEY RAISED
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  • Meredith Lee

    $25

  • Sheryl and Walter Stoller

     

  • Ronnie Kuller

     

  • Laura Snyder

     

  • Oscar and Diana Morales

    $20

  • Susan Lee

     

  • Jamie Whitehouse

    $25

  • Nicole Rajaniemi

     

  • Laura Swider

    $50

  • Aldis Weible

    $25

  • Lex McCauley

     

  • Elizabeth Voigt

    $25

  • mary hess

    $100

  • Steve Hegg

    $100

  • Aimee Chamernik

    $50

  • Bob and Ann Tirk

    $50

  • Karlin Sara Lafferty

    $50

  • Irene Balks

    $25

  • Heidi and Oscar Ramos

    $100

  • Linda/Roger Fornell

     

  • Christine Kamberis-Kish

     

  • Melissa Munroe

    $25

  • Sandra and Bill Brew

    $50

  • Les and Francie Atkinson

    $50

  • Tom and Brenda Corbin

    $500

  • Lauren White

    $50

  • rebecca salpacka

    $10

  • Fran Anderson

    $25

  • Stuck for a Buck fundraiser

    $587

  • Alexius McCauley

    $25

  • Sarah C Babcock

    $25

  • Kathy Jerabek

    $50

  • heidi kieselstein

    $500

  • Tamale Hut Fundraiser

    $165

  • Maryann Collins

     

  • Sreedhar Yedavalli

    $25

  • Vicki capalbo

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Sherry and Richard Frenzel

    $50

  • Glen and Edite Walter

    $200

  • Elizabeth Voigt

    $25

  • Jen Brown

    $50

  • Mary Ann and Don DeBruin

    $50

  • mary hess

    $100

  • Mara & Tom Jambor

    $50

  • Bert SHIMABUKURO

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Walter and Sheryl Stoller

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston

    $2,000

  • Irene Balks

    $25

  • Sarah Larson

     

  • A teacher of the arts.

    $25

  • Ivy Planning Group

    $100

  • Robert Storch

    $50

  • Louise sheiner

    $100

  • Katie and Reade Fahs

    $200

  • Holly and Ed Eger

    $250

  • ed Kodzis

    $100

  • Martha Irvine

    $10

  • Hilary Gabrieli

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Terry Cook and John Gosink

     

  • Willie Ivory

    $25

  • Chopin Talent Show

    $683

  • Steve Hegg

    $100

  • Sree Yedavalli

    $50

  • Sherry Frenzel

    $50

  • Sara Karlin

    $50

  • Glen and Edite Walter

    $200

  • Stephanie Thompson

     

  • Carina boyce

    $50

  • Christine Kamberis-Kish

     

  • Kara Cvik

     

  • Kathryn and Christian TeBordo

     

  • Jennifer Brown

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Martha, Becky, Rudy and Rowie

    $40

  • Tammy Webber

    $25

  • Arturs Weible

    $175

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Ramos Family

    $100

  • Judy Coffey

    $20

  • Christine Kamberis-Kish and family

     

  • Bob Graves

    $20

  • Marci Lerner

    $10

  • Dee-Ann Durbin

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • The Cooks

     

  • Bert and Nick TeBordo

    $50

  • Scott garlock

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Karlin Associates LLC

    $300

  • Martha Irvine

    $90

  • Tara Burghart

    $25

  • Fred Williams

    $75

  • Sitthixay Ditthavong

    $25

  • lacey sikora

    $50

  • Rita Balaporia

    $25

  • Nicole Preucil

    $50

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100% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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The Team: $50,150 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Mr. Weible .

Amount Raised

$46,665

 

93% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Martha Irvine

Amount Raised

$1,670

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Donna Pahel

Amount Raised

$1,200

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Ya Ya

Amount Raised

$385

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Elizabeth Pacheco

Amount Raised

$160

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Carly Garcia

Amount Raised

$70

Donor Comments

Nicole Preucil

Nicole Preucil

DONATION: $50

4 weeks ago

Rita Balaporia

Rita Balaporia

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

lacey sikora

lacey sikora

DONATION: $50

4 weeks ago

Sitthixay Ditthavong

Sitthixay Ditthavong

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

Fred Williams

Fred Williams

DONATION: $75

4 weeks ago

Tara Burghart

Tara Burghart

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

Martha Irvine

Martha Irvine

DONATION: $90

4 weeks ago

Karlin Associates LLC

Karlin Associates LLC

DONATION: $300

4 weeks ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

4 weeks ago

Scott garlock

Scott garlock

DONATION: $50

Bless you, Art 4 weeks ago