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Benjy Wax's Fundraiser:

Coffeehouse of Wax

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BENEFITING: BUILD, Inc.

EVENT DATE: May 28, 2015

Benjy Wax

THE STORY:

My dad always stressed to me the importance of giving back. "Give and you shall receive" he taught me. Thus, for years my father served on the board of directors of BUILD Chicago (buildchicago.org), an organization that works to engage at-risk inner city youth through after-school programming and gang rehabilitation in the hopes of keeping them on a path to higher education. My dad passed away suddenly in 2011 from a lethal arrhythmia, and my world was shattered. Still despite how tragic and devastating it was to our family, it has made me into a stronger man.

ENTER, H.O.W. -
7 years ago I started a DIY showcase I dubbed, "House of Wax". It is basically an art collective show and safe space for individuals to freely express their art and creativity. After my father died, I decided it was finally time for me to step up and continue his mission. April 16th, I launched Dog Park Productions (@dogparkchi), a non-for-profit production company that puts on monthly art collective showcases at venues around Chicago. 100% of our profits go to BUILD Chicago to help stop the gang violence plaguing our city's youth.

The first art collective showcase will be May 28th at GMan Tavern on Clark/Racine. There will be free parking, free food, and some of the best talent Chicago has to offer.

Although still hot-off-the-press, Dog Park Productions strives to present innovative and entertaining art showcases which engage audiences from all segments of the Chicago creative community. By fostering a safe space for artistic growth and diversity through the promotion of upcoming and established Chicago artists alike, we hope to make a tangible imprint on our society by breaking down artistic boundaries and desegregating Chicago’s creative communities once and for all.

If you're still with me, I thank you for reading. I want to leave you with a quote that has always resonated with me, to think about as you go about your day:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Be the change you wish to see.

Benjy


Stay tuned @dogparkchi on the twitter.

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$1,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Benjy Wax

    $11

  • Kim McKee

    $300

  • Paul T. Rykiel

    $100

  • Service Payment Plan, Inc.

    $250

  • Andy Borans

    $18

  • Shelley Wax

    $25

  • AEPI

    $100

  • Scott Cohon

    $36

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi Supreme Board of Governors

    $60

  • Cy and Elly Wax

    $15

  • Joel Levin

    $50

  • Andy & Debbie Melinger

    $50

  • Schack Family

    $25

  • Uncle Alan & Aunt Lisa

     

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22% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,100 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Uncle Alan & Aunt Lisa

Uncle Alan & Aunt Lisa

So proud of you Benjy - as would be your dad. 3 years ago

Schack Family

Schack Family

DONATION: $25

Great job, Benjy! 3 years ago

Andy & Debbie Melinger

Andy & Debbie Melinger

DONATION: $50

Benjy, my sister Kim sent this to me and we are proud to donate what we can to support such a wonderful cause. What a wonderful way to honor your Dad and his legacy. 3 years ago

Joel Levin

Joel Levin

DONATION: $50

Benjy - this is an awesome way to carry on your dad's legacy. 3 years ago

Cy and Elly Wax

Cy and Elly Wax

DONATION: $15

In Memory of David Wax 3 years ago

Alpha Epsilon Pi Supreme Board of Governors

Alpha Epsilon Pi Supreme Board of Governors

DONATION: $60

From Fish, Oshins, and Larry. Keep up the good work. 3 years ago

Scott Cohon

Scott Cohon

DONATION: $36

Keep it up 3 years ago

AEPI

AEPI

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Shelley Wax

Shelley Wax

DONATION: $25

In memory of David Wax and his great work with BUILD 3 years ago

Andy Borans

Andy Borans

DONATION: $18

Go Benjy! 3 years ago