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Carrie Santi's Fundraiser:

Rebuild Stairway Of The Stars

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Carrie Santi via Crowdrise
March 29, 2010

Okay, I am sending out my first of many emails to promote my campaign to help rebuild stairway... fingers crossed.  See more
Carrie Santi

THE STORY:

Stairway of the Stars is a 30 year old dance studio in Maywood, Illinois.

It is the blood, sweat and joy of the Baumann Family, operated by the queen bee Lois Baumann. Stairway of the Stars has been teaching high quality dance instruction at a very low cost to the children of Maywood and surrounding communities.

And when Dancing was just not enough for Lois & Ernie Baumann they had a brain child across the street from their studio, and birthed the Maywood Fine Arts Association. Now kids could dance at Stairway, and then run across the street for music, art or theater lessons. Or they could take gymnastics with Ernie, and be apart of Flip Flop & Fly!

Until two weeks ago. . .

After 30 years, Stairway of the Stars burnt down!

This project is to help the Baumann Family: Ernie, Louis, Heidi, Spooner, Purdie, Tango, Oliver, & Lily; REBUILD Stairway of the Stars.

The main pic is from about 1986 — I think. The dance, 'In The Navy'. I can remember watching this performance. It was moving. The choreography and enthusiasm completely inspired me. I was twelve.

Lois has a way of connecting with everyone around her. Her commitment to the children in her community is her life's work. Her commitment to dance is visceral. Just walk in her studio, and you will be moving in no time. Her daughter, Heidi, has been teaching dance at the Stars for as long as I can remember. To dance with Lois and Heidi is complete JOY.

A bit about MFAA:
In 1996 with the help of concerned parents and community members the Maywood Fine Arts Association was established as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Their goal was to combat the escalating rate of drug activity, gang involvement, and teenage pregnancy by providing the young people of Maywood and surrounding communities with healthy after school and weekend activities in fine and performing arts.

MFAA has set up a Stairway Recovery Fund.

Chicago Tribune Article: Fire can’t stop the music for Stairways dance studio
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-x-w-0326-maywood-dance-school-20100326,0,7295130.story?page=1

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$159

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  • Lt. Dangle

    $30

  • Ketti Hausmann Kluth

    $20

  • Veronica

    $15

  • james sipiera

    $20

  • Carrie Santi

    $39

  • Lue Williams

    $30

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3% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $159 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $5

6 years ago

Lue Williams

Lue Williams

DONATION: $30

6 years ago

Carrie Santi

Carrie Santi

DONATION: $39

7 years ago

james sipiera

james sipiera

DONATION: $20

7 years ago

Veronica

Veronica

DONATION: $15

Read the article in the Tribune and read your heartbreaking but inspiring story on Crowdrise. I will help spread the word to everyone I know. 7 years ago

Ketti Hausmann Kluth

Ketti Hausmann Kluth

DONATION: $20

Great idea Carrie. I still share the story of the Baumans and their great work in their under-privileged neighborhood to this day. 7 years ago

Lt. Dangle

Lt. Dangle

DONATION: $30

Wow -what a great story and a great cause. Thanks for sharing it with me. I wish them all the best with the rebuild. I will share this with friends. 7 years ago