Friends of Storycatchers Theatre gathered at The Casino on March 28, 2015 to enjoy a sumptuous brunch, learn more about Storycatchers’ award-winning programs for marginalized teens, and to raise critically needed funds.
Friends of Storycatchers Theatre gathered at The Casino on March 28, 2015 to enjoy a sumptuous brunch, learn more about Storycatchers’ award-winning programs for marginalized teens, and to raise critically needed funds. Thanks to generous support from host Erica Meyer, in honor of her mother Lee F. Meyer, and corporate sponsors BlueCross Blue Shield of Illinois and Gofen & Glossberg LLC, all proceeds from the event will support the company’s programs for marginalized youth.
“When I sat there in November watching Teenage Tears, the Fabulous Females show about mothers who were incarcerated and the impact that had on the girls, I thought, boy, am I a lucky girl. It gave me such a sense of gratitude; I thought that I could honor my mother this way and pay my good fortune forward a little bit,” Erica said. “When I told my mom that I was doing this, she was thrilled and sorry she could not attend.”
A record crowd of more than 128 supporters attended this year; and helped raise more than $112,000. The Storycatchers Performance Ensemble included participants from the Changing Voices and Teens Together programs, as well as several members of the Storycatchers teaching ensemble. Meade Palidofsky, Artistic Director, narrated the company’s journey from its beginnings in the public school system to its post release program today. Following the performance, the guests bid on several auction packages, including Cubs box seats and vacation getaways; and many took the opportunity to pledge support directly to Storycatchers. “Each year this event surpasses goal,” said Palidofsky, “and once again our friends didn’t let us down.”