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MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Mojo's Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care

Six World Renowned Acts

with Face Off Unlimited, Clinard Dance, Addi & Jacq, Baritoned  and Face Vocal Band

WHAT:  MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care & Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:00PM to 11:30PM

WHERE:  Connolly’s Klub 45 (Times Square)
121 West 45th St • New York, NY 10036
(Cash Bar & Food for Purchase)


TICKETS*: $25 (GA) – $100 (VIP)
See below for full Donation Levels for Tickets 

*100% of Donation/Ticket Price Benefits MSKCC




*Donation Levels for Tickets:
$25 Donation   = SRO
$50 Donation   = GA Seating
$100 Donation = VIP with Table Seating

$225 Online Donation = 10 SRO Admissions
$450 Online Donation = 10 Seated Admissions
$900 Online Donation = 10 VIP Admissions with Table Seating


9:00PM & 10:15PM
“When MOJO moves in… the place ROCKS!” Chicago Tribune

FACE OFF Unlimited @ 7:30PM
Laugh your face off! “Really funny!” The New York Times

“A contemporary dance company rooted in flamenco” MacArthur Award Grantees

Addi & Jacq @ 8:30PM
Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC”!

Baritoned @ 9:45PM
“A farcical concert trio that will dazzle your senses!”

FACE Vocal Band @ 10:45PM
“Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies,
brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing!”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the largest privately operated non-profit cancer center in the world. MSKCC is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer, advanced research, and training healthcare professionals in the specialties and sub specialties of cancer care.

Sponsored by:
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Abbe Sparks Media Group
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The Edge of Everyday Benefit Performance


The Edge of Every Day
This benefit performance will enable Ripple Effect Artists to remount SHE HAS A NAME, which addresses the pandemic of human trafficking.


The Edge of Everyday, A Benefit Performance for theatre company Ripple Effect Artists in its pursuit to remount SHE HAS A NAME — a play with talk-backs about the pandemic of sex trafficking — is Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC. Tickets are $45 for general admission; $60 for VIP with cocktail hour. For tickets click here: TICKETS.

WHAT:    The Edge of Every Day: benefit performance for Ripple Effect Artists

WHEN:    Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

WHERE:  The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, 3rd FL, NYC


A special benefit performance featuring cabaret singer/vocalist Sandra Bargman (Broadway World award-nominee) in The Edge of Every Day with several opening acts and a special performance by renowned dancer, Katherine Crockett (Queen of the Night; former Principal Dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company, Guest soloist with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project).

The Edge of Everyday is a modern mash-up of cabaret, ritual, and performance art. Recorded live at The Metropolitan Room, Sandra explores the seeming paradoxes of life, our fear of change and ultimately, our acceptance of these dichotomies. “The Edge” is where our resistance, our reluctance to embrace the diversity of life, collides with the inevitability of change in all the corners of our lives. Sandra considers the tension between these seeming paradoxes with poignancy and comedy, and with music ranging from David Bowie and Eric Clapton to Georgia Stitt and David Cantor, the show is a rowdy ride! Sandra received a Broadway World nomination for this show in 2015.

Renowned Dancer Katherine Crocket’s many credits include: star of Queen of the Night; former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Guest soloist with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project in a solo she choreographed called The Angel.

Sandra Bargman has appeared in Madison Square Garden’s Broadway National tour of CINDERELLA, starring Eartha Kitt. She has appeared Off-Broadway, most recently at The Lucille Lortel in Camille, a reading directed by Everett Quinton and starring George Busch, She has played leading roles in regional theaters, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Eva in Evita at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh. Sandra has sung in many of the cabaret rooms of NYC. She holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mello University. Her distinct voice can be heard in many radio and television commercials.


distinct voice can be heard in numerous radio and television commercials.

Proceeds benefit Ripple Effect Artists Inc–A 501 (c) 3 Theater Company dedicated to moving Audiences from APATHY to ACTION.


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4th Annual Valentine’s Gala Benefiting Ripple Effect Artists







ADMISSION: $40-$75         RAFFLE TIX: $35 (ARMS LENGTH!)

WHY:  Proceeds benefit the OFF-BROADWAY full run of Ripple Effect Artist’s 2017 production SHE HAS A NAME, a play by Andrew Kooman about Human Trafficking



FEATURES: Wine, Music, NY PhotoBus with photo booth parked outside!

Chocolate demo by GOUFRAIS German Chocolate, Chocolate Tea by DAVID’S TEA Sweets by SUE ABLE and MILK & COOKIES.

4 over-stuffed Raffle gifts include VOILA Truffles, Madison & Park Tours, Carriage Ride, Champagne, Kazani Hair, Tickets to Alvin Ailey 2017, Hand-Knit cowl necks, and more…

Visit our online auction for a luxury trip to **NEW ORLEANS** hosted by PHILANTOPIA



Valued at $4,000, the bid starts at just $2,500. (Ends Feb 28th)

Includes 3 nights in a luxury hotel, dinner cruise, city tour, and a cooking class!  full details visit the auction site: CLICK HERE




Ripple Effect Artists is an Actor’s Equity 501 (c) 3 Theatre Company that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talk-back discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups.  These events, our education, and our game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.

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Auxiliary at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital Raises $75K for Cancer

Be Part of the Cure Summer Party Raises $75,000 for Auxiliary’s Fundraising Campaign

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Highland Park Hospital welcomed more than 215 members, friends and supporters for the organization’s second annual summer soiree, Be Part of the CURE. Guests gathered at the Culinary Innovation Center of Highland Baking Co. for the fundraising fete on Friday, July 18. The industrial space was transformed for the event with lush floral arrangements and exceptional décor designed by M&M Special Events. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed craft cocktails and decadent fare, courtesy of Highland Baking Co. and Aramark. An on-site caricature artist, sensational silent auction, and music by Mobile Music added to the festivities of Be Part of the CURE. (more)

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Healthy Initiative’s Celebrate Yourself Healthy

Healthy Initiative’s Celebrate Yourself Healthy Benefit

Heatlhy Initative, the Lake Forest-based 501(c) 3 non-profit will be holding its inaugural fundraising benefit, Celebrate Yourself Healthy on March 9, 2013 at Germania Place in support of the fight against childhood obesity.  Join Healthy Initiative’s Founder Shea Vaughn and friends for an evening of healthy food, fancy drinks and classy entertainment in what promises to be the must event of the Spring in Chicago.

When: Saturday evening, March 9th at 7:00pm; VIP starts at 6:00pm

Where: Germania Place, 108 West Germania Place, Chicago

Tickets:  General Admission $100; VIP $250

Enjoy hours of healthy food and drink that is surprisingly savory and phenomenally delicious, great live entertainment, music and dancing, raffle prizes and a silent auction.  VIPs will enjoy a special gift bag and a private area with personal attention from a dedicated staff.  Tickets are $100/General Admission and $250/VIP (tickets limited). 


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Sheridan Road Magazine Highlights Key To The Cure Benefit

Key To The Cure

The Occasion: Friends of The Auxiliary of NorthShore University
HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital cocktailed for a cause
during the Key to the Cure opening reception, which kicked off an
entire weekend of shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue to raise funds and
awareness for women’s cancers…CLICK KEY TO THE CURE HEADLINE FOR FULL STORY,


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Giordano Dance Chicago’s Popular Dancing With The Giordano Stars Returns to Park West September 27!

CHICAGO — Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) hosts their 7th Annual “Dancing with the Giordano Stars” competition benefit, patterned after the hit ABC series “Dancing with the Stars,” at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Thursday, Sept 27 from 6-10 p.m.

GDC Executive Director Michael McStraw will emcee this popular fundraiser which partners men and women from Chicago’s business and social scene with professional GDC dancers in an entertaining, no-holds-barred dance competition to benefit GDC and its outreach programs.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with spirits and light fare, followed by the competition from 7 – 8 p.m. During the competition, there will be a special guest performance by 2007 “Dancing with the Giordano Stars” winner Gorman Cook with GDC’s Katie Rafferty before the awards are presented to the Best Male and Best Female contestant.

Open dancing for all completes the evening. Tickets are $100-$200, plus a special rate of $50 for young professionals (age 21-30). To order tickets or for more information visit or call the Giordano Dance Chicago office at 312-922-1332.

“The contestants see this event as a fun and unique way to help support GDC and our programs, but it requires an impressive commitment of time and effort to train and prepare,” says Nan Giordano, GDC Artistic Director. “Each contestant must dare to step out of their comfort zone, but the feeling of personal achievement they take away makes the whole experience hugely rewarding for them and their GDC Star partners.”

Stars competing this year include Chicago’s Randall Dunn, Head of School, Latin School of Chicago; Chicago’s Cassandra J. Francis, Principal, Kariatid, LLC; Chicago’s Clint Francis, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law; the South Loop’s own Lakeisha Holmes, Sr. Marketing & Sales Manager, AMB Parking Services; Oak Park’s Jimmy Korshak, Personal Shopper; Glenview’s Lynn Orlebeke, Director of New Business Development, Gerson Lehrman Group; Palos Park’s Joe
Neverauskas, Senior VP, BPG Properties; Highland Park’s Abbe Sparks, President
and Founder, Abbe Sparks Media Relations, LLC; Naperville’s Rick Tucker, VP Sales & Marketing, Doculabs; and Chicago’s Sally L. Venverloh, Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist, U.S Trust.

The Stars were selected earlier this summer and have been training for the past several months with dance professionals Devin Buchanan, Joshua Blake Carter, Lindsey Leduc, Zachary Heller, Lindsey LaFountain, Maeghan McHale, Ashley Rockwood, Sean Rozanski, Meredith Schultz and Martin Ortiz Tapia.

As part of the competition, each couple will compete in a compulsory Foxtrot dance and then perform a dance of their choice such as Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Rumba, Salsa, or Tango. A panel of judges will critique dancers on style, execution and audience engagement and select the top male and female winners.

The 7th Annual “Dancing with the Giordano Stars” competition benefit is a precursor to GDC’s Fall Engagement at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago, Oct. 26 & 27 at 8 p.m. The program will feature world premieres by choreographer Christopher Huggins, creator of GDC’s popular “Pyrokinesis” and by GDC Artistic Associate Autumn Eckman, plus selections from the company’s exciting repertoire. For tickets call 312-334-7777 or visit

Giordano Dance Chicago celebrates its 50th Anniversary during its 2012-2013 season. Currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Nan Giordano and Executive Director Michael McStraw, GDC is a world-class dance company and a driving force in Chicago’s thriving performing arts community. The company’s new works continually expand the boundaries of jazz and contemporary dance. The company also has an active outreach and education program in three Chicago Public Schools, teaching more than 300 classes a year. For more information call 312-922-1332 or visit

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 Yes, it’s true.  Abbe Sparks has been selected as a contestant to compete in this year’s September 27th DANCING WITH THE GIORDANO STARS! at Chicago’s Park West.

Now in its seventh year, Dancing With The Giordano Stars pairs outstanding Chicagoans with a professional dancer from Giordano Dance Chicago to perform two dances in an unforgettable night of spirited ballroom competition! As a fundraising event, the evening’s objective is for us to dance our way into the hearts of friends, family and colleagues.

and help me reach my goal in raising funds to support the amazing performances and outreach programs of Giordano Dance Chicago.

Giordano Dance Chicago is known for its high-energy, high-impact artistry, with a promise to connect deeply to its audiences. Now entering its spectacular

50th Anniversary Season, the Company is recognized as a local, national and international cultural treasure, performing to cheering audiences worldwide. With several decades of success at creating innovative educational programs, GDC has built an outreach legacy that combines dance with a science and health curriculum and teaches over 300 classes per year in three under-served Chicago Public Schools.


Dancing With The Giordano Stars Partners: Media Dynamo Abbe Sparks & GIORDANO principal dancer Joshua Blake Carter



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Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 4, 2012 – CHICAGO -– Brilliant litigation attorney Bradley Weiss, who was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease at the height of his Washington, DC career with the Department of Justice and as Of Counsel at Chicago’s prestigious law firm, Miner, BarnHill & Galland, turns professional artistic photojournalist with the debut of his photo series Montezuma Nights at Chicago’s Mars Gallery, opening Thursday evening June 7, 2012, 1139 W. Fulton Market.  Curated by renownedcurator and photographer Susan Aurinko. Opening night reception is being sponsored by a collaboration of the many different connections in Bradley’s life including his former Chicago law firm  Miner, Barnhill & Galland and Highland Park restaurant 2nd Street Bistro with live music by The Side Cars.  Thanks to a risky surgery called DBS (deep brain stimulation last December) Bradley’s Parkinson’s has slowed down and according to him, he is almost back to his old self!  To honor the Rush University Medical Center doctors who gave Bradley his life back, a portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter (Rush) as a deep hearted thank you.

Opening Reception of Montezuma Nights – A Photographic Exhibition by Bradley Weiss, Curated by Susan Aurinko. Portion of art proceeds benefits Parkinson’s disease.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

6:00pm – 9:00pm



1139 West Fulton Market, Chicago  –  312.226.7808

In honor of: The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter and its team of magnificent doctors

Live Music by The Side Cars

Food graciously provided by 2nd Street Bistro, Highland Park

Libations graciously provided by Miner, BarnHill & Galland

Free to public

A portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter as a deep hearted thank you to the doctors that gave Bradley his life back!

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Gala 2012: A Mod Musical Evening

Join The Music Theatre Company for performances of your favorite songs by Chicago’s finest music theatre artists. Enjoy the upbeat stylings of Dr. Mark and the Sutures while browsing through their wide array of silent auction items, including Chicago Bears and Blackhawks memorabilia, private golf outings, and a priceless excursion to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Entice your taste buds with delicious cuisine provided by Whole Foods Market of Deerfield while sampling a selection of fine wines from Cooper’s Hawk Winery.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012
5:30pm until 8:30pm

Highland Park Community House
1991 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035-2540

Gala Tickets $75:

Enter the TMTC 2012 Cash Raffle!. Drawing will be held at the Gala on May 20th.

Win cash prizes!
Grand prize $2500
First prize $1000!
Second prize $500!
Ten third prizes of $100!

Raffle Tickets $10:; Winners need not be present!

*Kindly Consider Mod Cocktail Attire*

Only 1000 tickets will be sold.
Prize amounts will be reduced proportionally if all tickets are not sold.