I’ve been seeing stars in Chicago all week!
The week began with a fundraiser Monday evening at North Pond Restaurant in Lincoln Park starring the Jersey Boys, on their night off!
“Chicago’s own” Lou Canellis the Bears Sports Announcer was Master of Ceremonies.
The Jersey Boys wove their magic. They were personable, lively, and fun. Between songs—”not from the show,” they shared their stories, and donated themselves for auction.
The active bidding between guests became so competitive the Jersey Boys offered duplicate evenings…”as their guests for the show and a backstage tour.” Doubling their generous donation for the North Pond Master Fund and Lincoln Park Conservancy.
The North Pond Restaurant shared the spotlight with its Prairie-style, skirted tables, candlelight, trays of delicious hors-d’oeuvres, wines, and a staff that was attentive, understated, and solid.
Lucky me, I volunteer as a North Pond Gardener and was asked to volunteer that evening.
It sure beats pulling out thistles!
Friday Night SPACE in Evanston spotlighted another star:
John Coltrane with a Birthday Tribute.
I went with my friend Ruth.
We loved it!
But “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Elvis Costello.
“ When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups I want to speak to their souls. All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.” …John Coltrane
Saturday brings more Stars in the spotlight.
“The Easter Seals Superstars Live!” 29th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show of Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region. A fashion show where the models are the children with disabilities who make the brave walk down that long runway.
ABC News Anchor Sylvia Perez was the guest commentator, her understanding, sincerity and appreciation of the life journey ahead for the children, and the unsung heroes on or off the runway, the families, teachers, therapists, staff, and volunteers who work with them daily was simpatico. She’s been here before and once again did a fantastic job.
Matthew Hansen acted as the Fashion Show Youth Ambassador. Matthew has achieved a great many goals, “his accomplishments include drinking from a straw, feeding himself with assistance, scooting himself out of a wheelchair and walking with a walker, and interacting with teachers, family and friends using augmentative communication.” Matthew started at the center when he was 10 months old and is now a senior at York High School.
A fashion show where “each child on the runway embodies the mission of Easter Seals to enable infants, children and adults with disabilities to achieve maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.”
I watch them take halting steps, full of effort.
I think of John Coltrane’s 1960 jazz album, “Giant Steps,” watch each step, face, effort. Applaud.
And keep buying chances.
That say Please Try Again.
Reminded of my fortune cookie quote:
A journey must begin with a single step.
“Giant Steps!” I cheer.
I watch caring parents, families, siblings, friends, therapists, teachers and staff, pushing, holding hands, carrying, feeding, propping-up, guiding the children, patient and loving.
See their progress from year to year and cheer more!
The show continues with models wearing Chicago Designer Maria Pinto and other contributing designers’ collections.
Surrounded by a galaxy of love, gratitude, and appreciation, Craig’s face beams as he carries Renee the rest of the way… after her first “Giant Steps” on the runway.
Chicago the “City of Big Shoulders” and bigger heart.