Do you like NPR, open bars, and supporting youth literacy (Not necessarily simultaneously)? Then check out this event in Chicago on Thursday!
One of the first things I did upon moving to Chicago in 2009 was to start volunteering at 826CHI. It’s the local chapter of a creative writing and tutoring center that was founded by author Dave Eggers. 826CHI’s programming serves over 4,000 Chicago students from all over the city annually tuition-free!
I started by after-school tutoring kids from elementary school age to high school at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. My favorite programs were workshops that invited a class in on a field trip to write a story together. Each student finishes the story on their own, has their author portrait taken, and goes home with a printed copy and the feeling of being a published author!
As my career picked up, I had less time to volunteer after school. I was thrilled to be a founding member of the 826CHI Associate Board to continue supporting the organization through community awareness and creative fundraising. This year, I furthered by involvement by joining the Associate Board’s Executive Committee.
Prologue Event Info
The 826CHI Associate Board’s signature event will be held this week, and I wanted to share the info with Chicago readers!
Prologue, a literary cocktail party takes place on June 10 at Parliament (324 W. Chicago Ave.). Join Chicago’s literati for a night of signature cocktails, a live soul band, rooftop views, and special guest Peter Sagal of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”
Hosted by the 826CHI Associate Board, Prologue will also feature hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live poetry, and a raffle of luxe prize packages. You’ll hear first-hand how 826CHI has inspired students from Sarah Enloe, a teacher at Wells Community Academy High School.
All proceeds will support 826CHI. Tickets are available online!