Posts Tagged ‘Chicago band for fundraisers

02
Nov
12

Official opinions: Making music and money in 2012

Playing music for fundraisers and working with non-profit organizations is always a great experience. Their members have such a strong commitment to important causes and they exert tremendous effort to host innovative and fun-filled events. Tomorrow’s event benefiting the Tondue Primary School in Mozambique is no exception.

Tomorrow from 7-10 p.m. at the Sidebar Grille, event-planner Deborah Borsum is hosting an enlightening evening of food, drink and music, featuring a Stitely jazz duo. All proceeds from this event go to World Vision, an organization dedicated to helping children, families, and communities overcome injustice and poverty. World Vision is currently building a primary school for the people of Namanjavira, Mozambique where the current adult literacy rate is only 35%! So head downtown to the Sidebar Grille and eat up to help increase literacy.

Throughout 2012, Stitely Entertainment has worked with numerous charity organizations. Whether we provided a DJ, jazz combo, or full band, we really enjoyed being able to contribute to these events with the inspiring addition of music. Here are some other fantastic fundraisers of which we were proud to be a part:

We were thrilled to reprise our participation in the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Message of Hope gala this April. Last year, 312 Chicago performedfor over 350 guests at the successful event that ultimately raised over $550,000 benefiting UNICEF’s international work.

All photos by Lily Calfee and Maureen Donlon of Lili Miller Media

This year the Stitely Orchestra brought the party to the Union League Club, performing for more than 370 guests that pitched in to raised nearly $671,000, exceeding fundraising goals by $46,000 and setting a new gala record! In addition to dancing, the event featured performances by the Columbia College of Chicago Gospel Repertory Ensemble and world-renowned, ten-year-old pianist and composer Emily Bear. There was a raffle, as well as a live and silent auction that featured prizes like a weekend getaway to the Sundance Film Festival, a trip to Jamaica, a South African vacation, and a beautiful bronze sculpture by artist Jean Jacques Porret.

May 9 was our first experience working with Chicago’s Interfaith House. The Interfaith House is a wonderful organization that provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self sufficiency. This short video explains their mission and features interviews with past & current residents, staff & volunteers. DJ Vincent spun 20’s 30’s and 40’s music for their annual Big Band-themed fundraiser, “Ain’t We Got Fun,” at Germania Place. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter emceed the evening that raised money to continue the charity’s efforts to improve the health and welfare of its residents.

On July 31, a Stitely jazz duo played at the Public Justice 30th Annual Gala and Awards Dinner held at Union Station. Public Justice is a national public interest law firm that works to advance the public good by fighting for precedent-setting and socially significant litigation that protects consumers, employees, civil rights, and the environment. The Public Justice Foundation supports the firm’s cutting-edge litigation; they also educate the public about the critical issues the firm addresses in court. Check out the video below for footage from the fabulous evening that featured a live auction, awards, delicious food, and Stitely music.

In September the Foundation Fighting Blindness asked Stitely to return for a second year to perform at their annual Visions Ball at The Four Seasons. The Foundation Fighting Blindness funds research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. These diseases affect more than 10 million people in the United States and ultimately lead to blindness. The Visions Ball is quickly becoming a Chicago tradition to benefit the Foundation in their mission to fund cutting-edge research. The Foundation booked a Stitely jazz/swing quintet to play earlier in the evening, followed by a performance by comedian Jimmy Tingle and a Stitely DJ dance party to close the evening.

This fall was also Stitely’s first time working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters. We were thrilled when a past wedding client, who is also a BBBS volunteer, approached us about working with this wonderful organization on this brand new event. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago’s mission is to empower at-risk youth by providing one-to-one mentoring that enables lifelong success. They strengthen local communities by pairing adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, to develop positive, nurturing relationships. The Stitely Orchestra performed for over 300 guests at the BBBS gala and silent auction held Galleria Marchetti on September 28. We’re proud that the event helped the organization raise over $130,000 for local neighborhood programs!

It’s been a great year of giving and galas and we can’t wait for more next year!

14
Sep
12

Official Opinions: The Top 7 Reasons To Book Your Holiday Party NOW

 

With temperatures hitting a high of the mid-80s’s this week, it may feel a little early to start thinking about your holiday party. However, in the case of planning a Chicago event, the early bird definitely gets the worm. Charles Cotton, an independent expert from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development‘s expert on staff rewards, says:

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“As ever, employers need to think about why they are providing a (holiday) party in the first place. If it is to recognize the collective contribution of their employees then what are the alternatives and are they more effective?”

       If holding a (holiday) party is the most effective way of achieving this then employers should be wary about scrapping them in response to the economic downturn because the long-term impact could be damaging on employee engagement and organizational performance.

      The (holiday) party is one way of reminding staff that they are part of a common endeavor.”

Ultimately, ROI is the bottom line, so here are a few thoughts on the value of holiday parties and a few ways in which you can help in justifying the budget.  Although the cost may seem high, assuming a holiday party costs say $100 per guest and the average salary in a company is $40,000, then the cost is tiny relative to other costs.

  1. Book EARLY, the best bands and other forms of entertainment get scheduled earlier and earlier.  Don’t get stuck with a jug band you found on lower Wacker because you put it off till Thanksgiving!
  2. By booking well in advance you are much more likely to get the date you want, and not end up having your party on a Thursday in January.
  3. If you plan ahead, there will be sufficient time for all your employees and staff to organize their own schedules to anticipate your party.  Babysitters, travel, accommodations etc. need to get booked early too.
  4. Booking early will put you at ease and come the holidays your mood will be closer to the Whos in Whoville than the Grinch.
  5. Because it is booked and announced in advance, the company holiday party will signal to your employees that things are improving and that you appreciate them.
  6. Booking your venue early means you get the snazzy new place you wanted.  Hip and unique venues should be contacted now to get reserved.  The best places have planners who will help you with your vision for the night. We are also celebration specialists and can assist you in putting the perfect evening together.
  7. START the day with a meeting, then let it morph into a party! A lot of great Chicago venues are ideally suited to staging a daytime conference or presentation before the party to increase the business content of the event. Then, spouses arrive, the party starts and can run all evening with dancing.

Remember that as long as you have a beautiful room, great food and a Stitely Band or DJ playing your kind of music, you are assured a great night!

24
Aug
12

official opinions: Make your company holiday party count

In the heat of a Chicago August, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are slowly creeping up on us again.  Soon the leaves will begin to change and fall then we’ll be right back to cooking turkeys and picking out gifts for our loved ones.  Suddenly we will find ourselves swimming in endless traditions and family meals, rather than a rooftop pool. But of course the holidays are not simply a family affair; it’s a time of year when we get to celebrate with everyone in our lives and that includes co-workers and bosses.  Yes, I’m referring to that infamous annual event:  the company holiday party.

Whether it’s something you dread or eagerly await, for most employees a holiday party is a highly-anticipated event.  You may not realize it, but parties or other office-wide social events can really do a lot for employee morale, which is very important in maintaining a successful business.

So, as a guest or planner, what can you do to improve this yearly event?  How can you take the awkwardness out of a party with everyone from janitors to the CEO in attendance?  It can be a tricky situation, but certainly worth the effort.  Here are a few tips on how to get everyone in your company loosening their ties and enjoying the evening.

1.)  Know your budget!  When you know your budget in advance, you can begin to shape the evening within real expectations.  A big blow-out can be a fun opportunity to have employees invite guests, but a more intimate, less extravagant affair may be more comfortable with just staff members.  Your budget will allow you to determine the number of guests, venue and catering early in the process.

2.)  Know your “vibe”:  The atmosphere you want to create at your corporate party is extremely important.  For a more traditional business vibe, you may want to make a dress code or hold the event at an elegant restaurant or banquet hall. More informal parties can focus on other aspects, such as finding a place with a great deal on an open bar.  Either way, an easy way to set the right mood for your party is through music.  Writers for the staff of PositiveArticles.com put it perfectly in their story on party planning: “There is an amazing relation between music and emotions of the people.”   Make sure your party vibe is fun and energetic by booking your music with Stitely.

3.)  Plan EARLY!:  It may seem premature to begin planning the big holiday shindig while you’re still working on keeping your summer tan, however, you want to make sure to allow plenty of time to nail down the essentials.  You can’t have a party without music, food, and a venue.  Plus, thinking ahead may help you find better rates for the services you want.  Contact us today to find out how much you can save on morale-boosting music for your company’s holiday party!

30
Mar
12

official opinions: Choose your own choral adventure!

April 21 will mark a new day in the history of classical and choral entertainment in Chicago. In an effort to collaborate with Chicago artists while raising funds for the 2012 season, Chicago’s best neighborhood choir, the Wicker Park Choral Singers, is holding an interactive event with a new twist. Held at the Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park, WPCS’s Choose Your Own Adventure Fundraiser is completely unique in how it allows attendees to vote for the choral music they want to hear. In between mingling with the guests, the choir will perform short 30 second teasers of a variety of pieces throughout the evening, while attendees, using their tokens, vote for the snippets they like. The songs that receive the most tokens will be performed at the end of the evening. So put on your classiest cocktail outfit and come out to support the arts by attending this fun evening of song!

For only $30 you can attend, enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks, and vote for two pieces. But if you spring for the $50 Adventurer ticket, you get all this, plus an additional 13 voting tokens AND the undying gratitude of a Chicago arts institution. What are you waiting for? Space is limited and tickets are going FAST! Click here to purchase your tickets for what’s sure to be a fun and unique affair!

18
Nov
11

Official opinions: ’tis the season to give to the arts

During this Thanksgiving holiday the musicians and staff of Stitely Entertainment want to give thanks for their opportunities to learn and experience the arts. Each one of us have had our lives enhanced by music, and for some of us our lives were changed by the opportunity to learn how to play instruments or sing.  In this time of giving, we know that there are a ton of requests on your money, time and commitment; we simply offer the following list of arts-related charities to consider.

The Arts Of Life: This Chicago-based organization offers artistic support and outlets to mentally and developmentally-disabled adults.  They offer a variety of arts classes, as well as a band of both disabled and non-disabled artists that play at events throughout Chicago.  We discovered this great organization through a recent Chicago Reader article in which they discuss the cognitive and emotional value of this collaborative project.  It’s just so gratifying to see (and hear) how people of all ages and faculties can not only enjoy music, but create it too!

Listen to Shark Attack by The Arts of Life Band

The Fender Music Foundation: The Fender Music Foundation was created to provide funding and resources by awarding grants to American music programs so that both kids and adults will have an opportunity to experience the joys of music.  The Foundation believes that “music participation is an essential element in the fabric of an enduring society” and part of its mission is to educate the public on the value of musical education.  A donation of just $50 will put a guitar in a school that can be used by about 20 children throughout the year.

The Stephanie Rogers Band at Marwen's Paintbrush Ball

The Marwen Foundation: This is another fabulous Chicago-based organization that strives to educate and inspire under-served children without any prior experience through visual art in their weekly after-school and weekend courses.  Courses take place in six  studios where students are challenged to excel through in-depth instruction in a wide range of media such as painting,drawing, ceramics, photography & animation.  Stitely was privileged enough to support Marwen in 2010 when The Stephanie Rogers Band played at their summer Paintbrush Ball.

02
Nov
11

Official Opinions: The Top 7 Reasons To Book Your Holiday Party NOW

The costumes have been put away and on Sunday we’re turning back the clocks. What better time than now to plan your office holiday party?

Charles Cotton, an independent expert from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development‘s expert on staff rewards, says:

        “As ever, employers need to think about why they are providing a (holiday) party in the first place. If it is to recognize the collective contribution of their employees then what are the alternatives and are they more effective?”

        If holding a (holiday) party is the most effective way of achieving this then employers should be wary about scrapping them in response to the economic downturn because the long-term impact could be damaging on employee engagement and organizational performance.

      The (holiday) party is one way of reminding staff that they are part of a common endeavor.”

Ultimately, ROI is the bottom line so here are a few thoughts on the value of holiday parties and a few ways in which you can help in justifying the budget.  Although the cost may seem high, assuming a holiday party costs say $100 per guest and the average salary in a company is $40,000, then the cost is tiny relative to other costs.

  1. Book EARLY, the best bands and other forms of entertainment get scheduled earlier and earlier.  Don’t get stuck with a jug band you found on lower Wacker because you put it off till Thanksgiving!
  2. By booking well in advance you are much more likely to get the date you want, and not end up having your party on a Thursday in January.
  3. If you plan ahead, there will be sufficient time for all your employees and staff to organize their own schedules to anticipate your party.  Babysitters, travel, accommodations etc. need to get booked early too.
  4. Booking early will put you at ease and come the holidays your mood will be closer to the Whos in Whoville than the Grinch.
  5. Because it is booked and announced in advance, the company holiday party will signal to your employees that things are improving and that you appreciate them.
  6. Booking your venue early means you get the snazzy new place you wanted.  Unique, cool places like Zed451 should be contacted now to get reserved.  The best places have planners who will help you with your vision for the night. We are also celebration specialists and can assist you in putting the perfect evening together.
  7. START the day with a meeting, then let it morph into a party! A lot of great Chicago venues are ideally suited to staging a daytime conference or presentation before the party to increase the business content of the event. Then, spouses arrive, the party starts and can run all evening with dancing.

Remember that as long as you have a beautiful room, great food and a Stitely Band or DJ playing your kind of music, you are assured a great night!

02
Aug
11

official opinions: Make your company holiday party count

During the blazing heat of August in Chicago, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are slowly creeping up on us again.  Soon the leaves will begin to change and fall then we’ll be right back to cooking turkeys and picking out gifts for our loved ones.  Suddenly we will find ourselves swimming in endless traditions and family meals, rather than a rooftop pool. But of course the holidays are not simply a family affair; it’s a time of year when we get to celebrate with everyone in our lives and that includes co-workers and bosses.  Yes, I’m referring to that infamous annual event:  the company holiday party.

Whether it’s something you dread or eagerly await, for most employees a holiday party is a highly-anticipated event.  You may not realize it, but parties or other office-wide social events can really do a lot for employee morale, which is very important in maintaining a successful business.

So, as a guest or planner, what can you do to improve this yearly event?  How can you take the awkwardness out of a party with everyone from janitors to the CEO in attendance?  It can be a tricky situation, but certainly worth the effort.  Here are a few tips on how to get everyone in your company loosening their ties and enjoying the evening.

1.)  Know your budget!  When you know your budget in advance, you can begin to shape the evening within real expectations.  A big blow-out can be a fun opportunity to have employees invite guests, but a more intimate, less extravagant affair may be more comfortable with just staff members.  Your budget will allow you to determine the number of guests, venue and catering early in the process.

2.)  Know your “vibe”:  The atmosphere you want to create at your corporate party is extremely important.  For a more traditional business vibe, you may want to make a dress code or hold the event at an elegant restaurant or banquet hall. More informal parties can focus on other aspects, such as finding a place with a great deal on an open bar.  Either way, an easy way to set the right mood for your party is through music.  Writers for the staff of PositiveArticles.com put it perfectly in their story on party planning: “There is an amazing relation between music and emotions of the people.”   Make sure your party vibe is fun and energetic by booking your music with Stitely.

3.)  Plan EARLY!:  It may seem premature to begin planning the big holiday shindig while you’re still working on keeping your summer tan, however, you want to make sure to allow plenty of time to nail down the essentials.  You can’t have a party without music, food, and a venue.  Plus, thinking ahead may help you find better rates for the services you want.  Contact us today to find out how much you can save on morale-boosting music for your company’s holiday party!




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