Chicago Children’s Choir 57th Gala

Ellee Pai Hong & Josephine Lee

Singing in perfect harmony…

The melody of the Chicago Children’s Choir filled the room at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel much to the delight of attendees at the “Red Jacket Optional” gala on Friday, October 18. Breaking past records, over $800,000 was raised at the choir’s 57th annual event. Honored at the gala were Christina and John Hatherly, of Wynnchurch Capital. Well-deserved, Ms. Hatherly previously served as the Director of Choral Programs of the Chicago Children’s Choir and on the Board of Directors for six years.

A delightful evening of entertainment was directed by talented artistic director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee, featuring special performances by the Voice of Chicago and the debut of the Englewood Neighborhood Choir, a new after school program.

Ms. Lee, has spent almost 15 years at the helm of the Chicago Children’s Choir forming the choir into a nationally-renowned organization. “Music is more than notes on a page,” she says. “Through our breadth of repertoire, these children are learning diverse social codes and through their voices are able to bring cultures together. Chicago Children’s Choir helps our singers become cultural diplomats and world citizens in our global society.”

Why is this organization so important in shaping society in Chicago? “Violence in Chicago has reached epidemic proportions,” Ms. Lee shares. “We as a community must help our city’s children find an alternative to the streets, and music holds the power to change their lives.”

The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization that shapes and forms the talent of approximately 3,500 of Chicago’s children, ages 8-18. Make a difference today by supporting this invaluable organization. Please visit the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Marcin Cymmer and Jeff Schear Photographs

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About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.