CHARITABLE GIVING

Valslist and the Winnetka Music Festival is proud to support the All-Stars Project of Chicago.

The All stars Project of chicago helps aspiring youth in our vastly disadvantaged Chicago communities to gain the support and mentorship they need to break out and achieve their potential to become productive and successful members of the business community.

We have made a substantial initial contribution to become one of the “Founding 50” in support of the All-Star Project’s Campaign to build an After School Development Center for Youth in downtown Chicago. Valslist has further committed to donate additional proceeds from this year’s Winnetka Music Festival, amount of which will be dependent on this year’s festival goers purchase of GA wristbands. As all of you know we are not a gated festival and the purchase of wristbands is on an honor code basis. We would like you to know that your wristband purchase will have a direct impact on our ability to give.

We believe that our selection of the All-Star Project for charitable support is a perfect match with both the festival and our community.

First, none of us can deny that our wonderful Winnetka community provides nothing but the finest opportunity for our children people as they grow and take the next step branching out to college and career. What could be more perfect than to acknowledge this and share a little bit of our good fortune directly with the youth of Chicagoland communities who deal with unbelievable adversity and severe odds of failure due to the circumstance into which they were born.

We have participated in many All-Stars events, giving us the opportunity to meet and talk extensively with the youth who partake in the program. We can tell you that we have found these young people to be of high moral character and outstanding initiative; in fact, a level of strength and initiative that we are hard-pressed to believe we would have in the same circumstance.

Second, the All-Star program uses performance as one of its key tools to enable these kids with the ability to play a productive part on the larger stage of business and life. Participants are taught that participating in business life has analogies to the stage and that they can use this perspective to understand that they must adapt to the role to be successful. They are taught that they must put on the costume required for the performance, understand their role and how it fits in with the other actors on the business stage, and boldly step onto that stage ready to perform. This helps these kids to see business not as some foreign endeavor that they could never join, but rather a landscape and stage on which they can perform if they take the time to understand it, study it and practice diligently for the role. This performance aspect of the All-Star program is not only highly valuable but very much in line with the performance of our artists on the stage for you.

This year Valslist and the Winnetka Music Festival are proud to have on our Fields Family Stage, Brothers on a Mission (BOM). Please come and support them as the boys dazzle you with their ability to entertain and engage the audience. If you can, take a moment to look at the All-Star Project website and take note of the myriad work that they do to give these children better path to succeed.

 

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THE ALL STARS PROJECT

The All Stars Project (ASP) is a privately funded national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. Led by President and CEO Gabrielle Kurlander, ASP involves over 20,000 young people every year in its afterschool programs in seven cities across the country.

Since 2007, All Stars Project of Chicago (ASP of Chicago) has touched the lives of 35,000 young people and families in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods including Englewood, Gage Park, North Lawndale, Little Village and Austin. ASP of Chicago is supported by some of Chicago’s leading companies including Equity Residential, Nuveen, USG, AMLI Residential, CBRE, Grant Thornton, Hilco Global, Walsh Construction and Waterton. Learn more at www.allstars.org.


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BROTHERS ON A MISSION

Brothers on a Mission, better known as “B.O.M.”, is a hip-hop group of siblings who can do it all. Jhi’Rhee (14), Jaharee (13), Justice (10) and the newest member Jhakkai (7) are managed by their parents Maurice and Yolanda Tylon and hail from the south side of Chicago. They are regular performers of the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) - a hip-hop talent show program for young people between the ages of 5 and 25. The ASTSN is a program of the All Stars Project, Inc., a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance in partnership with caring adults.

To take a line from their song “Like We Do”, they can write, rap, sing, and dance too. Their sound has a unique blend of old school R&B melodies, with new school Hip-Hop and Pop beats. B.O.M.’s sound is: positive, high energy, feel good music that appeals to all ages. In addition to performing in ASTSN shows, they have also performed as the featured act at the All Stars Project of Chicago Developing Downtown Annual Benefit Luncheon and the Partners with Youth Benefit Reception. B.O.M. has entertained at birthday parties, community, political, and social events for various crowds throughout the city of Chicago. B.O.M. is full of talent and swag, but their journey has just begun. Today Chicago, tomorrow the world!