Monday, November 27, 2006

Season of Concern's New Web Site

The new Season of Concern web site is up and running and I am so thrilled with it, happy about it and proud of it! Please visit the site, check out all the incredible new features, join our VIP site mailing list and pass on the new site link to your friends, family, co-workers and that hot guy from the gym.

You can even make a donation to Season of Concern online now via PayPal! Yep...we are definitely way ahead of our old rotary-dial, kitchen phone days.

Many of my theatre friends know Season of Concern, but I am proud to say that, while we remain committeed to providing direct-care support for people living with HIV/AIDS, Season of Concern recently announced an enhancement and expansion of our mission.

Season of Concern is the Chicagoland theatre community’s fundraising effort in providing compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness. This effort supports the fight against AIDS, contributing to programs that provide direct-care support (funded programs provide personal financial support, housing care, meals, medications, legal assistance and a variety of other services for people living with HIV and AIDS) to members of the theatre community and others in Chicago and the Midwest; and emergency needs expressed by theatre community members in their struggles against other life-threatening illnesses. Since 1988, funds have been raised through generous gifts from theatre artists, staffs, boards and audiences. Funds supported include The Actors’ Fund of America and the Biscotto-Miller Fund.

This Friday is World AIDS Day and already several theatres have begun collecting audience donations for Season of Concern. The Chicago cast of WICKED is 4 weeks into their Holiday Fund Drive. Their audience collections are going to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Chicago House and Season of Concern. During their last Fund Drive over the Easter Holiday, Season of Concern received $20,000 from WICKED Chicago!!!

The Chicago cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE started collecting for Season of Concern just three days ago and have already collected $4,000 for our organization. Thank you, SPELLING BEE!!!

Also, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble had a benefit performance for Season of Concern during their production of YERMA and also donated a portion of the proceeds from their Actor's Nights to us. They are amazing!

And the incredible cast of The Goodman Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL collect for Season of Concern after EACH AND EVERY PERFORMANCE!!! Over the past 15 years, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Goodman Theatre has donated $282,038.70 to Season of Concern!!!

Last but not least, Steppenwolf Theatre is hosting a benefit performance of SONIA FLEW on World AIDS Day with half of the tickets going to Season of Concern.

We are blessed with so many people working so hard to help us provide care for others in our community. Check out our new web site for even more info about Season of Concern...

And if you need the most incredible web page marketing master builder in town, ask me how to get ahold our Ms. Jodi Kinsgley, the designer of our new site. She is THE best!

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