The recent “Band Together” fundraiser at the Community House in Hinsdale lived up to its name, as community members truly did band together for a good cause while enjoying live music by local bands.
The March 1 event benefitted the Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program, one of the Community House’s educational enrichment programs for low-income children and families.
“Willowbrook Corner provides outstanding services for residents of the Willowbrook area both before and after school. As funding in the state become more difficult, this event becomes even more critical,” said Jennifer Cherry of Hinsdale, Community House board member and co-chairman of the benefit with husband Doug and with Erin and Trevor Ferguson of Clarendon Hills. In addition to financial support, Cherry noted that another important aspect of the program is the mentorship that those involved show to youngsters.
More than 350 guests were treated to the sounds of two bands at the benefit concert. Young performers from the School of Rock in Hinsdale started the evening, and members of Paparockzii later took the stage.
Community House Executive Director Jenifer Fabian said she was thrilled with the strong turnout, especially considering that a snowstorm blanketed the area that evening. “People are really dedicated to this,” she remarks, adding that the 34 couples on the host committee worked hard to stage an event that would be both entertaining and successful for the cause.
The significance of community support for the program was underscored by Artelia Russell of Willowbrook, whose two children have participated in the Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program at their school. “The program means so much, and has helped us tremendously. The kids are able to learn important social and academic skills,” Russell told the crowd.
To learn more about the Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program, visit www.communityhouse.org.