The dress circle of the Auditorium Theatre was packed with young Chicagoans this past Saturday night as the Junior Board hosted a private reception before watching River North Dance Chicago take to the theatre’s historic stage. The Junior Board, a diverse group of young professionals committed to furthering the mission of the Auditorium Theatre, is devoted not only to helping fund the restoration and preservation of our National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre, but also to raise awareness and generate support for the Auditorium’s educational outreach efforts and world-renowned programming. Part of this goal will be expanded in 2014 as the board kicks off an initiative to develop a base of Members-at-Large throughout the city. Members-at-Large will have the opportunity to attend Junior Board events and fundraisers throughout the year, spread awareness about the theatre during the pivotal 125 Season which begins this September, and participate in volunteer activities.
The event this past Saturday showed the board is off to a promising start for the Members-at-Large campaign. Attendees at the River North reception came from all different types of professional backgrounds. One of the great parts about being an Auditorium Theatre supporter is the interaction it provides for young Chicagoans with a variety of interests. The Junior Board currently consists of architects, marketing executives, attorneys, bankers, artists, and graphic designers among others, and is expanding rapidly to include a host of young professionals who are helping to bring great things to the city. Among the upcoming projects for the board is a renovation project to provide an accessible entryway for the theater at 50 E. Congress Parkway, as well as a fundraiser on June 10 for the theatre’s Hands Together, Heart to Art performing arts summer camp for children who have lost a parent. The Junior Board and Members-at-Large will also be working to promote an upcoming “Made in Chicago” Film Series for the 125th Anniversary Season. The film series will be free to the public and give the board a great chance to showcase the breathtaking theatre to a widespread audience. Stay tuned for the possibility to vote on one of the movies that will be screened.