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Professional Convention Management Association

November 04 2015

GMC Brings Vaudeville to Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly!

Kris Marinelli Jebson, GMC Community Services Committee
GMC PCMA brought an array of talented acts to perform for elders on October 29. For the past two years, GMC PCMA has hosted an array of special events for the elders, and raised $18,000 to benefit Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly programming.

In lieu of the weekly Thursday Coffee Club, elders walked into a party room decorated to match the theme "Vaudeville on Ashland."

“This was just wonderful, so much fun," said Dorothy, an elder who was one of the lucky raffle winners." View the fantastic photos from this epic event.

Thank you to our sponsored Vaudeville acts. Please consider utilizing them for your team building or special event needs! Acts included:

Emcee/Comedian - Rudy Voit,
Comedy Sportz Chicago offers Chicago shows, comedy improv classes, and improv comedy for corporate training, entertainment, and private events in Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for comedy clubs for a private or corporate outing or want to learn improv comedy, you have found the right place.

Hula Hooper and Contortionist - The Actor’s Gymnasium
The Actors Gymnasium provides "Entertainment that Flies" for special events all over Chicago and the Midwest. They have 20 years of experience providing interactive circus and performing art entertainment for corporate events, nonprofit galas, private parties and community celebrations. With performers ranging from jugglers to contortionists to trapeze artists, they have the entertainers to make your event one to remember. They also offer team building workshops for groups sized 1-100. View the team building workshops or request a quote.

Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers - Tim Cooper,
Chamber Singers are the premier ensemble at Lincoln Park High School. The choir is comprised of upperclassmen that pass a rigorous audition. The ensemble is dedicated to performing high quality repertoire which focuses primarily on unaccompanied literature ranging from Renaissance to Spirituals to Jazz. The choir has upwards of 30 performances each school year in and around Chicago including the Joffrey Ballet, Goodman Theater, and Chicago Symphony Hall. Their accomplishments have been recognized on the state and national level, and the choir has been featured on local television as well as The Today Show.

Pianist - Ed Collins,
Ed Collins has been playing the piano for as long as he can remember and it shows in every song he pours his heart and soul into. Everything from Phil Collins, Elton John and Jackson Browne to Bobby Darren, Sinatra, Cold Play and show tunes. Ed’s gift to play song after song without missing a beat leads to hours of musical enjoyment for all ages.

Magician - Anthony Sacco,
Anthony Sacco was recently voted Best Magician in Chicago by the Chicago Reader. He performs over 150 private and public shows annually and his vast repertoire of effects has gotten him into music videos on MTV, theaters in Egypt, and little Timmy's 5th birthday party.

A special shout out to our very own Antoinette Gonzalez with Aries Charter Transportation,
Antoinette performed the Cha Cha and Foxtrot. Both dances were performed with Igor Anfonkin- who competes all over the U.S and coaches students. Igor and Antoinette have danced together for about a year and recently competed in their first competition as a Pro-Am couple with excellent results.

Another one of our own, Teresa Matamoros, with Meetings Partner LLC,
Teresa performed a beautiful Tango. Everyone was in awe of the beauty of the dance and Teresa’s fabulous red shoes!

Special recognition to the following sponsors that made the event complete:
  • Audio Visual - Brian Oriordan, Encore US
  • Breakfast - provided by Corner Bakery and sponsored by Marriott Global Sales

About the Author
Kris Marinelli Jebson is Director, Global Sales for MGM Resorts International. She is a member of GMC’s Community Services Committee.