North Shore United Way (NSUW) hosted an evening of live a cappella music at Lake Street Church in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, September 29. The concert, sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank and Whole Foods, raised nearly $8,000 for North Shore United Way. More than 150 guests enjoyed performances by local music groups including the QuintEssentials, Flashback, Treble Makers and CQ. The evening’s tunes ranged from thoughtful folk ballads, to 60’s “doo-wap” pop and today’s Top 40’s hits.
All concert proceeds support LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s community-impact plan, focusing resources on the building blocks of strong and self-sufficient families — education, income and health.
“United Way works everyday to bring together voices, incredible talents and resources,” said Deb Price, NSUW Board President. “I can imagine no greater symbol or celebration of exciting LIVE UNITED 2020 work than our ‘LIVE UNITED in Harmony’ a cappella concert.”
The QuintEssentials opened the night, earning laughs during a dramatic version of “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To!” Flashback, a local mixed-gender barbershop quartet, hit high-notes in a medley including, “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp).” Treble Makers, four Evanston Township High School seniors who’ve charmed audiences since joining together as freshmen, won the crowd with surprising a cappella arrangements of modern hits, including “Killing Me Softly” and “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Showcasing their penchant for musical history, CQ (the men of a mixed group, Coriolis) ended the evening in a thoughtful collection of tunes.
“This was truly a community event, with a wonderful variety of performances, speakers, sponsors, board support, and prize drawings,“ said Sue Heintz, Vice President of Community Awareness for the NSUW Board. “It’s gratifying to work together to help change the odds for children and families in need on the North Shore.”
Concert guests participated in drawings to win more than $3,000 worth of prizes, including Bears football tickets and an autographed football, a diamond necklace from Cottage Jewelers in Evanston, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra tickets, restaurant gift certificates, movie nights, golf outings and more. Prize winners were announced during the post-event reception at Lake Street Church.