Faces of Poverty Halloween Fundraiser

  • October 26, 2012 · 8:00 PM
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Since I have purchased this classic octagonal bungalow in Berwyn, I have restarted the tradition of having a Halloween party that also raises money for charity. While getting ~60-70 people the first couple of years from my closer friends circle, the plan is to expand it to a larger group, as the house can hold twice the people. The basement has an eight foot ceiling, and I had an 800 square foot floating wood floor installed for dancing.

Each year I choose different charities, and this year is a fundraiser for a local charity - Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (http://www.chicagohomeless.org); and for an organization that helps Third World poor attain basic health care - Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org).  One of their current projects is building a teaching hospital in Haiti.

The required donation is $20 a person / $30 for a couple. Cash and checks made out to me will be split between the charities. One can also write a check directly to either charity. 100% of the donations will go to the charities.

I will provide appetizing food, soda, water, ice, and I ask that you bring whatever alcohol you are drinking. Many decorations I have accumulated over the years will be featured.  My large poster collection, mannequins, cutouts, video and slide shows, and appropriate lighting, including the black light dance floor, add to the fun.  This is a costume required party, which makes it more magical for everyone, and there will be prizes for the best individual,  couple/group and blacklight costume  Also, I have hired two friends as waitstaff people to help me out.

For music, I select different tape mixes for the evening, which I have been doing since the early 80s, and I make a new dance tape side for each party. It will be a very eclectic mix for the evening-pop/rock/oldies/blues/Cajun/zydeco/country/swing/disco/new wave/world, all depending on what mixes are played. Halloween cocktail music starts the evening.

The age group of my very friendly friends is ~ 40-60, with a few younger and older, while all are welcome.  Besides posting this on several meetups this year, it is also being mentioned in a large weekly e-mail circulation on Chicago nightlife music and other fun events.

Parking has not been a problem, as people have found spots within 2 1/2 blocks.

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  • Bob Oehmen - Sunrise S.

    Great energy, lots of friendly people. Can't wait until next year!

    October 30, 2012

  • Brian R.

    Ed - hopefully I can come to your event next year, especially if it's for a good cause. I'm all about helping out and spreading kindness

    October 26, 2012

    • Edward

      Thanks, Brian. God bless for all your giving endeavors.

      October 28, 2012

  • Edward

    Thanks everyone for coming and donating to the selected charities! It was a very nice turnout for my first year expanding to meetup, and the mix of old and new friends worked out wonderfully. If you have any great photos, please share them here or e-mail them to me.
    Happy Halloween!

    October 28, 2012

  • Ann S.

    Tons of fun for a couple of great causes!!!

    October 27, 2012

  • Tracy F

    great group, great music, great cause

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! Had a great time. Lovely house, good food, good company. And lots of great dancing!

    October 27, 2012

  • Bob Oehmen - Sunrise S.

    I've been going to Ed's parties for decades - they are always a 'don't miss' event.

    October 26, 2012

  • Edward

    For those that don't know Berwyn, there is no 1700 or 2000 blocks and normally people find parking within a couple of blocks. There is a multi-block east-west parking lot just north of Cermak ~2 1/2 blocks away, while no one has had to park that far in past years.

    Anyone who hasn't responded and still want to come, feel free to join the Halloween bash. Responses has been great from all the meetups and other avenues, so it should be a 100+ party.

    October 25, 2012

  • Tracy F

    My favorite holiday!

    October 22, 2012

  • Edward changed the time from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    October 9, 2012

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