Lake Forest-based nonprofit Bravo Waukegan (Bravo) invites the community to come out for its annual benefit luncheon to support music education in Waukegan public schools (District 60).
Themed “Music Connects Us to the World,” the Sunday, May 19 fundraiser—held from noon to 2 p.m. at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest—will demonstrate how Bravo helps connect Waukegan to our community and beyond by offering music opportunities to students.
The event will feature a special live program performed by Waukegan public school musicians. Attendees will hear an inspirational talk and learn about Waukegan music students and why music is important to them. Bravo’s many programs provide new and donated instruments; music instruction during and after school and in the summer; as well as performance and teacher professional development opportunities—impacting 7,000 students through its programs each year.
Additionally, during the past nine years, Bravo has donated more than 2,230 band and orchestra instruments valued at $289,000. Bravo also sponsors five after-school mariachi bands for elementary schools and the annual Waukegan Music Festival at the Genesee Theatre, where more than 1,000 students perform.
Under the leadership of Lake Forest resident Pat Sikorovsky and her late husband, Eugene, Bravo Waukegan began as a grassroots effort to help boost music programs within Waukegan School District 60. Nine years later, the nonprofit has become an integral partner in supporting music education in the schools, bringing a variety of resources to Waukegan’s music students and their teachers. Based at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, it continues to support this highly diverse and underserved district.
For more information about Bravo Waukegan or the May 19 event, call 847-722-5821 or visit bravowaukegan.org. Tickets are $95; the event is open to the public.