The Community House is the rare intersection where great events meet vital programming for children of all ages. A staple in the Hinsdale and surrounding communities for over 70 years, the nonprofit organization offers both recreational activities and quality social services under one roof.
On Saturday evening, February 21, The Community House will once again host its “Band Together” benefit concert that will have attendees rocking out for an excellent cause. This casual, fun event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and will feature live performances by local artists from Hinsdale’s School of Rock and local band, Paparockzzi.
In its third year running, all proceeds from the event will benefit Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program, which serves the low-income youth of the Willowbrook Corner neighborhood—just six miles south of Hinsdale—by providing tutoring, career focus workshops, and academic support. Last year’s Band Together sold out. This year, there is every bit the expectation that the record turnouts of past years will be shattered, after making more tickets available online.
“It’s a really fun opportunity to shake off the winter blues and have a great time for a worthwhile, local cause,” says Jenifer Fabian, Executive Director of The Community House. Jenifer reminds guests to leave their ball gowns and tuxedos at home in exchange for a casual evening of entertainment—making it the perfect compliment to the December Holiday Ball.
Tickets are $75 per person, which includes appetizers, full bar, and top-notch live music: all in the hopes of raising over $30,000 for the outreach program that affects the sons and daughters of low income families. Since The Community House does not receive any tax support, it relies on the support of individual donors, business sponsorships, and events. Always looking to make giving back fun, a raffle includes terrific prizes—from Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks tickets to a private tour of Lincoln Park Zoo to an amazing golf outing at historic Conway Farms.
In providing after school and summer learning camps for these children, The Community House allows their parents to maintain a full time job while providing a safe and secure environment for their kids. Additionally, they also provide kids from kindergarten to 8th grade with food, recreation, and learning enrichment activities in a secure, productive environment.
Three years ago, The Community House lost significant funding from the United Way. Band Together was launched soon after as an event to raise awareness, community support, and energy to sustain and grow the program.
“This is such a crucial program for the working parents out of Willowbrook Corner,” says Trayce Biancalana, a Co-Chair of the event (pictured above, bottom right, with husband Tony Biancalana and Stacy and Mike Devine). “To allow them to hold down these jobs and really provide their kids—some of whom are already at risk—with additional academic, social, and emotional support can really be a lifeline for someone in need.”
The Community House is located at 415 West Eighth Street in Hinsdale. For more information, please call The Community House at 630-323-7500, or you may purchase tickets online at the communityhouse.org.
– By Simon Murray // Photography by Joel Lerner