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"Sing a Joyful Noise" - Church Choir Challenge
Thanks to all of those who attended and supported our 8th Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit: Sing a Joyful Noise on Sunday, April 17 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year attracted more than 500 guests including members of our top five competing choirs participating in our inaugural Church Choir Challenge!
It was nothing short of spiritually uplifting to have the choirs from Prince of Peace (Lake Villa), St. Benedict (Chicago), St. Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich), St. Peter (Antioch), and St. Vincent de Paul (Chicago), perform in a friendly sing-off competition for a chance to win up to $2,500 to be used for a cause within their own church. Everyone was a winner and each choir was awarded at least $1,000 to take back to their parish.
Our Chicago celebrity panel of judges which included FOX32 News Anchor Natalie Bomke and her husband Ed Swiderski (winner on season five of The Bachelorette), Associate Professor of Education Leadership at DePaul University Fr. Anthony Dosen, C.M., House of Blues Senior Talent Buyer Sean McDonough, and CBS 2 News Reporter Mike Puccinelli selected St. Benedict as the winner of the Church Choir Challenge.
St. Benedict came out on top, but all of the choirs performed beautifully. It was a "joyful noise" indeed.
Net proceeds will be divided among our ten districts throughout Cook and Lake counties to fund new programs that offer direct service to the poor and their local communities including our new systemic change program at the Pope Francis Center. The Center at 2815 N. Kimball in Chicago works with individuals whose needs are of a chronic nature.
We are blessed by all the good works done by good people. Without the generosity of our Vincentian family, friends, and supporters, we would not have the resources to make such an impact on the hundreds of thousands of lives that are changed each year through the compassion in action that we see at St. Vincent de Paul Chicago.
Again, we appreciate everyone's support and hope to see you next year at our 9th Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit!
Friends of the Poor® Church Choir Challenge Finalists
Top Five Choirs Selected!
- Prince of Peace (Lake Villa)
- St. Benedict (Chicago)
- St. Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich)
- St. Peter (Antioch)
- St. Vincent de Paul Parish (Chicago)
The choir finalists advance to the next level of competition at our 8th Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit on Sunday, April 17 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace from 11am-3pm.
Each choir finalist receives a $1,000 donation, and the Grand Prize winner chosen at the benefit by a panel of Chicago celebrity judges receives a $2,500 donation.
Bring your family and friends and join us for a delicious champagne brunch, live auction, fun games, fabulous prizes including a Grand Prize Car Raffle, and see the top five church choir finalists perform live on stage!
Thanks to all of the outstanding choir entrants and to those who participated in the selection process!
Net proceeds from event and raffle tickets will be divided among our ten districts throughout Cook and Lake counties to fund new programs that offer direct service to the poor.
Backpacks for the Homeless
Conferences distribute backpacks to help the homeless
On the evening of a rainy November 11, 2015, members of the St. Tarcissus and Our Lady of Victory conferences distributed 25 oversized backpacks to the local homeless at the food pantry located at St. John's Lutheran Church. Each backpack was filled with various outdoor living essentials to aid the clients for the upcoming winter season.
After seeing something similar on the internet that sparked his interest, St. Tarcissus Conference President Mark Stemper, spearheaded the efforts of the Conference in gathering cash donations and items to be contained in the backpacks.
"They're homeless, and they need something. We are trying to help those that live in our neighborhood," Stemper said. "They get hope knowing that someone cares."
From September through November, the members of the St. Tarcissus Conference, working in concert with one another in the spirit of Frederic Ozanam, collected and assembled the backpacks. Carol Reardon from Our Lady of Victory Conference was in charge of distributing the backpacks.
The backpacks were twice the size of a normal child's backpack and were donated by a member of the parish. The St. Tarcissus Women's Club and Shawl Ministry made a hat and scarf for each of the clients along with a sleeping mat made out of recycled plastic grocery bags. Heavy duty vinyl ponchos, new shirts, gloves, socks, hand warmers and various toiletries were some of the purchased items. Donated items included energy bars from Boy Scout Troop 969, water bottles, toothpaste and toothbrushes from a local dentist, fleece blankets, and flashlights.
Dolores Fallon, the documentarian for the project said, "When we asked for help, it was there. Many people from the Parish Community stepped forward to contribute and to help the night we assembled all the items."
The first person to receive a backpack was an 86-year-old woman who asked, "Is this for me?"
"It is a warm feeling to see someone who is benefiting from your good work. It just makes you feel good," Fallon said after seeing a client wearing one of the backpacks.
This backpack idea has spread to other conference presidents and St. Vincent de Paul organizations that are looking to do this project this year.
"In November, most people think of what they are thankful for, so this was our way of giving thanks," Stemper said.