On Friday, October 18th, at the Radisson Blu Aqua, the Chicago Children’s Choir wowed the attendees with musical performances ranging from Celebrate the World Mash Up featuring songs such as Where is the Love, We R Who We R, One Day, One, Imagine, and Let it Grow to the beautiful, classic Ave Maria. The program began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the various choirs performed, including the new Englewood Neighborhood Choir!
After dinner, there was a tribute to Christina and John Hatherly from the choirs ranging from Voice of Chicago, Neighborhood Honors Choir, and DiMension. Christina Hatherly accepted a Red Jacket and eloquently said “the Chicago Children’s Choir Mission is my heart, we are more alike than different and best when we work together in harmony.There is tangible social impact from children that make the music and the adults who gather to hear them”.
Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director of the Choir, spoke about Christina and said “Christina is living proof that music can change the world”. Attendees included Governor Pat Quinn, DJ Matt Roan, Azeeza Khan, and Alex Vasileski. Live Auction items included a Mexican getaway trip and a privately cooked dinner with Stephanie Izard of Chicago’s gem, Girl & the Goat. Event partners were the Sun-Times Foundation, Splash , Peroni, Marguerite Gardens, and Sugar Hills Bakery just to name a few.
After the dinner and performance, from 9 p.m. to midnight, guests were able to enjoy the Champagne & Sweets post-event party. There were delicious pumpkin macaroons, little eclairs with musical notes, and guests were able to mingle and use the photo booth.