The Woman’s Club of Evanston’s (WCE) annual benefit show, “Working Nine to W(h)ine…It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” starts on March 8. Proceeds from this year’s production will fund the Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. (YJC), a nonprofit agency that assists job seekers ages 14-25 in finding employment. The YJC also works with employers to help them meet their staffing needs by referring applicants who are trained in basic job skills and ready to get to work.
For this year’s benefit show, the WCE’s clubhouse will be transformed into the “hustle and bustle” of Evanston celebrated through work and life as approximately 200 volunteers work in front of and behind the curtain to create the theatrical production. The benefit show consists of 34 humorous song parodies on a variety of topics ranging from Charlie Sheen, to “naughty” Scrabble, and men that can’t dance. The benefit show is written, directed, choreographed, and performed by WCE members and friends. Approximately 1,800 people come to see the WCE’s benefit show each year.
Started in 1951 as a fashion show and revue by the WCE’s Young Woman’s Auxiliary, the benefit show has evolved into a beloved theatrical production that touches the lives of many people in need. Since 1996, the WCE’s benefit show has raised money for one pre-selected beneficiary chosen each year by the WCE’s Contributions Committee, giving the show a bigger meaning and providing a focus for everyone who volunteers their time and talent. In 2011, the WCE’s benefit show, “Cut, Clarity, Comedy… A Diamond Anniversary Show,” raised $32,625 for the Expressive Therapy Program at Children’s Home + Aid’s Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center.
“Working Nine to W(h)ine…It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” performances are March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at The Woman’s Club of Evanston, located at 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Ill. Metered street parking, lot, and garage are conveniently located within walking distance of the club. All shows start at 8 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase by visiting www.wcofe.org and clicking on “Benefit Show.” Tickets are $32.50 each. Additionally, premium seating tickets can be purchased for $40.00. A special pre-performance Opening Night Gala cocktail party will be held on March 8th from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., featuring the musical stylings of WCE members Jennifer French and Molly Conrad. Opening Night Gala cocktail party tickets are $15.
About The Woman’s Club of Evanston
The Woman’s Club of Evanston is a non-profit organization dedicated to community service, philanthropic work, and friendship. The WCE was founded in 1889; its clubhouse was opened in 1913. With over 400 members from the North Shore and Chicago, the WCE raises funds and contributes volunteer hours to support local charities, primarily serving women and children. Last year, the WCE raised over $120,000 to support local organizations and contributed over 5,000 volunteer hours.
For more information about The Woman’s Club of Evanston, visit www.wcofe.org. The Woman’s Club of Evanston is also on Facebook. “Like” the WCE’s fan page at www.facebook.com/pages/Womans-Club-of-Evanston.
About Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc.
The Youth Job Center is a nonprofit agency in Evanston that assists job seekers ages 14-25 in finding employment. The YJC also works with employers to help them meet their staffing needs by referring applicants who are trained in basic job skills and ready to get to work. The YJC has been a leading provider of employment-related services for disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Evanston and Chicago, serving more than 20,000 young people during its 29-year history. YJC was founded on the belief that this population is an undeveloped community asset—a valuable, untapped source of energy, talent and productivity.
For more information about Youth Job Center of Evanston, visit www.youthjobcenter.org