Read More, Be More

Join Emerald City Theatre in supporting the advancement of literacy and the arts in Chicago Public Schools at Read More, Be More: A Seussian Celebration of Arts and Literacy, an adults-only Seuss-themed fundraiser honoring educators, partners, and supporters of Emerald City Theatre and our arts and literacy out reach program, One Fund.

Emerald City Theatre’s
A Seussian Celebration of Arts and Literacy

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Alhambra Palace
1240 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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At this Seussical salute to arts and literacy, guests will:

  • Celebrate our One Fund-winning partner schools that receive Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund grant
  • Honor the corporations and individuals supporting literacy and the arts through Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund program
  • Place bids during our silent auction, with spectacular items such as restaurant certificates, sporting events, live theater, and more 
  • Sip on delectable beer and wine selections
  • Enjoy Zagat-rated cuisine in the breathtaking Alhambra Palace ballroom

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 Tickets Prices:

  • $150 VIP Ticket: Includes exclusive access to VIP lounge, an awards ceremony honoring educators, partners, and supporters with Zagat-rated cuisine, drink selections, a silent auction, and entertainment
  • $100 Event Ticket: Includes an awards ceremony honoring educators, partners, and supporters with Zagat-rated cuisine, drink selections, a silent auction, and entertainment


Adults Only

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Your attendance will help Emerald City Theatre reach more students with free plays and free companion books through its One Fund program, thereby strengthening literacy and arts education in Chicago Public Schools.

Unable to attend? Consider making a donation!

Digital Auction

Can’t make our event on March 2? You can still bid on a great selection of items and experiences in our silent auction, including: 

  • Tickets to amazing shows at The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Broadway in Chicago, to name a few
  • An overnight driving experience of a Tesla Model S
  • Chicago Cubs jersey signed by the legendary pitcher Kerry Wood
  • Gift certificates to delicious Chicago restaurants
  • Beauty products and experiences from some of Chicago’s most prestigious salons
  • Creative classes for kids & adults
  • And MORE!

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We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Read More, Be More awards, whose commitment to the expansion of literacy and arts education has greatly benefited Chicago Public Schools students.

One Fund Community Leader Award Recipient:

Amita Health

One Fund Supporter Award Recipient:

Rick and Mary Van Horne

One Fund Arts Education Award Recipient:

Crown Community Academy


Committee & Sponsors

Emerald City Theatre’s Read More, Be More would not be possible without the hard work and dedication from our 2017 event committee and sponsor listed below.

Event Committee Co-Chairs:

Stephanie Free
Tom Shumaker
Charlene Tomazin

Event Committee:

Sharon Book
Aaron Fershee
Ellen Freed
Kristen Himmerick
Claire Hoppenworth
Amy Lavery
Sarah Simone
Dinna Trovero

Event Sponsors:

Holly Johnson Carr and Tom Carr

Sharon & Tom Shumaker Charitable Fund

The Free Family

Alper Services, LLC

Children’s Learning Place

Phuel Strategies