Read More, Be More

You helped raise $95,000 for Emerald City Theatre’s Artistic, Education, and Outreach programs!


Thank You


On March 2, you gathered at Alhambra Palace for Read More: Be More: A Seussian Celebration of Arts and Literacy to celebrate partners and supporters of Emerald City Theatre’s signature outreach program, One Fund, which provides a free performance and a free companion book to low-income CPS students. 

You laughed along with our host, WGN-TV’s Ana Belaval, enjoyed a sneak peek of ECT’s upcoming production of The Wiz, and honored One Fund’s biggest championsAMITA Health, Crown Community Academy, and Rick and Mary Van Horne. You were also the first to hear that ECT will be partnering again with Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osborne for the One Fund next season! 

Most importantly, you helped raise $95,000 which will go toward next season’s Artistic, Education, and Outreach programs!

The night culminated with a surprise gift from North Avenue Day Nursery, closing its doors after 109 years in operation. Excess wind-down funds are being donated to nonprofits serving low-income children. Emerald City Theatre is thrilled to be among the chosen recipients. The $500,000 gift will be used to eliminate company debt and establish cash reserves, ensuring a far more secure future for the company.




We are proud to have celebrated the following 2017 Read More, Be More award winners!

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 have been 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