Read More, Be More 2019

Read More, Be More: A Celebration of Arts and Literacy 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 5:30 PM

Event Host Karen Jordan of ABC7 News and Event Co-Chairs Sharon Book and Mary Ellen Messner cordially invite you to support
Emerald City Theatre at Read More, Be More: A Celebration of Arts and Literacy. 

Enjoy food, wine and beer, entertainment, and civic awards presentations at the exciting new Theater on the Lake at Fullerton Parkway and Lakeshore Drive. This event supports the programs of Emerald City Theatre as we help children creatively face the world. 

Tickets start at $150, Sponsorships start at $3,000. 

Purchase Event Tickets or Sponsorships Online

Can’t attend? You can still support the event by making a donation!

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Read More, Be More

A Celebration of Arts and Literacy

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Theater on the Lake 
2401 N Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton Parkway (valet available)

Join Emerald City Theatre in supporting the advancement of literacy and the arts in Chicago Public Schools at Read More, Be More! 

Your attendance will help Emerald City Theatre  (a non-profit organization) provide meaningful support to help Chicago’s children creatively face the world by: 

  • Creating theater that represents diverse communities and inspires early readers
  • Building self-confidence and teamwork through arts education classes and residencies
  • Supporting under-resourced schools by providing a free play and free companion book to low-income CPS students

Sponsorships are available. Click here to view and download more information. 


Purchase Tickets

Event Ticket: $150

  • Standard ticket
  • Buffet and passed appetizers
  • Drink selections
  • Silent auction
  • Awards ceremony and entertainment

Patron Pair: $500

  • Two VIP tickets with offerings listed above, plus preferred reserved seating
  • Listing on the printed invitation (with commitment by January 10, 2019)
  • Listing on the event’s printed program (with commitment by February 8, 2019)

Private Table of 10: $1,500

Event Committee

Emerald City Theatre’s Read More, Be More would not be possible without the
hard work and dedication of our 2019 event committee:

Event Committee Co-Chairs:

Sharon Book
Mary Ellen Messner

Event Host: 

ABC7’s Karen Jordan

Event Committee:

Holly Amatangelo
Karen Cardarelli, Executive Director
Ellen Freed
Shelley Sheward
Heike Spahn
Jacqueline Stone, Artistic Director
Charlene Tomazin



Thank you to our event sponsors: 

Emerald City Sponsors

Sharon & Neil Book

Ruby Slipper Sponsors

KPMG logo

Laura & Tony Davis and Linden Capital Partners 

Charlene & William Tomazin, Jr. 

Yellow Brick Road Sponsors

Bill Barry

Holly Johnson Carr & Tom Carr

Eric & Laurie Chern

 Michael Lawler

The Silberg Family

Julia Turk & Arnold Davis



Jessica Dunne & Brian Reshefsky

Ashley & Mike Joyce

Farissa Knox

David R. May & Lois A. Scott

Mike Temkin – Shaker Recruitment Marketing

Event Sponsor

Make It Better Media Logo

Sponsorships are available. Click here to view and download more information