What does the breakout musical Hamilton: An American Musical have to do with children's services in Chicago? More than you might think.
Last night, 200 friends and supporters of Bright Promises Foundation enjoyed a performance of Hamilton: An American Musical, with a portion of each ticket benefiting Bright Promises' multiple child-serving initiatves.
Together, participants of this benefit helped to raise more nearly $20,000 to support forward-thinking and innovative programs that create opportunities for low-income and at-risk children throughout Chicagoland. Examples of activities supported by this benefit include community-based workshops for parents and caregivers in the South Shore neighborhood, mental health programs for infants and young children in the western suburbs, and anti-violence training for youth and their families in Englewood.
During an informal reception before the show, Bright Promises' Board Vice President Marilyn Eisenberg welcomed everyone and shared a few remarks:
"In the song 'Dear Theodosia,' Aaron Burr makes a promise to his newborn child that we think just perfectly represents Bright Promises and our mission to serve the children of Chicago. He sings “If we lay a strong enough foundation, We’ll pass it on to you, We’ll give the world to you, And you’ll blow us all away.”
We all know how difficult it is to solve the problems that face at risk children, their parents and the community on a daily basis. And I want you all to know how deeply committed Bright Promises’ is to finding the solutions that work."
Following the performance, Bright Promises' Director of Devlopment reflected on lifeof Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and the many ways she carried on her husband's nobel work. "It is amazing the incredibly important role that both philanthropy and service to children play in the story of Hamilton. After his death, Hamitlon's wife worked with veterans, helped raised funds for the Washington Memorial, she founded New York's first private orphanage where she helped hundreds of children. So much of his legacy is connected to helping the most vulnerable members of our community, especially children."
The staff and Board of Directors wish to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who helped to make our Hamilton benefit such a success. Together, we can "Rise Up" and make a real difference in the lives of children and families who deserve a chance to flourish and thrive!