Barrel of Monkeys holding 9th-Annual Fundraiser: Oct 22

Barrel of Monkeys Fancy Schmancy Benefit - A Magical Place


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Fancy Schmancy Benefit: A Magical Place


Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based non-profit arts education company, has announced their annual fall fundraiser, The Fancy Schmancy Benefit, to be held Friday, October 22 at the Ravenswood Event Center.  Proceeds from this event support Barrel of Monkeys programming in the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District.

Barrel of Monkeys has taught creative writing and drama to upwards of 8,000 Chicago elementary school students since 1997. Their accomplished theater artists have adapted more than 3,500 children’s stories into sketches and songs for the stage and performed those stories for the student authors and the general public as a celebration of the creativity of Chicago kids, the majority of whom have extremely limited access to the arts.

That's Weird, Grandma - Barrel of Monkeys - Photo Credit Erich Nerger This year’s Fancy Schmancy Benefit will feature a performance of some of the company’s favorite child-authored stories, as well as cocktails, a dinner buffet, opportunities to participate in creative writing activities, a raffle, and a live and silent auction. The whimsical spirit of Barrel of Monkeys will pervade the event through the theme Magical Place, based upon a hugely-popular story written by Dulce H., a 4th grader from Columbia Explorers Academy. 
"It’s the only benefit I know of that includes copious amounts of people in boas and specially-made hats," said Executive Director Amanda Farrar. "There is also a rumor that there will be a showing of attendees in wedding dresses.  Where else can you find that at a benefit?"

The raffle prize is tickets for 2 to Saturday Night Live plus roundtrip airmiles.  Auction prizes include tickets toLate Night with Jimmy Fallon, tickets to see the Yankees and other sporting events, vacations to Myrtle Beach and Florida, unique Monkey encounters, fine dining at Mia Franchesca and Oceanique, spa packages, theater tickets galore, and much, much more.

Also at this year’s Fancy Schmancy, Barrel of Monkeys will be honoring Chicago theater critic Christopher Piatt, a long time supporter of the company.  
"We want to publicly thank Chris for all the work he has done to help Chicago theater," explained Farrar, "and as he has been a particularly avid supporter of Barrel of Monkeys, we think it fitting to acknowledge him at this celebratory event!"
Barrel of Monkeys was recently voted one of the nation’s worthiest charities in the Chase Community Giving program, earning them a grant of $20,000., one of the top 3 websites for parents in the US, recognized them as #1 in a nationwide list of the 25 best organizations and charities for children.  TheChicago Reader has said, "This group is funnier than anything at Second City, more genuinely creative than anything at Lookingglass, and does more good than all the other nonprofit theaters in town put together."

As a non-profit, Barrel of Monkeys depends on the generosity of its donors to continue providing unique and high-quality programming in the communities that need it the most.  The illustrious Fancy Schmancy Benefittraditionally provides more than one-tenth of the company’s annual revenue alone.

The 9th Annual Fancy Schmancy Benefit: A Magical Place
Friday, October 22 from 7:00—11:00PM.
Ravenswood Event Center, 4025 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.
$85 in advance, $100 at the door or $110 for a Fancy Schmancy ticket, which includes various fancy accessories, the highlight of which are custom-made fancy hats.

Tickets may be obtained online at, or by mailing a check to Barrel of Monkeys, 4432 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.
For more information, call 773.506.7140.

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