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Apr 16 / Bryan

“Raise the Roof” Fundraiser: April 25 & 26


St.William Parish will host “Raising the Roof” on April 25 & 26 to raise funds to repair the roofs of the parish church, rectory, grammar school and convent. The two nights feature comedy, musical guests, food, raffles, a Chicago Media Auction and participation by Chicago celebrities. Friday’s guests include singer Vince Amore, WGN-TV reporter Maggie Carlo and ABC-7 meteorologist Phil Schwarz. Saturday’s show features rocker Chris Minardi, radio-tv personality Lise Dominique and Matt Spiegel from AM-670 The Score.

The centerpiece of the show is the local-themed comedy of The Harlem Nights Players (above). “Mont Clare Magic” pokes fun at life in Montclare: “politics, potholes, pay to park, block parties, yard sales, traffic circles, gangs… we cover it all,” says the group’s founder, writer, and director Jeff Kwit.

Auction items include an appearance on Jonathon Brandmeier’s radio show, a Bears sculpture from Garry Meier, and weather art from Tom Skilling. The raffle features a 39″ HDTV, a Blu Ray Disc Player, gift cards, dinners, gift baskets, and more.

Tickets are $5 in advance at St.William Rectory (2600 N. Sayre) thru April 24. Tickets will be $7 at the door on show nights. “Raising the Roof” takes place in Liebrich Hall, 2559 N.Sayre April 25-26. Doors open at 6pm, the show starts at 7pm. “This is not your father’s church fundraiser,” promises Kwit.

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