Chicago Youth Centers’ 3rd annual Shake & Stir to raise funds for Bridgeport community

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Shannon Page
                   312.913.1700 ext. 451

Chicago Youth Centers’ 3rd annual Shake & Stir to raise funds for Bridgeport community  

The James Bond-themed fundraiser will support the children and families of CYC-Fellowship House

CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2018 — The Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) Auxiliary Board and Epsilon Economics will host the third annual Shake & Stir on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

The James Bond-themed event will help raise funds for CYC-Fellowship House in Bridgeport (844 W. 32nd St.) The Center is an energetic community hub located in the middle of a Chicago Housing Authority complex and serves more than 120 children ages 3-18 and their families each year. Through its programming, youth are equipped with the tools to succeed in the 21st century workplace. Whether the children are making care packages to distribute to the homeless population in Bridgeport or learning how to use 3-D printer pens, CYC-Fellowship House is known for being a safe haven and pillar of the Bridgeport community.

 “Epsilon Economics is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the third annual Shake & Stir,” said Tom Vander Veen, managing director at Epsilon Economics and a CYC board member. “We stand behind Chicago Youth Centers’ mission of equalizing access to resources for all of Chicago’s children, and we are especially excited about the positive impact this event will have on Bridgeport’s vibrant community.”

Shake & Stir will be hosted at the elegant Wintrust Grand Banking Hall (231 S. LaSalle Street) from 6 to 10 p.m.  The honorary chair is Alderman Patrick D. Thompson of the 11th Ward.

The event will feature:

  •  Live music by top Chicago band Maggie Speaks and dancing under the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall's high ceilings surrounded by neoclassical and Gothic Revival architecture with Art Deco influences.
  • Dance performances by Lady Jack Entertainment and a teen dance group from CYC-Elliott Donnelley Youth Center in Bronzeville.
  • An open bar featuring cocktails, wine, and beer sponsored by Tito's Vodka, Revolution Brewing, Mendocino Wine Co., and Stoller Imports.
  • Food stations featuring delicious local bites from the Polo Inn & Café, Newline Tavern, My Private Chef, Beavers Coffee + Donuts, and more.
  • A silent auction, raffle, a photo station, and more.

Last year, the second annual Shake & Stir raised more than $88,000 net for CYC-Sidney Epstein Youth Center in North Lawndale. CYC invites members of the media to attend the event or visit CYC-Fellowship House. For more information or photo permission, please contact Shannon Page, CYC Director of Communications, at (312) 913-1700 ext. 451 or Tickets start at $100. To purchase, visit CYC’s website.

About Chicago Youth Centers (CYC): For more than 1,400 children ages 3-18, CYC is where possibility lives. CYC provides youth in Chicago’s underserved communities with the tools and resources needed to achieve success in the 21st century. Through its seven neighborhood Centers and community partner sites that offer out-of-school time programs, CYC creates opportunities for experiential learning, so youth are empowered to persist in school and develop employable skills. At CYC, youth discover their potential and ultimately enter a pathway to upward mobility. Learn more at, on Twitter @ChicagoCYC, and