Benefit Concert — Black Tie-Dye Ball 3-6-2004



Concert Invitation


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Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra
Saturday, March 6, 2004

Park West Theater, Chicago IL–In the spring of 1984 the first Rex benefit was held in San Rafael, California. For the next 11 years, the Grateful Dead performed Rex benefit concerts across the country that resulted in over $7 million in grants to some 900 programs. In December 2001, the Rex Foundation initiated its renewal efforts by presenting benefit events and extending its reach to a broad base of supporters, and has since granted $350,000 to 50 programs.

The Black Tie-Dye Ball initiated our 20th Anniversary of grant making with the first benefit outside the Bay Area since 1994. This evening was a celebration on many levels. We honored our history while also celebrating the success of our renewal efforts to connect with an extended base of musicians and fans who want to see the Rex Foundation once again fund many worthwhile programs.

We extend our deepest appreciation to Dark Star Orchestra for their generous support and welcoming of Rex to Chicago, the home of their first concerts. We also thank our Chicago Host Committee for helping us create a successful event outside of our home base.

Everyone participating in this event – musicians, production staff, in-kind contributors, ticket purchasers, generous supporters, and volunteers – are making it possible to not only celebrate the joy of community, but also to support the Rex Foundation’s efforts to fund grassroots programs across the United States and beyond that might not otherwise receive mainstream recognition, yet work in innovative, bold and sometimes controversial ways to bring about helpful solutions to challenging situations.

See Event Beneficiaries to learn about the local-area programs we identified to receive proceeds from this event. We hope all event participants feel proud to have made this support possible. As from the first Rex benefit concert 20 years ago, it is the coming together of all of us to enjoy the music, our community spirit and desire to help others that fosters joy, hope and the opportunity to make a difference.

Thank you.
Sandy Sohcot, Executive Director
Rex Foundation Board of Directors


Recipients of Black Tie-Dye Ball Proceeds

The Rex Foundation has identified the following organizations to each receive $5,000 from the Black Tie-Dye Ball. These Chicago-vicinity programs carry out excellent work in the arts and in providing needed social services.

Albany Park Theater Project
Founded in 1996, the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) is a multi-ethnic ensemble of teenagers creating original performance works out of real-life stories from Chicago’s immigrant, working class Albany Park neighborhood. The program emphasizes three goals: To 1) Create dynamic original theater that represents the real stories of teens and other Albany Park community members in a manner that culturally, economically and age-diverse audience members finds compelling, challenging and inspiring; 2) Help teenagers recognize and achieve their potential, with a particular emphasis on encouraging and nurturing their educational ambitions; 3) Contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of the Albany Park neighborhood, an arts-poor community where ATPT is the only performing arts organization. Today, APTP performs for more than 4,000 people each year, and has built a repertoire of more than 50 performance works integrating theater, dance and music.

Cathedral Shelter of Chicago
Since 1915, Cathedral Shelter has provided effective and compassionate social services, particularly to people suffering from addiction. Through crisis intervention, addiction recovery, community assistance and life skills development programs, Cathedral Shelter works to prevent homelessness and hunger. The Rex Foundation will specifically help support the Christmas Basket program which works to prevent hunger and homelessness through the distribution of emergency food, housing and utility assistance, clothing vouchers and crisis counseling to low-income seniors, people with HIV and low-income West Side families.

Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC)
Founded in 1975 by a group of women, including several medical professionals, the Chicago Women’s Health Center provides women’s reproductive health care, embracing the following mission: 1) Provide quality health care and counseling services to all women regardless of ability to pay; 2) Help women gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective advocates for their health care; 3) Share information and promote preventative health practices through community outreach; 4) Work in coalition with other groups to identify women’s public health concerns and bring these concerns to the attention of policy makers. CWHC operates as a modified collective, and is the oldest existing women’s health collective in the United States.

Grand Avenue Club, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)
The Grand Avenue Club was founded in 1991 by a community-wide coalition consisting of adults who had themselves experienced mental illness, their families and friends, as well as organizations that were concerned about the issue of mentally ill adults and their exclusion from every important opportunity that makes life satisfying. The Club provides hundreds of Milwaukee area adults with pre-vocational, employment, educational, housing and recreational opportunities that support their full integration into community life. In 1993 the clubhouse initiated its very successful Employment program, in 1996 its Housing program, and in 2003 the clubhouse secured funding to focus on newly diagnosed younger people (ages 18 to 25) who might otherwise drop out of school because of mental illness. In 2002 Grand Avenue Club moved to a new, permanent downtown location that is easily accessible to every metropolitan area neighborhood.

Family of Glenn Carrier
Glenn Carrier, a long-time member of the Grateful Dead crew, and more recently with Dark Star Orchestra, passed away in early February 2004. In honor of Glenn’s memory, the Rex Foundation designated some proceeds from the March 6, 2004 Black Tie-Dye Ball Benefit for Glenn’s family.