Tuesday March 19 5:42 am

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ABC 7 Anchor Karen Jordan Returns as Host of Emerald City Theatre's Read More, Be More Fundraising Gala

04/03/2019 - 17:30
04/03/2019 - 23:00

Also announced were the winners of ECT’s 2019 Community Awards:

The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events has been selected for Emerald City Theatre’s 2019 Community Leader Award. This honor is given to an organization that shares the values of ECT’s purpose, to help Chicago’s children creatively face the world through professional theater programs. DCASE’s herculean work department-wide to create and implement 2018’s Year of Creative Youth and 2019’s Year of Chicago Theatre have uniquely lifted up ECT programs in support of helping our most important constituent, Chicago’s children.

William G. Hibbard Elementary has been selected for Emerald City Theatre’s 2019 Arts Education Award. This honor is given to a Chicago Public Elementary School that excels in its efforts to prioritize arts education and exhibits passion and creativity in how it does this. ECT has worked with Hibbard Elementary for over three years and has been continuously impressed with the administrative leadership, dedication of its teachers and enthusiasm of its students. This was one of the reasons, during this 2018-2019 school year Hibbard won the largest One Fund grant package Emerald City offers (valued at $15,000).

Guests at Read More, Be More: A Celebration of Arts and Literacy will enjoy lakefront views, food, wine and beer, entertainment, and civic awards presentations. Proceeds from the event will benefit Emerald City Theatre in its mission to help Chicago’s children creatively face the world. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased at www.EmeraldCityTheatre.com.

Read More, Be More is sponsored by JSSI, KPMG, Charlene & William Tomazin, Jr., Billy Barry, Holly Johnson Carr & Tom Carr, Michael Lawler, The Silberg Family, Julia Turk & Arnold Davis, Jessica Dunne & Brian Reshefsky, David R. May & Lois A. Scott, and Make It Better Media.

About Karen Jordan:
Karen Jordan co-anchors the #1 rated weekend newscast in Chicago, the ABC 7 Weekend News with Ravi Baichwal. Jordan, who grew up in Evanston, Ill., joined ABC 7 Chicago in July 2003.

Jordan previously served as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pa., where she worked from 2000-03. In addition to anchoring the station's weekend newscast, she served as the primary fill-in for WPHL's weekday anchor and covered breaking news and local stories.

Jordan has been recognized for excellence throughout her career. Most recently, she was named a 2003 Rising Star by Today's Chicago Woman. She was honored with the YMCA Black Achiever Award in 2000 and received the Bethune Recognition for women in the media from the National Council of Negro Women in 1999. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Jordan graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., with a B.A. degree in English in 1994. She earned a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1995.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Jordan is married to broadcast journalist Christian Farr. Her father, Robert Jordan, is a long-time anchor and reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago.

About the Year of Chicago Theatre:
Emerald City Theatre is proud to be part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, presented by the City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s always a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at www.ChicagoPlays.com.

About Emerald City Theatre:
Emerald City Theatre (ECT) is Chicago’s largest theater for young audiences, reaching children 0 – 15-years-old through its three pillars of work: artistic, education, and outreach. Serving an average of over 60,000 children and their grown-ups annually, the company has created over 100 productions in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Downtown Chicago.

ECT also builds skills in children through its yearly camps, classes, and residencies – the largest theater arts education program in Chicago, serving over 64,000 students to date and an average of 200 schools annually.

ECT’s signature outreach program, One Fund supports increased literacy among Chicago’s children by providing a free play and free companion book to low-resourced Chicago Public Schools students. In 2018, ECT provided 95,000 free books to CPS students in Kindergarten – 3rd grade as part of a partnership with Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House book series.

ECT's lead supporters include AMITA Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, KPMG, Illinois Arts Council, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the League of Chicago Theatres and ComEd. For more information, please visit www.EmeraldCityTheatre.com.