CYT Chicago Letter Writing Campaign

2019

  • A big THANK YOU to our CYT students who have participated in the Letter Writing Campaign so far! We are so grateful for each and every one of you.

We are excited to announce some of our top fundraisers who are in the running to win a mini headshot session with our very own Jennifer Heim! The top 5 fundraisers on May 1st will be the winners.

Top Fundraisers as of Friday, March 22nd:
1. Jessie Mickey                $1,026
2. Sophie Coleman       $1,000
3. Grace Girka                 $887
4. Elizabeth Moldovan $500
5. Abigail Karls                 $480
  

More high fundraisers who deserve a shout out: 
Natalie Hartung     $457
Will Black                  $408
Audrey White         $350
Makenzie Robson $350
Cavan Fuller            $345
J.T. Corrao                $330
Kelsey Toth              $325
Violet Halgren         $321
Caleb Engelhardt   $301
Liam Thomas          $300

There is still lots of time to donate!

Why We Need Your Help
Here’s how a successful campaign will make CYT Chicago EVEN BETTER!

It’s all about community.
Sure we put on great performances with students who are amazingly talented, but at CYT, that’s not the number one thing that makes us special. CYT’s community of love, support, friendship, and family is what welcomes people in and makes us who we are. We have heard countless times how the community of CYT is what got people through hard times, inspired them to grow, and gave them confidence and space to help them find the person they were always meant to be.

Did you know?
CYT bought a new warehouse. This was an expensive step, but our CYT Board members look beyond today to the future and this move will save rental funds that can then be used to serve our students. The new warehouse will need a new loading dock, which will save time and energy for all our sets parents who already put in 100s of hours of volunteer time. We need your help to build it!

Outreach:
CYT is so much more than a theater company; it is a ministry. From providing family friendly entertainment, to providing a safe environment for children to grow emotionally and spiritually, CYT is a place where we do everything for the audience of ONE. Using our gifts from the Creator to bring Him honor, some students find Jesus for the very first time. Please partner with us as we change lives, ONE stage at a time.


As we enter our 22nd year of providing quality theatrical education and family friendly entertainment, I want to share with you the unique opportunity we have to reach children, families, and communities in your backyard.

CYT Chicago currently employs 12 full-time office staff members and 16 chapter coordinators for the 6,000+ students who walk through our doors, as well as their parents and the 65,000 patrons we serve each year.

CYT’s mission is to provide a community which is affordable to families. With the increasing costs of venue rentals, show rights, and warehouse repairs, CYT’s charges do not cover all our costs. We rely on generous donors to provide the difference.

This year our goal is to turn our focus onto the One: the one student, the one family, and the audience of One. 

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells us a story: “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

Our Letter Writing campaign helps CYT Chicago cover our costs, keep our prices down and provide scholarships so all children and families can join our community.

In the theme of all about the one, this year’s goal is $35,000, the approximate cost it takes to put on ONE show. UPDATE: We are so excited to announce the fact that we are so close to our goal we are bumping it up to $40,000!

Join us and help us reach one more student, one more family, and offer one more scholarship.

Gratefully,
The CYT Chicago Community 


CYT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all gifts are tax deductible. After you donate, you will be able to print a confirmation receipt to use for verification of your charitable donation on your taxes.

388 Donors

$34,108.00 Raised

85%

Goal: $40,000.00



Recent Activity:

Date / Time Amount Name(s) Message
12/17/18 @ 8:42am $500.00 Charles Fuller
For Cavan and Sierra
1/14/19 @ 7:55pm $50.00 Cheryl Schepp
CYT, what a blessing ♰
1/15/19 @ 7:57am $50.00 Anonymous
1/15/19 @ 8:45am $25.00 Anonymous
1/15/19 @ 9:55am $25.00 Anonymous
1/15/19 @ 12:36pm $50.00 Julie Mildren-Schepp
For all the great shows to come.
1/16/19 @ 7:39pm $100.00 Anonymous
1/16/19 @ 9:14pm $25.00 Anonymous
1/17/19 @ 5:39pm $25.00 Anonymous
1/19/19 @ 8:52am $25.00 Anonymous
1/19/19 @ 2:50pm $30.00 Anonymous
1/19/19 @ 10:04pm $50.00 Anonymous
1/20/19 @ 4:02pm $50.00 Anonymous
1/20/19 @ 9:09pm $20.00 Anonymous
1/20/19 @ 9:11pm $20.00 Anonymous
1/21/19 @ 7:53pm $50.00 Anonymous
1/24/19 @ 8:07am $25.00 Anonymous
1/24/19 @ 8:11am $25.00 Anonymous
1/24/19 @ 3:37pm $25.00 Anonymous
1/24/19 @ 4:22pm $50.00 Anonymous
Love you Sarah
1/25/19 @ 7:45am $30.00 Anonymous
1/25/19 @ 1:08pm $20.00 Paula Poremskis
Great job!!!
1/27/19 @ 2:10pm $40.00 Anonymous
Great job Jules
1/27/19 @ 5:33pm $100.00 Anonymous
1/27/19 @ 7:53pm $75.00 Anonymous
1/28/19 @ 1:57pm $200.00 Hicks Family
Good Luck Madison and Travis !
1/30/19 @ 1:51pm $25.00 Anonymous
1/31/19 @ 8:27am $100.00 Anonymous
1/31/19 @ 3:43pm $25.00 Tackman Family
We are so proud of you Juls!!!
1/31/19 @ 6:11pm $50.00 Anonymous
2/1/19 @ 11:15am $25.00 Robyn Nielsen
Good Luck JT!! We love you Aunt Robyn, Evie and Lizzie
2/1/19 @ 11:57am $30.00 Anonymous
Break a leg/Good luck to a very special spoon and feather duster!!! ❤️❤️
2/1/19 @ 12:07pm $50.00 Anderson Family
Happy birthday Sarah! Is so fun fo watch you and your sister Ellen perform!!
2/1/19 @ 6:16pm $25.00 Deb & George Knackstedt
JT _ we are honored to support your acting & CYT. Keep up the good work!
2/1/19 @ 7:27pm $25.00 The Sulo Family
Break a leg Natalie!
2/2/19 @ 12:55am $20.00 Justin Brintnall
Thank you for a great program. My niece Abigail greatly appreciates the opportunities it provides.
2/4/19 @ 4:28pm $100.00 Anonymous
2/6/19 @ 9:37pm $100.00 Zopf Family
So glad to support a family we love and a cause we support!
2/8/19 @ 7:11am $50.00 Anonymous
2/9/19 @ 8:48am $20.00 Anonymous
2/9/19 @ 11:16am $700.00 Anonymous
2/9/19 @ 10:05pm $75.00 Anonymous
2/10/19 @ 3:41pm $25.00 Anonymous
2/12/19 @ 10:04pm $10.00 Scotillo
2/13/19 @ 5:07pm $25.00 Schulz Family
2/14/19 @ 7:14pm $250.64 Anonymous
2/15/19 @ 2:49pm $100.00 Helen and Terry Bohringer
2/16/19 @ 12:28pm $25.00 Aaron Rodgers
2/16/19 @ 1:45pm $25.00 Anonymous
2/16/19 @ 3:12pm $20.00 John and Jane Shish
2/16/19 @ 3:51pm $50.00 Bruce Nd JAn Dennert
2/18/19 @ 12:23pm $31.00 Anonymous
2/19/19 @ 7:59am $30.00 Bill & Linda Musgrove
2/19/19 @ 5:03pm $31.00 Anonymous
2/19/19 @ 6:39pm $75.00 Kevin and Donelle Melka
Thank you Dennert children for all the great shows you have taken part in over the years. We look forward to your continued growth as individuals and wish you all the success that comes your way in the future. Love you all.
2/19/19 @ 7:16pm $50.00 Mike & Tina VanYzendoorn
We're proud of you, Trent!
2/19/19 @ 9:42pm $32.00 Jeff & Lynette Van Meter
Way to go, Will. Doing great with the letter writing campaign.
2/20/19 @ 11:15am $50.00 Anonymous
2/20/19 @ 7:38pm $75.00 Anonymous
2/20/19 @ 8:11pm $100.00 Moe Deane
We gladly support CYT and the amazing things you are able to do with these kids. Several of our grandchildren are in CYT, and more are up and coming, and we want to support them.
2/20/19 @ 8:44pm $100.00 John and Mary Beth Nilson
We always love to see our beautiful granddaughter in her next play with CYT.
2/21/19 @ 10:35am $20.00 Jim and Maureen Schmidt
Go forth young man!
2/21/19 @ 10:37am $200.00 Bob & Carol Merten
For our beautiful granddaughter, Colette. We love watching you do something you love and do so well. We are so very proud of you. Keep up the hard work and continue your dreams. Love you so much. Papa & Nana
2/22/19 @ 8:00am $31.00 Anonymous
For Violet Halgren <3
2/22/19 @ 8:55am $50.00 Paul & Julie Kenney
It has been such a joy watching you grow up and pursue your dreams. You shine on the stage and you shine for Him!
2/23/19 @ 9:55am $20.00 Anonymous
2/23/19 @ 1:38pm $50.00 Luke Mueller
Continue to chase your dreams
2/23/19 @ 2:09pm $31.00 Paul and Dawn Engelhardt
2/24/19 @ 9:28am $25.00 Michelle Young
Jacob Springer, don't break a leg!
2/24/19 @ 12:54pm $25.00 Anonymous
2/24/19 @ 2:46pm $40.00 Lesko Family
Supporting CYT student Jamie Heuser
2/25/19 @ 10:38am $75.00 Lindsay York
We love you Will!
2/25/19 @ 11:07am $30.00 Anonymous
2/25/19 @ 2:47pm $31.00 Judith Sharp Foster
For Antonia Gomez
2/25/19 @ 3:08pm $200.00 Anonymous
2/25/19 @ 3:18pm $75.00 Marsha Heise
2/25/19 @ 5:48pm $100.00 Anonymous
2/25/19 @ 6:53pm $31.00 Bob & Carol Spoden
We are so proud of you Kaitlin, you are an amazing performer. Keep working hard. Love you Grandma & Papa
2/26/19 @ 8:43am $100.00 Anonymous
You are always our star. So proud of you and who you are becoming.
2/26/19 @ 10:52am $50.00 Anonymous
2/26/19 @ 10:52am $50.00 Anonymous
2/26/19 @ 10:53am $50.00 Anonymous
2/26/19 @ 12:18pm $20.00 Anonymous
2/26/19 @ 2:44pm $31.00 Anonymous
2/26/19 @ 2:49pm $31.00 Anonymous
2/26/19 @ 3:11pm $25.00 Sandi & Tom Hall
Break a leg Easton. We are very proud of you!
2/27/19 @ 8:07am $15.00 Anonymous
2/27/19 @ 8:25am $25.00 Anonymous
2/27/19 @ 8:37am $25.00 Anonymous
2/27/19 @ 6:00pm $150.00 Anonymous
2/27/19 @ 9:25pm $31.00 Anonymous
2/28/19 @ 9:07am $25.00 Anonymous
2/28/19 @ 9:49am $40.00 Anonymous
3/1/19 @ 4:33pm $31.00 Anonymous
3/3/19 @ 11:57am $31.00 Anonymous
3/4/19 @ 10:55am $25.00 Anonymous
3/4/19 @ 1:21pm $50.00 Sarah, Jason & David Phillips
We love seeing Kate and Kelly Schemel perform! They are rock stars.
3/4/19 @ 2:42pm $40.00 Mike Braddock
For Molly Dittmer
3/4/19 @ 2:45pm $50.00 Dorothy Pierce
For Marah Taylor Pierce
3/5/19 @ 8:41am $50.00 Elizabeth & Jeff Diver
In honor of Will Black
3/5/19 @ 9:57am $50.00 Melissa and Chris Serra
Emma is a bright and vivacious young lady and it is clear she has a passion for this program! Shine on Emma! :)
3/5/19 @ 10:35am $75.00 Richard and Linda Crooks
In honor of Jacey Nausner. We love you and are so happy to see how you've grown in confidence since you have joined CYT.
3/5/19 @ 2:37pm $100.00 Teresa & Jeff McCutchan
3/6/19 @ 9:34pm $100.00 Anonymous
3/7/19 @ 8:04am $20.00 Grandma Peg
Great Job Elise
3/7/19 @ 2:48pm $31.00 Annette Campbell
For Natalie Hartung
3/8/19 @ 8:51am $20.00 Anonymous
3/8/19 @ 3:26pm $50.00 Anonymous
3/9/19 @ 10:52am $20.00 Anonymous
3/10/19 @ 2:47pm $100.00 Beverly LaMont
3/10/19 @ 6:30pm $50.00 Jim Hillestad
3/11/19 @ 9:54am $25.00 Anonymous
3/11/19 @ 2:21pm $50.00 Jeanette McNamara
For Molly
3/12/19 @ 2:49pm $100.00 Pamela Pucker
Natalie Hartung, I am proud of your accomplishments! Thank you CYT for this wonderful program for the arts and our youth.
3/12/19 @ 3:10pm $31.00 Paul St. Onge
Looking forward to seeing you on Broadway some day! Or at least the Goodman - it's so much closer.
3/12/19 @ 3:57pm $100.00 Natalie Hartung
Natalie :Keep up your great work. Th talent you have ,really shows in your performances. Can't wait to see the next one
3/13/19 @ 11:18am $45.00 Gary Sexson
3/13/19 @ 11:24am $75.00 Peter Tomaszewski
3/13/19 @ 7:14pm $20.00 Anonymous
3/15/19 @ 10:32am $31.00 Anonymous
3/15/19 @ 11:53am $250.00 Anonymous
3/15/19 @ 2:53pm $50.00 Anonymous
3/15/19 @ 7:59pm $100.00 James Owens
3/17/19 @ 3:02pm $50.00 Anonymous
3/17/19 @ 3:36pm $200.00 Anonymous
3/18/19 @ 11:59am $35.00 Julia Dever
For Antonia Gomez
3/18/19 @ 5:40pm $75.00 Anonymous
3/18/19 @ 9:32pm $100.00 Anonymous
3/19/19 @ 1:08pm $50.00 Anonymous
3/19/19 @ 1:22pm $75.00 Anonymous
Proud of you Karissa Kantor
3/19/19 @ 8:45pm $30.00 Anonymous
3/20/19 @ 9:12am $100.00 Anonymous
3/20/19 @ 5:22pm $50.00 Scott and Dawn Spencer
We are donating in honor of our granddaughter Violet Halgren.
3/21/19 @ 8:13am $250.00 Anonymous
3/22/19 @ 8:06am $25.00 Anonymous