America SCORES Benefit - Andrew Collings Photography

America SCORES Benefit

I had a great time photographing one of my favorite Chicago non-profits, the Chicago chapter of America SCORES. They provide a great opportunity for kids to play soccer together and also to develop creative writing skills. I have done some refereeing for them over the years and I was happy to contribute my photo skills at their annual benefit dinner. Refereeing kids is no walk in the park but it’s a lot of fun! Here’s a little about their organization:

The second annual Red Carpet Poetry Slam took place on January 29th at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom.  The evening featured poetry from select poet athletes in the SCORES program who performed their original pieces for over 200 guests. The delighted audience was oftentimes moved at the poignancy and brilliance of the youths’  words, hearing first-hand what troubles and inspires today’s urban kids.  In addition to the performances, America SCORES Chicago honored two of its finest supporters with the prestigious Calliope Award: former board member Leif Elsmo, and ChiTown Futbol President Jeff Welsh.

Later, guests danced to the jazzy tunes of the Tammy McCann Quartet, snacked on delicious hors-d’oeuvres and helped raise more than $45,000 for SCORES, allowing us to broaden our reach farther than ever.  

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