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Jeff Corder or "Quarter" (nicknamed because of his sound-alike last name) is a Chicagoland food, improv, and live music fan who's always out wherever there's great pizza, plenty of laughs, and a good (or bad) band playing. Corder "grew-up" (…questionable) 28 Metra stops from Michigan & Randolph in the Southside paradise known as Blue Island. He graduated Dwight D. Eisenhower HS as "Most Likely To Be Unlikely" and attended Illinois State University…before they asked him to "please leave." When not on the air, Jeff can be found volunteering for local charities, playing with his Mom's parrots, or learning the art of power-napping.
When I was a little girl in Little Rock, Arkansas I used to stay up late with my favorite Christmas present - a transistor radio. I would tune in WLS AM, broadcasting from the exciting big city of Chicago, and when I heard Yvonne Daniels on the air I thought “YES! THAT’S what I want to do”. Dreams do come true because years later I ended up hosting the same show on WNUA that Yvonne Daniels hosted at one time. After college and some time touring with a band, playing keyboards and singing, I landed my first radio job in Little Rock. I then moved on to stations in Detroit and Chicago before doing mornings on WNUA. First solo then partnering with Jazz Great Ramsey Lewis. I joined Lite FM three years ago.
I live in the Northwest Suburbs with my hubby (the most patient man in the world) and my two sons. They’re used to Mom’s early morning hours and indulge my cooking obsession. They’ll try anything…once! Partially by necessity, I love to run. I’m not too speedy but better at endurance. This year will be my third Chicago Marathon. I do yoga to de-stress and tennis just to make my friends feel good about winning. I live for Family, Friends, Food and Music (maybe in that order). I love live music especially outside in the summer - From the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to Ravinia to catching my friends’ bands playing in the local clubs. Looking at my Facebook page it seems like all I do is post about live shows and restaurants!
I really do feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love – helping people wake up and get going in the best city in the world. Yes Karen… Life is Good!
Yuks for Youth and Second City
Sat., Jan. 26, 7P, Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College 171 E. Chicago Ave, $50-$60
The Second City Touring Company performs "Laughing Matters" to benefit the Naperville Education Foundation and guests can enjoy a raffle, cash bar and appetizers.The performance will include the talents of District 203 high school students. www.nef203.org/events_yuks.html
16th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids
Sun., Jan. 27, 8A, Aon Center 200 E. Randolph St., $45; free for kids age 12 and under
Climb 80 floors to the top of one of Chicago's tallest buildings to raise money for children and families at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
12th Annual d'Vine Affair
Sun., Jan. 27, 2P, The Union League Club of Chicago 65 W Jackson Blvd., $125
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago hold this annual wine tasting fundraiser, where guests can taste over 250 different wines, as well as participate in wine seminars and a silent auction. Proceeds supports its Catholic Charities Self-Sufficiency Programs in Cook and Lake Counties.
Purple Affair for the Bear
Sat., Jan. 26, 8P, River East Art Center 435 E. Illinois St., $70-$105
Network with young professionals while raising money for children with cancer. Guests are encouraged to wear purple to the event, which includes drinks, appetizers, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the event's host, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization that supports those affected by pediatric cancer. www.litefm.com/pages/community.html?feed=141312&article=10586205
The Two Town Pizza Showdown
Sat., Jan. 26, 6P, Lincoln-Way North High School 19900 S. Harlem Ave, Frankfort, $10; $5 for kids under 10
Guests vote for their favorite pizza from a variety of restaurants in Frankfort and Tinley Park to raise money for The Cancer Support Center providing FREE local programs of help, hope and healing to individuals and families affected by a cancer diagnosis. www.facebook.com/events/127808670714310/
Rosary High School Fashion Show & Dress Sale
Sun, Jan 27, 2P, Rosary High School McEnroe Auditorium 901 Edgelawn Dr., Aurora, $5-7
Rosary High School in Aurora is sponsoring a Fashion Show and Dress Sale. Find the perfect dress for your special event at a fraction of the price! The focus of the sale is gently used formal and semi-formal attire for teens and moms (some little girl dresses) at great prices. All proceeds benefit Rosary High School's National Honor Society scholarships. www.litefm.com/pages/community.html#ixzz2IeTND64q
3rd Annual Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure
Sun., Jan. 27, 10A, Citizens Park 511 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, $30-$50
The third annual benefit for Smart Farm includes coffee, hot chocolate and gift bags. This is an opportunity to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland while supporting your local charity, Smart Farm. Smart Farm's mission is to cultivate a healthy community by providing educational opportunities focused on sustainable gardening techniques, promoting the benefits of sustainable gardening and donating fresh produce to support our neighbors in need. www.active.com/running/barrington-il/frozen-zucchini-5k-snowshoe-adventure-2013
5th Annual Deborah's Place Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
Sat., Jan. 26, 2P, Deborah's Place 2822 W Jackson Blvd, $25 suggested donation
Enter your chili for a chance at prizes in five categories, or sample the competing dishes at the fifth annual event, which also includes live music, family-friendly games and entertainment and tours of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments. There will be live music, a bean counting contest, games and entertainment for kids. Please feel free to BYO alcoholic beverages. We’ll provide corn bread, kid’s snacks, and non-alcohol drinks.. Proceeds benefit Deborah's Place, Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women and is recognized as an innovative leader among homeless service providers locally and nationally.
DuPage Children’s Museum - Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Sun, Jan 27 thru Thurs, Feb, 28, DuPage Children's Museum 301 N Washington St, Naperville
DuPage Children’s Museum will sponsor a sweater and clothing drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. To help launch the community service project, Mr. McFeely, the Speedy Delivery man from the popular children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will make a special appearance at DuPage Children’s Museum on Sunday, January 27, 2013. During the sweater drive, members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters, as well as other clothing items. Receptacles to collect the sweaters will be stationed at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville. Local charitable organizations DuPage PADS and Hesed House will be the beneficiaries of all clothing donations. www.dupagechildrens.org/mister-rogers-neighborhood-sweater-drive/
Chi-Town Big Game 5K/10K
Sun., Feb. 3, 9A United Club at Soldier Field 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, $45
Celebrate the Big Game by wearing your favorite team's jersey at this 5K/10K run. Participants can enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and live music after their run. Proceeds benefit Homes 4 Heroes, a charitable organization, donates a wide range of services at no charge to allow our heroes to properly access and use their homes. www.chitownbiggame10k.com/
Loving Paws "Hound Dog Night" with Elvis
Sat, Mar 2, 4P, Traversos - 15601 South Harlem Avenue Orland Park, $35
Loving Paws is hosting a charity event to help raise money for our rescued dogs who deserve medical care and grooming. We are also raising money to be able to continue taking care of our military personnels dogs while they are on active tour. www.lovingpawsinc.org
American Red Cross of Greater Chicago - Nominate Your Hero !
Ordinary People. Extraordinary Acts. Each year, the American Red Cross of the Greater Chicago Region honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery, dedication and service to the community at our Heroes Breakfast. Candidates must live or work in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, or Will counties in Illinois, or Jasper, Lake, or Newton counties in Indiana. The heroic action must have taken place after January 1, 2012. Candidates who are chosen as Red Cross heroes will be formally be honored at the Heroes Breakfast at the The Fairmont Chicago on April 17, 2013. Each year, the American Red Cross of the Greater Chicago Region honors individuals and groups for acts of great bravery, dedication and service to the community at our Heroes Breakfast. www.redcross.org/chicago/heroes
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