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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!
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/
The Junior Council’s 25th Annual Snowball Gala
Sat, Feb 2, 8P-1A, Great Hall at Union Station - 210 S Canal St (West Loop Gate)
The Junior Council will host its 25th Annual Snowball, the premier event for young professionals in Chicago. We are expecting a crowd of 1,600 of Chicago's most involved and lively young professionals to fill the Great Hall of Historic Union Station for an incredible evening of fun, food and dancing. The event includes tastings from several Chicago restaurant favorites, live music, open bar, a silent auction and much more! The Junior Council supports Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Pediatric and Adolescent HIV and AIDS programs. Established in 1987 by Dr. Ram Yogev and Dr. Ellen Chadwick, the program cares for more children and adolescents than any other pediatric HIV service in the region. Our mission is to support the clinic and ensure all children with HIV/AIDS, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to high-quality pediatric healthcare. www.juniorcouncil/snowball
Jesse White Tumblers, Try-Outs
Sat, Feb 2, 12P-3P, Tuley Park, 90th & South King Drive, (South Side - West Chesterfield)
An organization that's been Paying It Forward since 1959 (54 yrs), The famous Jesse White Tumbling team will be holding try-outs for the team! Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 are invited. Some basic tumbling skills are required. Students must bring their most recent Report Cards for review (not Progress Reports). Students who are home-schooled must bring documentation on City of Chicago letterhead that confirms that they are being home-schooled. A parent/guardian must accompany his/her child to the audition. www.jessewhitetumblingteam.com
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/
8th Annual One Step Programs – 2013 Charity Poker Championship
Thurs, Feb 7, 4:30P-11P, River East Arts Center 435 E. Illinois St (Streeterville), $75-$275
Time to “ante up” and put on your best poker face at the 8th annual One Step Programs – “2013 Charity Poker Championship” benefitting Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. Players compete for more than $15,000 in prizes including the coveted grand prize to compete at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas (a $10,000 value) and other prizes. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer. Player tickets cost $275 and spectator passes cost $75 and include a buffet provided by Marcello’s – Father and Son Restaurant and premium bar. Registration begins at 4:30P and the tournament begins at 6P. www.onestepcamp.org
Red Door Animal Shelter, Red/White: A Wine Tasting Benefit
Thurs, Feb 7, 7P-9P, 4621 N. Lincoln Ave (Ravenswood), Chicago, $40
Enjoy a wine tasting benefit! Wines from all around the world, hors d’oeuvres, celebration, discounts, and a raffle including a great hotel package. It all benefits the homeless cats, dogs and rabbits at Red Door Animal Shelter. Ten-percent of the evening’s sales will be donated to the Red Door animals by Fie Wine Brokers. www.reddoorshelter.org
The American Red Cross, Auxiliary Society Mixer
Thurs, Feb 7, 5:30P-8:30P Hubbard Inn, 100 W. Hubbard Street (River North) FREE!
Looking to start the new year by helping others? Join The American Red Cross for their Auxiliary Society Mixer and learn how you can get involved! The event includes FREE admission! FREE hors d’oeuvres! FREE Red Cross cocktails and draft beers! Bring friends to mix, mingle and make a difference! RSVP required. www.redcross.org
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
For more ways to Pay It Fwd check out Lite FM's Community Events page @ www.litefm.com/pages/community.html. If you have an event or fundraiser you would like us to mention during Pay It Forward (Tuesday's @ 7:05A), please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for Paying It Forward & Good Luck with your event!