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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!
Kid's Valentine's Day Cupcake & Cake Pop Class Fundraiser
Sat, Feb 9, 11:30A-12:30P, Wildfire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, (River North) Chicago
Sat, Feb 9, 11:30A-12:30P, Wildfire Lincolnshire 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL
Join Wildfire's Executive Chef's in Chicago & Licolnshire as they teach the little ones to bake, frost and decorate the perfect cake pops & cupcakes just in time for the holiday! Each event is priced at $15 per child, plus tax & gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mended Little Hearts of Chicago & JCYS Northwest Family Center. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/events/kids-events
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.
Free Valentines Day Dentistry
Thurs, Feb 14, 9A-6P, Big Smile Dental 2833 North Milwaukee Avenue, (Logan Square/Avondale) Chicago
Every Valentine’s Day, Dr. Theodore Siegel of Big Smile Dental opens his doors to the less fortunate people in our neighborhood. They have been able to treat more than 2,000 people and provide over 1.25 MILLION dollars in free dentistry. This Valentine’s Day, Big Smile Dental is giving away Free Dentistry again. Big Smile Dental will be open on Valentine’s Day from 9A-6P Patients must be at least 12 years of age to be seen, and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 18. No appointments will be made, patients will be given a time for their treatment on a first come, first served basis on valentines morning and as much treatment will be accomplished as time allows. FREE treatment will include cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, diagnostics, and pain control. “I started this charity to help change the lives of those people that didn’t have enough money to take care of the things that you and I take for granted. But a funny thing happened along the way. It was my life that changed the most. And I feel truly blessed to be able to help others in need. I want to say thank you to the people that have supported me by giving a token of my sincere appreciation back to my community.” “No one will be refused FREE treatment in my office on Valentine’s Day,” states Dr. Siegel, “but it is my hope that the truly needy in the community who fear dental bills more than they fear dental treatment, will be first in line to take advantage of this opportunity.” So, mark the day on your calendar and be sure to tell your friends and family members who might benefit from this event!
Mokena Park District's Mother & Son Valentine Bowl
Sat, Feb 16, 12P-2P, Morgan’s Thunder Bowl, 18700 S. Old LaGrange Road, Mokena, Ages 5-10 $35-$45
What’s the perfect gift for your mom, aunt or grandmother for Valentine’s Day? What better way to say “I love you” than with an afternoon of bowling! Includes: unlimited bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, cake and gift. Preregistration required. Registration deadline: February 8, 2013. www.mokenapark.com
School Dist. 218 - Beggars Pizza Eat & Earn Fundraiser
Mon, Feb 18, Various South Side Beggars Pi=zza locations are participating
Support School District 218's Education Foundation with Beggars Pizza at the locations listed below. You can dine in; get a delivery or carryout to help School District 218 Education Foundation raise funds. All you have to do is turn in a special FUNDRAISING VOUCHER (link below) when you pay and Beggars Pizza will donate 20% of your bill (before taxes, gratuity, promotions, discounts, delivery fees and coupons) to School District 218 Education Foundation. Participating Blue Island, Oak Forest, Orland Pk & Merrionette Pk Beggar's locations listed on VOUCHER link below.
DuPage Children’s Museum - Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Now 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/
93.9 Lite FM's "Woman of the Week"
As part of our community affairs programming here at 93.9 Lite FM, we are celebrating Chicagoland's "Woman of the Week" and the wonderful things you do!
- Did you help develop or participate in a local program that has benefitted the Chicagoland area?
- Have you triumphed over difficult obstacles or illness?
- Do you devote your time to making Chicagoland better? (Helping people, animals, or the environment?)
If any of the above describes you or some of the wonderful women in your life...family, friends, co-workers...please let us know! Email Diane Banks at DianeBanks@clearchannel.com and tell her your story or your friends story. Diane would love to feature you on "Sunday Conversations" and share your story with all of our Lite FM Listeners! Read more: http://www.litefm.com/pages/community.html#ixzz2Jr5UCEbl
Chicago Auto Show - First Look For Charity
Friday, February 8th 7p-11pm McCormick Place
Excitement is high for the 2013 edition of First Look for Charity, when it moves to Friday. Celebrate longer into the evening, too, on a show floor the will stay open till 11 p.m. With the workweek over, Friday Night, Green Light!
Stroll the show floor amid opulence, with first-rate hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and tap your toes to entertainment by Million Dollar Quartet and American English. Not enough? Two attendees will win the event's grand prizes: a 2013 Buick Encore and a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.
And enjoy entertainment by American English and "Million Dollar Quartet." The latter is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. American English, widely regarded as the finest Beatles tribute band, performs songs from the entire career of the Beatles with precise attention to musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects.
Eighteen vital Chicago-area charities will benefit from the more than $2 million expected to be raised by First Look for Charity. You can direct the proceeds from your ticket purchase to benefit any or all of them.
Tickets are $250 each, of which $207 is tax-deductible as a charitable donation. And discounted tuxedo rentals are available at Men's Wearhouse and MW Tux locations. For every tux rented for the event, Men's Wearhouse will donate $5 to the charities! If you'd like to find our more about tuxedo rental discounts or find a Men's Wearhouse location, click here. The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, one of the official hotels of the Chicago Auto Show, is offering a limited number of rooms starting at $119 per evening. If you'd like more information or to reserve a room, click here.
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!