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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!
College of Lake County's 5th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser
Tues, Mar 12, 11A-2P, College of Lake County's Learning Resource Center Atrium 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake $15
Food and art will be combined to fight hunger in the Fifth Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. For a minimum donation of $15 per bowl, event attendees can purchase a handmade ceramic bowl and receive a serving of chili and cornbread. Members of the CLC Community Clay Association, consisting of both faculty and students, have created more than 1,000 bowls for the event, and the CLC Hospitality and Culinary Management program is preparing the chili and corn bread. The 2012 Empty Bowls event raised $7,000 for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the club’s goal is to raise awareness about the issues of hunger, according to Ben Bates, club adviser and ceramics instructor. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank (www.northernilfoodbank.org). www.gallery.clcillinois.edu
American Animal Rescue Society's Charity Wine Tasting and Meet the Winemaker Benefit
Wed, March 13, 6:30P, Vino 100 Chicago, $25-35
This benefit is for the American Animal Rescue Society helping abused, abandoned, and neglected animals. The AARS is an all-volunteer, foster based animal rescue organization caring for abused animals. This very special event with Vino 100 and the Mutt Lynch Winery is a great combination of philanthropy and enjoying fine California Wine. www.vino100chicago.com
Shamrocks for Kids
Sat, March 16, 1P-5P, Chicago Hilton & Towers (Michigan Avenue & Balbo) Lower-Level, $25-75, Kids 12 & under FREE!
As in the past, this is very much a "Family" event with everyone in casual "parade attire" (many coming directly from the downtown parade) and an extremely festive mood. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, soft drinks, beer, music, step dancers, pipe bands, special children's entertainment & lunches for the kids combine to make a really fun afternoon. And everything is included in the ticket price! It really is a great afternoon of fun while helping to support a truly worthy cause. www.mercyhome.org/shamrocks-kids
Mystery at the Theatre - Doomston Abbey
Fri & Sat, March 15 & 16, 8P, Prairie Ctr For The Arts - 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, $20-30
A British House of Laughs! The Prairie Center Arts Foundation's Mystery at the Theatre returns for its 9th installment with Doomston Abbey! Inspired by Monty Python, Black Adder, Oscar Wilde, and of course Downton Abbey, Doomston Abbey visits the grand estate of Lord Bertram Thornberry and his odd assortment of family and friends with a cast of over 20 (including, yes, a Dowager Countess) as they, and you, try to solve a sinister crime. And after the show....The sun never sets on the British Empire, and neither will it at the Prairie Center for a post-show reception where you'll enjoy delicious signature dessert, a cash bar and coffee. You'll also have the opportunity to mingle with your favorite Doomston cast members. (Separate reception ticket required.) Proceeds benefit arts programs at the Prairie Center. www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/pca/tickets/pages/mystery.aspx
St. Baldricks at Cubby Bear North
Sat March 16, 2P, Cubby Bear North - 21661 North Milwaukee Avenue, Lincolnshire, FREE!
The Lincolnshire & Wheeling Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 4224 & Local 3079, are teaming up in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. In the past 4 years our event has raised more than $137,000 by shaving over 500 local firefighters and community members heads. We shave our heads in solidarity with kids' fighting cancer. www.stbaldricks.org
3rd Annual Leprechaun Plunge
Saturday March 16, 11A, Wauconda Boat 231 E Liberty St. (Rt 176), Wauconda, $20 donation
Wauconda Boat's Third Annual Leprechaun Plunge! Start your day at Middleton's on Main at 10A and join the "Parade to the Plunge". Prizes & Golden Plunger Trophy for the best: Costume, Irish Toast, Limerick, Irish Jig, Group/Team, Water Entry, and more! Come early and grab Lunch. All proceedes go to Bangs Lake. www.facebook.com/WaucondaBoat
Les Turner ALS Foundation's 26th annual "Hope Through Caring" Award Dinner
Sat March 16, 6:30P, Ritz Carlton Chicago - 160 E Pearson, $400
Join the Les Turner ALS Foundation for the 26th Annual "Hope Through Caring" Award Dinner Dance honoring Scott L. Heller, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Jonathan Eig, author of three highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig; Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season; and Get Capone, will be the host for the evening. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items and participate in a paddle raise. Music will be provided by the Dick Judson Orchestra. The “Hope Through Caring” Award was established in 1988 to honor those whose commitment to the fight against ALS has helped raise funds for research, provide services for patients and families and increase public awareness. www.lesturnerals.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
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!
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
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!