The Happiness Club fundraiser features tribute to Oscar Brown Jr.

The Happiness Club fundraiser features tribute to Oscar Brown Jr.

The Happiness Club will host "Opportunity Please Knock" a fundraiser set for Sunday, August 14, at Park West (322 W. Armitage) beginning at 6 pm. This festive party, co-chaired by Maureen and Marc Schulman (Eli's Cheesecake) will celebrate the 90th birthday of the late composer/activist Oscar Brown Jr. and the opportunities the Club provides for Chicago kids.

The event will feature Morris Gearring, the star of "Something About Oscar" performing "Opportunity Please Knock" with Oscar's daughter, vocalist Maggie Brown and members of The Happiness Club. Like The Club, Oscar Brown used the arts as a tool for change. This was most evident in the numerous stage shows he wrote and directed in his native Chicago. The most famous was "Opportunity Please Knock", created in 1967 with members of the Blackstone Rangers in an effort to cool down the gang violence on the South Side and give exposure to teens who had ample talent but little opportunity.

Guests will also enjoy a silent auction and a "Best of Chicago" buffet with Lou Malnati's pizza, Vienna hotdogs and Eli's  Happiness ClubCheesecake.

The Happiness Club is a group of Chicago kids who encourage positive values and social change through the creation of original hip hop and pop music, dance and rap. Diverse in age, race and background, the kids sing out against violence, drugs and bullying and say "yes" to education, tolerance, high self-esteem and achieving goals. This fundraiser helps provide the kids professional training in the arts. They perform all over Chicagoland, in schools, at festivals and have even performed at the White House!

All of the event's funds will be used for singing and dancing lessons, creating new material, music videos, recording sessions and rehearsal space rental fees for the Club's sweet kids.

For tickets, $125, and more info call 773.308.7019 or click here!

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