BAPA’s Big Night will sparkle like diamonds as we celebrate our community organization’s 75th Anniversary. Diamonds are the strongest material on the planet, so what better symbol for a party that elevates not just BAPA, but the Beverly/Morgan Park community itself.
Our community has seen a lot of change between October 14, 1947 when BAPA filed its articles of incorporation and today as BAPA and friends will celebrate history as well as the vibrant, innovative, and accomplished organization BAPA is today.
BAPA’s long history will be at the center of attention as neighbors together on Sat., Jan 21 to enjoy music by the Outcast Jazz Band, dancing, open bar, and hearty hors d’oeuvres from 7 to 10 p.m., and more music and dancing, pizza, and cash bar 10 p.m. to midnight at The Vineyard, 2105 W. 95th St.
Big Band Music
Despite humble beginnings, the Outcast Jazz Band has played at some of the most prestigious ballrooms and events in Chicagoland. Founded in summer 1981, the Outcast Jazz Band was originally composed of ten teenagers performing at the St. Margaret of Scotland summer day camp. That experience led to a gig at a bar on 111th Steet, and ultimately to the group becoming one of the most popular of Chicago’s bands with local roots.
The Outcast Jazz Band now swings out its repertoire of classic big band music from the 1930s, 1940s. and 1950s (peppered with a smattering of Paul Simon, Van Morrison, and Ray Charles from the 1960s), with a 17-piece group that features five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, a full rhythm section, and several vocalists.
The Outcast Jazz Band is also part of BAPA’s history! The band performed for crowds of fans at BAPA events including Music Under the Stars and the Snowflake Ball where, the trombone players belted out “In the Mood” with the partygoers riding up and down the escalators in the center mall of the old Evergreen Plaza.
BAPA’s Big Night is a celebration and a fundraiser. The planning committee is working on details for unique prizes for party activities.
New Member Drawing
If you’re new to BAPA and decide to sign up with a $15 a month Sustaining BAPA membership, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win an evening out in a rooftop done at Open Outcry Brewing Co.
Fun & Games
A lot of the at BAPA’s Big Night will be catching up with neighbors and friends, but for people who want to get in the swing of supporting BAPA, we’re planning some party games.
Heads & Tails
When the dance floor empties during the band’s intermission, it will quickly be refilled by people competing for a spectacular prize in a game of Heads &Tails. No experience needed! Get into the game with a donation of $20. A game emcee will lead the game, and players will answer the calls for heads or tails, with the last player standing winning an outstanding prize.
Wine & Spirits Pull
For the Wine Pull fundraiser, guests will donate $20 for a chance to pull a cork and win a bottle of wine or spirits valued at $20 or more, possibly much more! At least 100 bottles of wine and liquors will be donated to BAPA for this spirited fundraiser, and everyone who purchases a cork will win. A variety of wine styles and price points will make the wine pull exciting and add to the cheer.
Neighbors who would like to donate bottles of wine can drop them off at the BAPA office,1744 W. 99th St., on or before Fri., Jan. 13, on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are unable to drop off your donation during those hours, call our office at 773-233-3100 to make special arrangements. Wine Pull donors will be recognized at the Big Night event (we hope we’ll see you there!) and in event marketing.
Split the Pot
Everyone likes a chance to win cash! It only takes $10 to get into running for a chance to the Split the Pot with BAPA.
We’re raising funds for the next 75 years of BAPA’s services! Tickets are $100 per person in advance at bapa.org or using the QR code on page ____, or $125 at the door. Limited tickets available.