This is a fun event for a great cause. Great folks, celebs and some fun(d) raising activities. Come and check it out, TONIGHT!

-E.O.

RX 2010 Fundraiser: Event Information

The ReBuilding Exchange is celebrating its first full year of successful programs as Chicago’s first non-profit building material reuse center!

Friday, February 12, 2010  from 6-10pm

Where: 3335 W. 47th Street, Chicago, IL (Directions). Guests of the event can park in U-Haul parking lot the night of the event, directly West of the ReBuilding Exchange by half a block, and across the street.

Event program hosted by WGN Radio’s Lou Manfredini, “Mr. Fix-It” Live music by gypsy jazz band Eyes Manouche 1st Annual ReBuilding Exchange Design Competition, featuring reclaimed lighting fixtures. Entries will be voted on during the event. A juried prize and people’s choice award will be given to winners. Silent Auction featuring local businesses, designers and artisans (see list below) Refreshments provided by Great Lakes Brewing, Chicago’s own Half Acre Beer Co and Whole Foods Hors d’oeuvres by Tsadakeeyah’s Catering

How Much: $30 suggested donation if you register by 5pm Central Time on February 11th, Online registration is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door for $35 suggested donation.

It’s been a busy year, with the deconstruction and diversion of over 50 homes’ worth of reusable building materials, materials being distributed widely for projects ranging from residential kitchen rehabs to community garden projects in the neighborhood, the imminent launch of a deconstruction job training program for individuals with barriers to re-entry into the workforce and educational, creative reuse workshops for all of our customers and friends.

One project we’re particularly proud of is our involvement with Growing Home’s new community garden project on the City’s South Side. Focusing in on the blight, joblessness and lack of access to healthy food in the Englewood neighborhood, Growing Home brought their resources and inspiration there to create a community garden, where residents could receive training on urban agriculture and environmental stewardship, and get access to locally grown organic produce. The ReBuilding Exchange got involved when Growing Home needed lumber for the building of their on-site offices and training center. They we’re looking for a green and affordable resource and the ReBuilding Exchange was there to help!

And this is just one of many stories of how our reclaimed building materials are making their way back into the community, improving neighborhoods and improving lives. Join us on February 12th to celebrate our achievements and support our work. We hope to see you there.

Silent Auction Items

  • Refinished Vintage Table from Post 27
  • Acupuncture Services from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • Reclaimed Wood Frame by Found:re
  • Massage by Sheehy Bodyworks
  • Reclaimed designer jewelry by Glean Design
  • Performance tickets at Court Theater
  • Green in the Loop Architectural Walking Tour with Dave Hampton
  • Overnight stays at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
  • Organizing services with Mercury Organizing Services
  • Original artwork by Diana Guerrero-Macia
  • Original artwork by Leslie Baum
  • Fallen wood tables and benches by Jim Zalba
  • Weekend getaways in Miller Beach, Indiana and Bridgman, Michigan
  • Fresh food from Chicago’s Fresh Picks
  • Design services from New Leaf Interiors
  • Design services from Littlerock Construction
  • Bulls Tickets
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