Red Jacket Optional

On a crisp evening each October, over 600 of our most dedicated and fervent supporters step into a transformative space. The melodious voices that greet guests immediately set this event apart from the crowd. From a mood-setting cocktail hour into dinner, DJ mixes melt into live music as singers take the stage and enrapture their audience with world-class performances that deliver a world-changing message. More than $1 million will be pledged by the night’s end in support of programs that reach more than 4,800 Chicago youth.

Red Jacket Optional represents an explosive confluence of our city’s tastemakers, trendsetters, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs with its brightest young citizens whose voices compel us all to bridge divides and work toward a better future for Chicago and for the world.

chicago children's choir

Our mission is to inspire and change lives through music.

Founded as a single choir in Hyde Park at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, today we serve more than 4,800 youth who represent all 57 Chicago zip codes. Our founder, Reverend Christopher Moore, believed in using music to unite youth from diverse backgrounds. That simple yet powerful mission has grown exponentially, with programs in 85 city schools, 10 neighborhoods, a choir for boys with changing voices and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago. Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir’s mission has been elevated to a world stage, using music to create global citizens and revolutionizing the youth choral arts.

Learn more at ccchoir.org/about

Our Honorees

RJO 2018 honors outgoing Board Chairman Bob Fealy and his wife Rose for their extraordinary commitment to CCC.

Read more in Event News »

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thank you

Boards & Committees


event co-chairs

Joe & Janet Nolan
Ron & Patty Weiss


design chair

Tom Kehoe


host committee

Ruth Boehmer
Jennifer Chung
Monika Dixon
Susanna Homan
Ellee Pai Hong
Karie Katz
Kathleen Katz
Lesly Koo
Katrina Markoff
Micah Materre
Chrysa Moster
David Murga
Meeghan Nemeroff
Janet Nolan
Jennifer Shanahan
Maggie Shapack
Erin Slitt
Lauren Vissat
Patty Weiss

ccc Ambassadors board

Matt Roan, Chair
Erin Slitt, Vice Chair
Lauren Vissat, Vice Chair
Rich Alapack
Katie Ashcroft
Erin Broderick
Suzy Brown
Allison Burman
Megan Elberts
Sarah Fader
Scott Fetters
Laura Garland
Tabitha Green
Erin Kellan
Lisa Laws
Artis Lin
Nada Litwin
Andrew Magda
Sean Mansfield
Jennifer McConnell
Don McCord
Yannek Nikodimos
Shelby Parnes
Dave Pequet
Elle Ramel
Ana Ramic
Andrew Rayner
Nicole Reifman
Guy Rozentsveig
Neil Shah
Jack Siragusa
Matt Unertl
Phillip Vasquez
Josef Weber


ccc board of directors

David Koo, Chair
Patrick E. Boehmer, Treasurer
Dr. Ron Weiss, Secretary
Shradha Agarwal
Eric Ashworth
Tracey Benford
Monica Carney
Ellen-Blair Chube
Caroline Dettman
Brian Egwele
Suzanne EL-Moursi
Theo Epstein
Shelley MacArthur Farley
Bob Fealy
Derek Ferguson
Christina Hatherly
Carrie L. Hedges, Esq. 
Ellee Pai Hong
Yusef Jackson, Esq.
Rob Katz
Priscilla Kersten
Melissa Kibler
Ann Marie Lipinski
Micah Materre
Ligia Mendez
James P. Meyer
Chrysa Moster
Robert J. Musur
Michael A. Nemeroff, Esq.
Joseph P. Nolan
Diane Pearse
Joe Shanahan
Jeff Steele
Michael Teplitsky
Brian Vandenberg
Justin Ward
Bernie Woytek