The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association, more commonly known as the CMSA, has provided a league of organized sports for the LGBTQ community. From flag football to dodge ball to badminton, the organization serves thousands of Queer athletes every year. The social part of the organization is known to go beyond the field, with Sunday afternoons spent at a sponsor bar with your team in sweats. Every sport has its end of the season league party, but nothing drew as big of a crowd than in 2011 when Sam Hamilton worked with the CMSA to throw the first CMSA Women’s Social at Joe’s on Weed Street. The event drew hundreds of women from every league, raised thousands of dollars and was the beginning of what will soon be a longstanding tradition after its second year’s proved success.
This year, the party will return to Joe’s on Weed Street this Saturday (1/26) with even more music, women and surprises. Sam Hamilton has been working with CMSA Coordinators Marcia Hill and BJ Negrete on ensuring the momentum of the last two years continues with nothing short of an amazing time. This year, profits from the 50/50 raffle will be split among several causes; including animal foundations, such as Famous Fido and Windy City Animal Foundation, as well as several teams who will be traveling out of state for tournaments. Did I mention that the date auction will be returning this year? Check out the candidates from the Chicago Force Women’s Football and Chicago Women’s Rugby Club beforehand so you can go ahead and budget your night around your bid. (Don’t worry- if you can’t afford the lady you can buy the Force’s calendar for a whole year of goodness).
Emcee Amy Kelly will be taking everyone through the night of comedy, music and general rowdiness before rocking your faces off with the Bill Ande Band (but of course we have to wait until the end). Judy Fabjance, CMSA member and hilarious comedian, will be performing her one woman show, “Are you there Judy? It’s me, cancer.” as well as raising money for her continuing battle through a raffle and a portion of the door proceeds. Musicians Mindy Bartlett and Daphne Willis will keep everyone on their feet through the night- so make sure you are there for it all.
The event begins at 7:00pm – CMSA members get in free and non members will pay only $5 at the door; bring your mom, bring your neighbors, bring your hot as hell best friend – EVERYONE is welcome!!! This year it is expected to be bigger and better than ever – with some amazing National sponsors like the MS Foundation for Women, the Human Rights Campaign, and very prominent local organizations such as Howard Brown Health Center and The L Stop, the expectations have been raised. Roughly 1,200 women are expected to attend. You read that right.
Its getting cold and dull here in Chicago so come out for some great causes, dancing, music and (of course) the ladies. We hope to see you on Saturday- so here are the deets for your planner!
DATE: Sat. Jan 26th, 2013 7pm-10 pm
Everyone is welcome to attend! CMSA members get in free, free pizza and 2 drinks tickets. Non-CMSA members can pay $5.00 at the door. 100% of door charges will go to benefit The Chicago Force and Judy Fabjance.
The party is then open to the public from 10pm-3am, with live DJ’s provided by Joe’s –After 10 pm, the cover will be $10.00
Joe’s Bar (940 W. Weed Street, Chicago, IL 60642)
Door open 6:30PM. Be sure to give yourself time to check-in!
Close to 90/94 and public transportation.
Street and Valet parking is available.
Must be 21 years old or older and bring a Photo ID!
(7:00pm) Mindy Bartlett: http://mindybartlett.bandcamp.com/
(7:30pm) Judy Fabjance : http://www.itsmecancer.com/
(8pm) Date Auctions – Hosted by Amy Kelly
(8:30pm) Daphne Willis: http://www.daphnewillis.com/
(9:00 pm) Amy Kelly & The Bill Ande Band: http://www.amykellymusic.com/about.html
We also want to give a shout out to all of this years sponsors!
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Lauren was born and raised in South Minneapolis and like many other innocent midwesterners got sucked into the black hole of Chicago politics 4 years ago. As the LGBT Coordinator for the Gery Chico for Mayor Campaign she attempted to take on the entire city and hasn’t looked back since. Now working for a communications firm, she spends her extra time running around with cases of PBR playing in different sports leagues, hosting couchsurfers from all over the place, and deciding how she is going to change the world. A simple lady at her core, she has decided that the first person to send her an edible arrangement must be the one.