CHICAGOChicago's favorite evening of big voices for a big cause, returns with the 8th annual Belting for Life. For one night only on Monday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Evanston, Jeff Award-winning director and HIV+ activist Christopher Pazdernik presents the beloved benefit concert. This year's event will be presented in support of a new partner, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC), with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the organization.
"I'm thrilled to be partnering with AIDS Foundation Chicago this year," says producer Pazdernik. "AFC does highly impactful work in our community to support people living with and vulnerable to HIV and I'm glad to shine the light on their work for an evening of joy and music!"
For 35 years, AFC has led the fight to create health equity and justice for people living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS through support in navigating health systems, housing, advocacy, and more. This year's concert featuring 22 award-winning musical theater performers with music direction by Michael McBride.
"AIDS Foundation Chicago is ecstatic to be the financial beneficiary for the 8th annual Belting for Life event. Chris is a passionate community leader and after many years of his engagement in AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, we are honored to be involved in this personal project," said Director of Special Events and Special Initiatives, Madeline Miley. "It speaks volumes to his character that he has transformed his birthday celebration into fundraiser, directly investing in the health and prosperity of the HIV community."
For those who are unable to attend in person, Belting for Life will be available via video format and emailed a week after the performance.
The 2023 performers scheduled to appear include:
Monday, May 15, 2023. 7:30pm CDT (doors open at 7:00pm). Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston, IL 60202
$30 early bird ticket (until May 1)
$40 Regular Ticket (after May 1)
$20 Streaming (available within 1 week after live performance)
TO PURCHASE: action.aidschicago.org/event/belting-for-life-2023/e475522/register/new/select-tickets .
To assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19, all audience members are asked to wear a mask for this performance.