Monday, April 30, 2012

A Meaningful Event for Children's Musical Futures

Last evening, the Secret Agent Foundation hosted their annual tribute dinner at the lovely Victoria Beau Jolie restaurant in Schiller Park. Our friend Phil Vaughan, the group's founder, went to great lengths to make us all welcome and very honored to be there. Phil's brother, Tony, served as emcee and introduced a musical lineup of entertainment, including the wonderful band Hip-Noz, and music by Tony Ocean, Rick Lindy, Mark Inlow as "Roy Orbison", and Star David Brooks as "Jerry Lee Lewis" direct from Branson, MO.

Music philanthropist Lester Trilla, who has been key in supporting the Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band for more than 10 years, surely sets the pace for support youth and education. We had a wonderful evening from start to finish. It was an honor to be named their 2012 Man of the Year and be surrounded by so many people expressing love and best wishes.

As I said last night, the focus of the evening, and rightly so, is the fund-raiser that makes it possible for children to have musical instructions and lessons, early in their lives so they might be excited enough to want to continue in the future, maybe even on toward a career in music. I want to thank everyone for their e-mails, calls, as well as financial contributions to the Secret Agent Foundation in my honor. As Nick said when he was honored, and I have said, especially of this event, it's not about us, it's about the children.

Who knows--your donation of financial support and even musical instruments that are in your basement, not being used, could truly make a difference in the future of Chicagoland's brightest young musicians, just waiting for a chance to learn, grow, and shine. Donations are accepted year-round (see www.secretagentinc.org).

Again, thanks to everyone for making it an unforgettable evening and celebration,

Carl

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