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Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Big Fundraiser Is Coming Up — Here’s How To Get Involved

A kickoff event, which doubles as an informational meeting, is set for 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association's youth leaders leading a protest.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square Neighborhood Association is putting on its 11th annual “I Love Logan Square” fundraiser at the end of April — and they could use your help getting it off the ground.

The neighborhood group is hosting a kickoff event which will double as an informational meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cole’s Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There, neighbors will be able to learn more about how to get involved, whether by day-of volunteering, planning or “straight up attending the party,” according to the event page. The organization is also on the hunt for unique auction prizes.

This year’s fundraiser is set for 6-10 p.m. April 26 at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks as the event draws closer, but past fundraisers featured a live auction with neighborhood-specific prizes, along with local food and beer. In 2017, tickets cost between $25-$95.

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“We like to humiliate elected officials and other local ‘celebrities’ on stage if possible,” staffer Bridget Murphy said.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a community organization dedicated to “advancing diversity, leader development, and models for engagement as the catalyst for social justice.” The organization was founded in 1962.

Staffer Bridget Murphy called the fundraiser an “essential piece of our grassroots fundraising strategy.”

“We need to keep growing our network of 120 parent mentors who volunteer every single day in our neighborhood school classrooms — and we need to pay for the buses it takes to get to Springfield to demand full and equitable school funding,” Murphy said in an email.

“We need to keep pushing for innovative housing solutions like the community land trust — and we will need to organize to get the new Mayor to pay attention. We need to expand our immigration clinic at Schurz High School, which just opened last month, and keep finding new ways to make our neighborhood a sanctuary.”

At last year’s event, the organization raised about $20,000, according to Murphy.