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2018 General Fund
Since 1911, the Athenaeum Theatre has been home to some of the most diverse theatre, dance, and music performances in all of Chicago. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit art organization, we keep our rental prices low and our service level high.

In 2017 the Athenaeum spent $70,000 in capital improvements and major repairs to projects such as:

• New box office computers
• Completed installation of new safety handrails in the balcony
• Construction of a Main Stage orchestra pit cover
• Elevator repairs
• New lighting consoles
• Installation of security cameras
• Electrical and plumbing projects

Funding for improvements to the building come entirely from our modest $2.00 restoration fee on each ticket sold, grants and donations from our patrons. However, only 10% of these funds come from donors like you.

Your tax-deductible gift will help us achieve our ambitious goal of raising $200,000 in projects we need to complete in 2018:

• $90,000 for tuck-pointing and exterior repairs to brick and limestone
• $75,000 for upgrading woefully outdated and undersized bathrooms
• $23,000 in upgrades to sound and lighting systems in our three studio theaters
• $10,000 for a professional grade projection screen for the Main Stage
• $2,600 for a center-fill speaker upgrade for the Main Stage

Your contribution supports the ongoing restoration, maintenance, and improvement of this century-old arts complex. Please help us continue our mission to provide an affordable, safe and comfortable home for music, theatre, and dance companies by investing in our work today.

Thank you for your support.
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One Day 100 Bikes benefiting World Bicycle Relief

Make a donation to One Day 100 Bikes benefiting World Bicycle Relief!

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day and Leah Missbach Day in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. As a founder of SRAM and leader in product development, F.K.'s role offered a unique opportunity to problem-solve with other cycling industry leaders. As a documentary photographer, Leah’s gift for sharing stories helped bring the devastation of those affected by the tsunami to light. Together, with a solid backing from SRAM Corporation and an outpouring of support from industry leaders, FK and Leah helped to launch WBR and provide bicycles to those in need. Partnering with aid organizations in Sri Lanka, WBR distributed more than 24,000 bicycles to displaced survivors, providing access to education, healthcare and livelihoods while reconnecting entire communities.

Following the positive impact that bicycles provided as relief in Sri Lanka, we were invited to partner with a large-scale health program in Zambia. The USAID-funded program, RAPIDS, trained and equipped community healthcare workers to help combat the AIDS epidemic. In 2006, we provided more than 23,000 bicycles through this program to support volunteers who would walk long distances to provide home-based care.

WBR has since built programs to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles for students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. While the bicycles themselves help individuals conquer distance and increase their carrying capacity, WBR has also created new economic opportunities by training field mechanics and employing bike assemblers to support our local programs.