November 17, 2016
For Drama Group Theatre Patrons, Donors, School Administration and Teachers:
The Drama Group will be presenting “Alabama Story” December 9-18, 2016. The synopsis of the show is as follows:
A gentle children’s book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the civil rights movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts political foes, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty children’s author on the same page to conjure a Deep South of the Imagination.
As a Community Outreach Program, the Drama Group will be collecting children’s books from audience members by offering a ticket incentive – buy one ticket and receive one ticket free with the donation of a new or gently used children’s book – for the Thursday, December 15, 2016 performance.
At this time, the Drama Group is inquiring to see if School Principals and teachers would be interested in participating in this program as a recipient of the children’s books collected. If so, please contact Tina Zagone at 708-738-1440 or firstname.lastname@example.org to stop the theatre the week of December 19-23, 2016 or make arrangement after your school’s winter break to rummage through the donated books for you to share with your students.
It is important for the Drama Group to know as soon as possible of your interest, as books will be available on a first come – first served basis. The DEADLINE is December 1, 2016.
The Drama Group is located at 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights, IL. You can familiarize yourself with our theatre by visiting their website at www.dramagroup.org and navigate your way to all the exciting live theatrical programming offered at Chicago’s Southland Premiere Community Theatre. All are invited to see the production of “Alabama Story.”
Thanks in advance for your interest in this Community Outreach Program!
For immediate release
ILLINOIS TOLLWAY TO HOST NETWORKING EVENT TO HELP VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES
PREPARE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE STATE
Firms invited to register for Veterans Business Program certification and learn
about upcoming opportunities for engineering, construction and goods and services contracts
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will host an Engaging Our Vets networking event on Friday, October 14, in Palos Hills to help veteran-owned firms prepare to do business with the Tollway and other state agencies on construction, professional engineering services, as well as goods and services contracts.
The Engaging Our Vets event will provide one-on-one assistance to help firms register for Veterans Business Program certification with the State of Illinois and gain access to Illinois Tollway contracting opportunities and participation in the competitive procurement process. Veteran-owned firms should bring the required documents to participate in onsite registration or workshops offering information and guidance pertaining to the certification requirements and process.
“We are committed to providing opportunities for veteran-owned firms to do business with the Illinois Tollway,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “Offering networking events like this one and supporting veteran participation goals, helps open the door for hard-working men and women who have served in our armed forces to compete for state contracts.”
The Illinois Tollway has established goals for veteran-owned small businesses for professional engineering services and construction and supports goals for goods and services contracts that are consistent with the State of Illinois Veterans Business Program.
For example, since 2015 when the Tollway began setting veteran goals for construction and professional service engineering contracts, the Tollway has paid $1.8 billion in to firms, including $28.3 million to certified veteran-owned firms.
The Illinois Tollway’s Engaging Our Vets event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Moraine Valley Community College, M Building – Moraine Business and Conference Center, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills.
The free event will include information about Illinois Tollway contracting opportunities, technical assistance programs and workshops presented by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Veteran Business Outreach Center including Veteran Business Program Certification, Creating a Capability Statement, Veteran Resources and Kick-Start Your Business.
In addition, the event will provide veteran-owned businesses the opportunity to network with other firms currently doing business with the Tollway, including work on heavy highway construction projects and the Illinois Tollway’s Facilities Job Order Contracting Program.
Registration for the Engaging Our Vets event is available on the Illinois Tollway website www.illinoistollway.com. Pre-registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 13, but onsite registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14.
For more information and event registration, please visit the Doing Business – Diversity Programs section on the Illinois Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.
About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.