Agency Bands Do 'Battle' April 21

Agency Bands Do 'Battle' April 21

Six Chicago agencies are set to battle each other for charity while celebrity judges and the audience rate their bands’ music and performances tomorrow night.

The goal of the annual "Battle for Hope" is to raise more than $60,000 to help Off The Street Club (OTSC), a nonprofit that offers kids who live in West Garfield Park a safe haven from violent crime, send as many children as they can to summer camp. This year's "battle" will take place at the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, on April 21 with the doors openning at 6 p.m. and the event starting at 7 p.m.

The event is mostly sold out but tickets are still available by calling the Cubby Bear at (773) 327-1662.

The Battle for Hope brings together six Chicago advertising companies and their in-house bands to perform and battle for votes, hearts, and funds. The winning band is selected by local celebrity judges Mathieu Lejeune (CRC) and John Haggerty. Lejeune is a Grammy-award winning engineer who has worked with and recorded Rihanna, Sting, Jennifer Hudson, Buddy Guy, and The Lumineers, among others. Haggerty has played for Naked Raygun, and Pegboy.

This year, the agencies participating are: AbelsonTaylor - Hard to Swallow, Accenture - FJordinary Heroes, Cramer-Krasselt - The Angry PiCKles (2015 winner), DigitasLBi - The Deliverables, Trisect - The Big T’s and Weber Shandwick – RFP.

Its first year the event raised $8,500. In year two that spiked to $40,000, then $50,000 last year. This year's goal is an ambitious $60,000. This year CRC is donating a recording session to the winning band.

Besides raising funds, the mission of the "Battle for Hope" is to raise awareness of the work done by OTSC. It was originally started by DigitasLBi employees Sujal Patel, Kris English and Simon Kissler, which began modestly.

OTSC currently serves more than 3,000 kids in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country—West Garfield Park. OTSC offers a place where kids living in a neighborhood where crime, gangs and drugs are a daily threat, have a safe place to learn, laugh and play without worry. Ralph Campagna has been the executive director of the Club for nearly 3 decades.