World AIDS Day - December 1st


Jeannie Lukow, Executive Director of Porchlight Music Theatre, contacted Season of Concern asking for four collection buckets. Porchlight will be collecting donations from audience members who attend their current productions IN THE HEIGHTS and END OF THE RAINBOW for Season of Concern on Thursday, December 1, 2016, World AIDS Day. We are hoping other Chicago area theaters will follow suit and help us raise funds during this season of giving. SoC helps Chicago area theatre professionals, union and non-union, during all the seasons of the year. Season of Concern is nearly 30 years old. Its original mission was to serve the needs of Chicago area theatre professionals who were dealing with HIV and AIDS. SoC now has a larger canvas, and the organization has transformed to serve any Chicago area theatre professionals who are in need and dealing with any serious illness that burdens them from covering everyday costs. In 2016 SoC gave out $80,000 to 16 different Chicago area AIDS agencies that deal with prevention and testing of this still ongoing medical crisis.

In addition, Season of Concern is asking any theaters to contact us if interested in hanging a panel or two from the Names Project: The AIDS Memorial Quilt at their theater during the months of February and March 2017. These 12 X 12 panels are ones made in memory of Chicago area theatre professionals who we lost to AIDS. Please join us in raising funds for Season of Concern on World AIDS Day, and please join us in February and March as we unite in remembrance of those we lost as we display their beautiful quilt panels at Chicago’s many theater locations.


Season of Carols began as the tiniest seed of an idea: to raise money for Season of Concern by recording one holiday song. That tiny idea quickly blossomed to include an entire CD full of holiday songs recorded by some of the brightest stars of the Chicago theatre and music community.

100% of the proceeds of this CD go to benefit Season of Concern. Nearly 3,000 of these CDs have been recently delivered to various Chicago area theaters as “donation incentives” during their holiday audience solicitations for SoC through the month of December. These theaters are: Northlight Theatre MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, Drury Lane Oakbrook CRAZY FOR YOU, Theatre at the Center in Munster ANNIE WARBUCKS, Marriott Theatre SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Court Theatre ELECTRA, House Theatre THE NUTCRACKER, About Face Theatre I AM MY OWN WIFE, Lookingglass Theatre MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH and the Mercury Theater Chicago THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER. In addition, these new holiday CDs are available at theater gift shops and stores at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Season of Concern is so grateful to all of the above-mentioned theaters for their support using these CDs to help raise much needed funds for the Chicago area theater professionals, union and non-union, which it supports in times of dire need; and for the AIDS related agencies it also supports in the ongoing education and awareness still needed to combat this illness. In 2016 SoC gave out $80,000 to 16 different Chicago area AIDS related agencies, while also offering confidential grants to many Chicago area theater professionals. Holiday collections of donations for Season of Concern have made it possible for this nearly 30-year-old not-for-profit organization to continue to help those in need.

The Season of Carols CD is available at theaters throughout Chicago, the Season of Carols' store, cdBaby and on iTunes.