On Saturday December 3rd, Urban Initiatives participants got a chance of a lifetime when they received Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) tickets at Allstate Arena, got a backstage tour, and met the lead performers. Urban Initiatives was the charity partner for the 2011 TSO event presented by Storck USA. To kick off the show, TSO and Storck presented Urban Initiatives with the check for $16,447. It was an honor for all involved.
Several youth from our Work to Play Program were dazzled by the holiday light show, pyrotechnics, and amazing musical talents of the performers. As the backstage tour began, the youth clutched their coach’s arm in nervous excitement. They were introduced to several performers who sang in the show. When one of the performers asked if the kids could sing, Alianna, a 1st grader at Reavis, broke out in song. The pop hit was immediately recognized by the professional singers and the entire group began to join in – suddenly, Alianna and her sister Gabrielle were the stars of the show! After a few rounds of the chorus and an impromptu dance number, the performers and kids were brought out in front of the crowd of thousands. They participated in kicking off the show by throwing prizes out into the cheering crowd following the check presentation. Chevaugn’s throw definitely reached the 10th row, at least! The kids then found their seats and enjoyed an amazing music and light spectacle!
Many thanks to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Storck USA for supporting our work and giving our kids an experience they will never forget!