CAFM says “Hurrah” for 2019

December 9th
Film Industry Holiday Party
and Fundraiser at Carbon Arc
features networking,
raffle prizes, silent auction,
“Winter Weekend Getaway,”
and more

Tasty food, cool prizes, and dancing are on the menu as the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup (CAFM) celebrates 2019 with a film industry party, fundraiser, and networking night all rolled into one.

The 11th Annual CAFM Holiday Hurrah happens Monday, December 9, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Carbon Arc Bar & Board (4614 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago). The event is open to the entire Chicago film production community and the general public.

Admission tickets are $50 online through November 30, then $65 from December 1 through December 8, and $100 on December 9 and at the door. For tickets, visit the Eventbrite link.

“We’re grateful to be celebrating CAFM’s 12th year in Chicago with another fun December fundraiser,” says CAFM Board President Steve Scholz. “And everyone is invited to party with us. That includes, filmmakers, film actors, and especially film fans!”

Since 2007, CAFM has helped Chicago’s film actors co-mentor each other and connect with the film production community at large. Along with their members-only monthly educational events, they have held public and industry events including Summer Socials, CIMMFest panels, and an Actors Clothing Swap, and they have hosted the Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party (CCCP) “Happy Hours” and the A.C.E. (Arts, Culture, and Entertainment) event at The Underground with Billy Dec last March. The group has also helped the Food For Friends program at Church of Our Saviour and raised funds for other nonprofit charities like Care for Real, Hephzibah Children’s Association, and Peace On Earth Film Festival.

“We’ve been taking a 360 degree look at the film industry this year,” says Scholz. “At our monthly events, members worked with local directors and content creators, they toured Stage 18 and Cinespace, and they enjoyed an exclusive panel discussion with Kwame Amoaku and Peter Hawley from the Chicago and Illinois Film Offices. So to wrap up 2019, we’re opening our doors for everyone to join with us and celebrate Chicago’s many successes.”

This year, CAFM is once again offering “10 Minutes With” Top Talent Agents and Casting Directors in its Silent Auction. And among the raffle prizes are the book Audition Pscyh 101 by actor Michael Kostroff, Maggiano’s gift cards, career coaching, handmade jewelry, and music lessons.

“We’re proud to offer a variety of prizes for anyone to win,” says Scholz. “If you enjoy good restaurants and local theaters, we’ve got you covered. And you just might wrap up your holiday shopping with all the prizes you find here!”

The 2019 Holiday Hurrah admission price includes a drink token for the first hour (7-8:00 p.m.), plus hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats throughout the night, and dancing in the 10:00 hour.

Premium Raffle tickets are $5 each. Guests can save time and money with online pre-sale discounts of 10% off 10, 20% off 20, and 30% off 30 raffle tickets.

Silent Auction
Meanwhile, the Silent Auction features Chicago sports tickets plus “10 Minutes With” Chicago Casting Directors and Talent Agents, each with a $50 minimum bid. Guests can also buy a $20 blinker pin to play “Heads & Tails” for the biggest prize of the night: a “Winter Weekend Getaway” featuring a two-night stay at Hotel EMC2 – Autograph Collection in downtown Chicago, plus gift certificates for downtown restaurants and special entertainment.

For all prizes, you must be present to win and there are no substitutions or prize transfers. Proceeds from the event will help fund the group’s ongoing educational work, special industry events, and giving back outreach.

“We’re proud to celebrate another wonderful year for Chicago’s film community,” says Scholz. “So get dressed up Monday, December 9th and mingle with some of the smartest working actors in Chicago. We’ll even buy your first drink! We throw one of the best parties in town, and we’d love to see you there!”

Must be 21 or older to attend. Cocktail attire is requested. For more details and to purchase tickets online, click here.


WHAT: CAFM Holiday Hurrah
WHERE: Carbon Arc Bar & Board, 4614 N Lincoln, Chicago, Illinois 60625
WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2019, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: General admission tickets are $50 online through November 30, then $65 online through December 8th, and $100 online on December 9th and at the door. CAFM is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Proceeds from the event will help fund the group’s ongoing educational work, special industry events, and giving back outreach. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

For more details, see the Facebook event here.

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