Summer Patio Party!


Twice the Crowd, Twice the Funds, and Twice the Fun!

ECPA’s Summer Patio Party Was a Hit with Our Community 

On July 13, Elmhurst Center for Performing Arts hosted its first community event—a summer patio party at Flight 112, where residents were able to see conceptual plans for a proposed multi-stage venue for theatre, music, dance, and comedy to be built in downtown Elmhurst. While rain earlier in the day drove the party indoors, it did not dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. “We had an amazing turnout,” says ECPA Board Chair, Jeff Budgell, “And we were overwhelmed by the high attendance, the generosity of donors, and the overall level of excitement for the project among residents. The event confirmed that we’re on the right track and we’re ready to take advantage of the groundswell of support for a performing arts center in Elmhurst.”


Close to 200 residents came to share ECPA‘s plans for a performing arts center in downtown Elmhurst


Elmhurst resident and business owner Cathy Bajkowski (left) with Mayor Steven Morley (center) and ECPA Board Chairman Jeff Budgell (right)


Wine and micro-beer tastings got the party off to a great start


Former Elmhurst Fire Chief Jeff Bacidore with ECPA board member Laura Michaud


Plans of the proposed building were available for viewing


ECPA Board Chairman Jeff Budgell recognizes Cindy Peterson (center) for the Peterson family’s matching fund donation of $10,000


Local musicians Emma Ohm and the Resistors provide live entertainment for ECPA guests at Flight 112