CAFM helps Woolgathering project with Holiday Hurrah

Chicago Acting in Film Meetup’s annual fundraiser to feature networking, raffles, prizes for ‘Best Dressed’, ‘Ugliest Holiday Sweater’ and more

Multiple raffles, Zoom Breakout Rooms, and prizes for your most creative holiday attire are all on tap as the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup NFP (CAFM) wraps up 2021 with a film industry party, fundraiser, and networking night that also benefits another nonprofit, The Woolgathering Project (TWP). 

The 13th Annual CAFM Holiday Hurrah (on ZOOM!) happens Monday, December 13, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The event is open to the entire Chicago film production community and the general public.  Admission tickets are $25 online through December 9.  For tickets, click here.

“We’re grateful to celebrate CAFM’s 14th year in Chicago with another fun December fundraiser,” says CAFM Board President Steve Scholz.  “And we hope every filmmaker, film actor, and film fan will join us online as we help raise money for The Woolgathering Project.”

About CAFM

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.  They have hosted the Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party (CCCP) “Happy Hours” events and the A.C.E. (Arts, Culture, and Entertainment) event at The Underground with Billy Dec, and sponsored a booth at the inaugural IFA Block Party.  The group has also volunteered with Church of Our Saviour’s Food For Friends program and raised funds for other nonprofit charities like Care for Real, Hephzibah Children’s Association, and Peace On Earth Film Festival.

About The Woolgathering Project

“The Woolgathering Project is so grateful to the CAFM family for supporting our efforts this holiday season in Chicago,” says actor Beth Lacke who co-founded TWP in 2013 with actor Molly Glynn.  The nonprofit collects and distributes socks—the least donated but most requested item for those living without heat or homes—and did so during Chicago’s polar vortex thanks to the support of local actors, casting directors, and crew members.  “So it is extra special to have those in our industry once again hear the sock call to make the world a warmer place for us all.” 

Networking, prizes and more

For their fundraiser, CAFM is again offering “10 Minutes With” Top Talent Agents and Casting Directors in a special online raffle.  Premium Raffle prizes will include coaching for actors, demo reel production, sports tickets, and assorted gift cards.  Plus, attendees can win prizes at the party just for having the Best Holiday Zoom Background, being the Best Dressed Guest, or wearing the Ugliest Holiday Sweater. 

“We had a fun time awarding prizes for creative Zoom users last winter,” says CAFM Board Vice President & Treasurer Valerie Querns. “So we hope everyone can get into the holiday spirit from wherever they are again this December.  And you just might wrap up your holiday shopping with all the prizes we’re giving away.”

The 2021 Holiday Hurrah admission price includes networking with other party attendees in Zoom Breakout Rooms, plus chances to win the Best Dressed Guest, Best Holiday Zoom Background, and Ugliest Holiday Sweater prizes.  Premium Raffle tickets are $5 each, and guests can save money with online discounts of 10% off 10, 20% off 20, and 30% off 30 raffle tickets.  Special Raffle tickets for “10 Minutes With” Chicago Casting Directors and Talent Agents are $10 each.  Every paid attendee is entered to win the Grand Prize of a $250 Visa Gift Card.  For all prizes, there are no substitutions or prize transfers.  Proceeds from the event will help fund CAFM’s ongoing educational work, special industry events, and giving back outreach.  

“We’re proud to celebrate another year with Chicago’s film community,” says Scholz.  “So join us December 13th and you can mingle online with some of the smartest working actors in Chicago.  We throw one of the best parties in town, and we’d love to see you there!”

For more details and to purchase tickets online, visit https://cafmhh2021.eventbrite.com 


WHAT: 13th Annual CAFM Holiday Hurrah (on ZOOM!)

WHERE: On the Zoom platform.  Login information will be sent to those who buy tickets.

WEBSITE: https://cafmhh2021.eventbrite.com 

WHEN: Monday, December 13, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: General admission tickets are $25 online through December 9th.  Donation tickets are $14 through December 13th.  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 program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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