Chicago Lighthouse Spearheads Sept. 14 Navy Pier Summer Spectacular Concert Showcasing Access & Inclusion

Jul 19th, 2019


Contact:Dominic Calabrese
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Chicago Lighthouse Spearheads Sept. 14 Navy Pier Summer Spectacular Concert Showcasing Access & Inclusion

CHICAGO – In an effort to encourage Chicagoans and visitors alike to gain a greater appreciation for the beauty and power of inclusion in every facet of our lives, The Chicago Lighthouse will host a unique three-hour summer spectacular concert Saturday, September 14 at Navy Pier featuring performers with and without disabilities.

“Center Stage for Access and Inclusion,” which will take place from 11 am to 2 pm on the Navy Pier South Dock (adjacent to Ferris Wheel), will feature stellar performances from singing sensations and epic dancing to comedy and storytelling.

Special guest performer will be Avett Ray, a seven-year-old piano YouTube sensation who happens to be visually impaired and was featured on The Today Show.  Serving as emcee will be one of Chicago’s most engaging personalities, Leon Rogers of WGCI.

The event will support all of the life-changing programs of The Lighthouse by supporting its Endowment Fund.

“As long as inequality exists and barriers remain for people who are disabled, we need to continue sounding the clarion call for diversity and inclusion,” said Lighthouse President & CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk. Dr. Szlyk noted that “Center Stage for Access and Inclusion” will dramatically illustrate what artists and performers with disabilities can do if given the opportunity.

“We wanted to continue the fight for inclusion, building on the success of our wildly popular Lighthouses on The Mag Mile Public Art Display last summer which garnered international headlines,” she added.

To make this event as truly inclusive as possible, The Lighthouse is reaching out to many of the city’s top social service organizations, sports teams, cultural institutions and private businesses to ask for their support as sponsors.

Anyone who is interested in sponsorship or other information about “Center Stage for Access and Inclusion” can call (312) 447-3246 or visit

Serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities through innovative programs in education, rehabilitation, employment, assistive technology and other areas, The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service organizations.