Final Call to Support EEDS’ Kickstarter!

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have contributed to and shared our 4th of July Parade Kickstarter so far! There are only 5 days to go, and a lot of work left to do to reach our goal. If we do not raise $2,300 we don’t receive any of the contributions. You can contribute any amount, and receive some pretty cool EEDS swag, too! Please also share our Kickstarter link on social media if you can:

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Your donations go toward parade materials, costumes for the dancers and percussionists, payment for the teachers, as well as scholarships for members who can’t afford full-priced summer-session classes. You can also be a part of EEDS by joining us for percussion classes at 4048 West Armitage, Chicago, IL every Wednesday night from 7-8:30. All are welcome to join these drop-in classes, and you can then play in the parade! Hope to see you there, and thanks again for your support!

Help make the 2015 EEDS samba parade a reality!


Alô Comunidade! As you all know, Evanston Escola de Samba’s annual 4th of July samba parade is on the horizon (less than 2 months to go)! YOU can help us put on our best parade ever by contributing to our 2015 Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to your generosity in 2014 we were able to put on a great parade, our biggest yet, with over 100 performers. This year, we are also celebrating our recent win of “Best Cultural Institution” at the 2015 Brazilian International Press Awards.

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We have until June 15 to raise the $2,300 needed for our float materials, parade costumes, and student scholarships to participate in the parade. We’ll even say “thank you!” with some great EEDS swag. Please share our Kickstarter fundraising link with your friends and thanks for the support!

Only 1 week to go on Kickstarter!

We are getting down to the wire on our Kickstarter – only one week left. However we still have to meet over 1/2 of our goal! If you are considering donating, now is the time!

Thank you to all those who donated in the third week of our campaign, we really appreciate your support:
Seiti & Sanko Sacay
Carolina Sacay
Ines Sacay
Lucas Sacay
Marcos Sacay
Márcia Sacay
Fran Gilbert
Jeremy S. Miller
Leslie Riley


2nd Week Update – We’re halfway through!

Our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is halfway over, and we wanted to offer our heartfelt thanks to those who have contributed this second week. Thank you for helping us spread Brazilian music and culture!:

  • Amanda Armstrong
  • Chris Hasselbring
  • Mateus Reppucci Vaz de Lima
  • Libby
  • Julia Bartos
  • Jacques Pépin and Full Plate Media
  • Mike Serritella


We are looking to raise $3,600, but with only 15 days to go, we still need over $2,400 to meet our goal! If we don’t meet our $3,600 total goal, we don’t see a penny of your donations, our Kickstarter closes June 7th at 10 AM. Please help out if you can – in order to contribute, please visit our Kickstarter fundraising page! If you are unable to contribute, help us by sharing our Kickstarter link! We are grateful for your support!

First week update: Thank you to our supporters – we’re 25% there!

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We are extremely grateful to the 10 generous contributors who have helped us reach 25% of our goal! Thank you to new donors:

  • Marion
  • Philip Galinsky
  • Kristin and Marc Winter

The amount pledged so far covers our scholarships, shirts/hats and costume expenses. Though we are making progress, we still have a way to go before reaching our ultimate parade fundraising goal. Even if you can’t contribute, please help us by sharing our Kickstarter link and our Kickstarter event on Facebook. The Kickstarter closes at 10 AM on Saturday June 7th! If we do not raise enough funds by that date, we don’t receive any money, so every dollar really helps us towards our goal! Muito Obrigado!

Thank you to our first Kickstarter supporters!


Our 4th of July Parade Kickstarter has been up for only 3 days and we are already over 20% to our goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated to help make our 4th of July Parade a reality so far – we are so grateful for your support. Please consider donating to our cause, or spread the word if you can by sharing our Kickstarter link and our Kickstarter event on Facebook. The Kickstarter closes at 10 AM on Saturday June 7th, so act before it is too late!!!

Extra special thanks to those who have contributed so far:

  • Ed Brann
  • Jim Holland
  • Peter Korajczyk
  • Callan Lamb
  • Jessica Anzaldua
  • Nathan Cornish
  • John Beard