Downers Grove church hosts benefit concert for Bridge Communities Feb. 26

The Bridge Board of the First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove invites the community to the Encore 2023 Benefit Concert for Bridge Communities on Sunday, Feb. 26.

At 3 p.m., they will welcome back favorite performers from past Encore concerts and new musicians for a special afternoon of music ranging from jazz, to pop, to classical, and Broadway favorites.

The concert is a fundraiser benefitting the Bridge Board of the First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove. It is a program partner with Bridge Communities, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in transition to self-sufficiency.

Bridge Communities focus is to transform the lives of homeless DuPage County families by guiding them to a better future including providing housing, mentoring, direction, hope, encouragement, and a stable environment in which families can become self-sufficient and sustain their independence.

The cost to support each family is around $12,000 to $14,000 annually. Each family is mentored for 2 years making our involvement a large and very exciting outreach in which the First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is happy to be involved.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased either online at or in person.

Tickets may be purchased online. Select Online Giving, scroll to the Outreach section, and select Bridge Encore Concert to make your ticket purchase.

In-person ticket sales are at Anderson's Bookstore, 5112 Main St. in Downers Grove, (630) 963-2665, or after the 10 a.m. service on Sundays, Feb. 12-26, in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove, 1032 Maple Ave., (630) 968-7120.

If you are unable to attend the concert and would like to make a donation to our efforts, go online to, scan the QBR Code and select Bridge Encore Concert in the Outreach section or go to, select Online Giving and enter your donation in the Outreach/Bridge Encore Concert section.

For more information regarding the Bridge Communities Ministry select Bridge Board from the Mission drop-down on the home page.

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