To raise money and awareness for Special Olympics, as well as showcase upcoming talent, through an annual benefit concert at Metro in Chicago. It also provides young entrepreneurs an incredible learning opportunity to organize and plan en event, while performing community service.
The dream of Eunice Kennedy Shriver to help those with intellectual disabilities live a more normal life through sports, began with her back yard camp in the early 1960’s. Illinois takes great pride in the history of this amazing global movement, having been the site of the first Special Olympics games at Soldier Field and the home to some of the early visionaries in the movement. Today, there are Special Olympics programs in more than 150 countries.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship. They are able to do so with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. For more information on Special Olympics Illinois visit www.soill.org.
Funds raised from Nelarusky will benefit hundreds of athletes who participate with Special Olympics Illinois. Earnings will assist with travel, meals and accommodations so that athletes can participate at no cost to them.
Lauren McClusky started Nelarusky (formerly known as McFest) in 2007 at the age of 16. Besides organizing this event each year and working at both Jeff McClusky & Associates and Audiotree, Lauren has interned at The Windish Agency, Schubas/Lincoln Hall, Do312, and C3 in Austin. Lauren has been recognized as one of America’s leading young entrepreneurs by Sarah Cook, the founder of the Raising CEO Kids. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in December, 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business Management. She is extremely passionate about music and is constantly attending concerts and festivals, whether it be for work or pleasure!