World-Renowned Comedy Troupe Joins Belvidere To Fight Water Crisis

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17 Feb 2014

The Chicago-based Second City Comedy Troupe will be making its way west to Belvidere on February 26th, performing at 7:30PM in the Belvidere High School Performing Arts Center. Second City is one of the nation’s top comedy theatres, having been the training grounds of legends from John Belushi and Bill Murray to Tina Fey and Steve Carell. On Wednesday, February 26th, they will take the stage to kick off of a much bigger fundraiser spanning the entire week: The show is in solidarity of the community-wide effort to fight the global water crisis.

Sparked by the Belvidere High School DECA club president Haley Gustafson and mentored by adviser and community member Maureen Koteles, the Belvidere Water Project is a community-wide fundraiser whose proceeds are dedicated to, a global charity that aims to give every citizen clean, safe drinking water. These aspiring young business students are applying what they learn in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship – and using it for good in the world. After Second City’s kickoff show on the 26th, the fundraiser will culminate in a community-wide festival at the Belvidere Community Building on March 1 from 10am-7pm.

On March 1, the Community Water Project fundraiser will consist of a variety of musical performances from Meehan, Caledonia, Washington, and Perry elementary schools, the BHS Choraliers, BSMS Jazz Band, BHS Jazz Band, BSMS Choir, and more. There will also be an ongoing book fair, as well as food sales provided by the Boone County Fair Association.

Haley Gustafson, president of DECA and lead student organizer, explains that the fundraiser grew out of a previous annual fundraiser that unveiled a bigger problem: After working on widespread issues in Africa, “the need for water was such a big issue we wanted to tackle this problem first. If we help them get the water they need, then they can worry about the other things.”

For more information on the Belvidere Water Project, visit
To buy tickets for Second City’s performance, visit
To join the community fundraiser, no ticket purchase is necessary.
For other inquiries, please contact Maureen Koteles at 815-543-2244.