BUCKTOWN — Gallery Cabaret will recognize president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration with a poker-inspired fundraiser exactly 40 hours before the Jan. 20 swearing in of the nation's 45th president.
Set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 18, "40 Hours to Trump" will bring together teachers, volunteers, activists and literary performers who will make pitches to audience members about why they should support groups organizers say the Trump/Pence campaign "targeted," according to event organizers, the storytelling series Welcome to the Neighborhood.
The lineup has not yet been finalized but the night will benefit groups working in issues including queer rights, immigration, reproductive rights, education and free speech.
Admission is free to the show, but poker chips can be bought for cash. After hearing the pitches by the various organizations, audience members can use the chips to vote for the groups. The money raised by the sale of the poker chips will go to the groups the audience choose.
"It's hearing a few stories, hoisting a few beers and raising money for a few groups that are going to have a difficult four years," the organizers say.
Gallery Cabaret, a dive bar known for hosting live music and comedy shows, is located at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. in Bucktown. For updates, visit the event's Facebook page.
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