What People Are Saying About Us
“When it comes to special events, AOK Cabaret provides that rare combination of high quality and low cost. Our audience liked what they saw and heard so much the first time that we called them back for an encore performance the following year! When you add in that they are a mission-driven arts organization themselves you’ve got one great package.” ~ Jack Kaplan, United Way
“What can you say about a non-profit that entertains for another non-profit’s fundraiser and blows the house away? Essentially one workd will do: WOW! Many of their songs brought forth memories that evoked cheers, tears and laughter. We heard for days after the event what a memorable and fun evening it was. Hilary and her entire team were fabulous to work with, easy to communicate with and incredibly professional on all levels. We definitely hope to repeat this fundraiser again next year.” ~ Carol Trzcinski, McCord Gallery & Cultural Center
“As I said Saturday night, the word ‘cabaret’ is too small a word for what you do. How your heart for humanity shines through your performance! The ensemble work was vocally flawless, the intonation so pure. It will be so good to see how AOK progresses. It is a wonderful service to mankind and a very enjoyable fundraiser.”
~ Lois Carlson, The Hospitality Center for the Homeless, Evanston, IL
"I went to my book club on Monday, and the gossip grapevine had already spread the word about the amazing fundraiser we had with the unbelievable cabaret singers! The superintendent said that he had never attended a cabaret before and was amazed at how much he enjoyed it. One woman, who lost her husband this past year and has not been going out, thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful feeling that she received by being there. A board member emailed to say 'thank you' for the wonderful evening of music and food. Her husband was thrilled to be there too! It was such a good-feeling relationship builder for our foundation! Thank you!" ~Jeanne Krapauskas, District 230 Foundation
“It is amazing all the work you all have done to put together Acts Of Kindness Cabaret. I admire you so much for what you wrote in the program. It states that since you live paycheck to paycheck, you discovered another way to help people and that is through your organization. Many people would have stopped after saying that financially they were unable to help, but you found some other way to help, and what a great job you have done. What a great show you all put on Saturday night! And knowing where the money was going added to the evening.” ~ David Casey, Audience member
“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Acts of Kindness Cabaret. This is the second time we have been to a performance of this highly talented trio and each one was new and fresh, but had the same entertaining, fun, sophisticated, and down-to-earth personable qualities. We would highly recommend attending an Act of Kindness performance." ~Raymond Ascher, Audience Member
"Acts of Kindness Cabaret is a wonderful resource for a fundraising event. Our guests were blown away with the professional quality of the talent. We will certainly consider them for a future event and recommend them to other non-for-profits looking for a fresh idea to gain support and raise funds. It is truly a fund-raiser in a box." ~ Greg Battle, Lake County Center for Independent LIving
"We were honored that the Acts of Kindness Cabaret donated their time and talents to our event. Their level of professionalism and their attention to detail exceeded our every expectation."
~ Susan King, Watts of Love
"Acts of Kindness Cabaret has helped us with two events, [one for Rotary and one Rotary sponsored for Sleep in Heavenly Peace]. They are very easy to work with, and provide professional entertainment with no hassle or setup. As a fellow charitable organization, they also have a similar mindset to our volunteer organization, and it's nice to work with and support another group making a positive impact in the world."
~Jody Redman, Oak Forest Rotary Club
"We had a wonderful experience working with Acts Of Kindness Cabaret for a friend/fundraiser earlier this summer. They took care of every performance aspect of the event which included visiting the venue several weeks early to assure an optimal setup. They put on a world-class show! We opted for, “You Can’t Be Serious,” which was funny, entertaining and seriously well-sung. Our event was a success thanks to the supremely talented and professional Acts Of Kindness Cabaret!"
~Elyse Danckers, Waukegan to College
“When [the] cabaret vocalists came into the room and the piano began to play, the room was transformed. For the next hour and a half, the audience laughed, cried, and enjoyed a thoughtful, sentimental, joyful and terrific performance. After all the excitement quited down and we could calculate the financial success of the event, we were quite happy. Our members and guests were still talking about the evening throughout the following week. That is when you know you have had a successful event!” ~ Marla Schachtel, Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation
"Thank you to your amazingly talented team! You truly do make the production so simple to implement -- a genius idea! Everyone loved the event! I hope that we can partner with you again next year. We might have a new tradition! Thanks for all the time and talent you give to make these opportunities possible."
~ Catherine Game, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
“The Cabaret was a fun event! Many in town didn’t know what a cabaret is and were surprised at how fun and entertaining it was. We served appetizers, sweets, wine and soft drinks and everyone had a great time. Highly recommend Hilary Feldman and her ladies – their voices are superb. It was simply good family entertainment!”
~ Gail Haller, Park Ridge Community Fund
“We were awed! We completely forgot that we were on the Northwest side of Chicago at the Copernicus banquet hall. Our neighborhood. Acts Of Kindness Cabaret presented Broadway show level entertainment which ended much too soon. We would have stayed for an Act 3 and even Act 4 - that's how enthralled we were. And to be in such an intimate setting with the performers. Many of us thought the songs spoke directly to us. Wow! And I have listened to my CD's several times since.” ~Janine Klich-Jensen, Audience Member
"The performers were talented and professional with beautiful voices and great comedic timing. The accompanist was phenomenal. The lighting and sound system techs made our little hall look like a theatre. The troupe had everything down to a science, keeping to the schedule promised. Can't wait to have them back!"
~ Carole Creason, Seniors Assistance Center
“This was our third performance by AOK and I have to say it was the best yet! Each time you have brought a new and wonderful cabaret show. Such talent! We will be looking forward to the next performance. Please pass on to all of your cast and crew our heartfelt thanks for a delightful evening.” ~Jim Bator, Westmont Rotary
“Words of appreciation are an inadequate expression of our thanks, but we are moved and touched by your generous act of outreach. Acts Of Kindness Cabaret is what its name says, a wonderful act of kindness on your part by providing an outstanding musical evening, with all of the profits going to our program. The proceeds were an added boost to our budget, and the event provided additional publicity for the program.” ~ Harvey Delery, First House, Racine, WI
“Acts Of Kindness Cabaret provided a beautiful performance that engaged the audience. Many of our guests had never attended a cabaret performance and were charmed by the combination of song and conversation. [The singers] had an amazing range of vocal styles, as well as a wonderful range of song selections. I was in awe of their ability to engage an audience encompassing a range of ages and musical tastes. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening that left us all feeling great! I am so grateful to Hilary for her artistry, professionalism, and commitment to the non-profit sector.” ~ Anita Jenke, Career Transitions Center of Chicago
"Acts of Kindness provided us with a truly delightful performance that included beloved classics and contemporary hits that appealed to our multigenerational audience. They were the perfect fit for our community event and we couldn't have been more pleased to work with them. Not only was the talent of the cabaret singers impressive, but the courtesy, pleasantness and professionalism that everyone involved with AOKC showed us and our patrons made for the perfect intimate evening of great entertainment and community building we'd hoped for."
~ Michael Miro, Ridgeville Park District Foundation
"A thoroughly entertaining evening enjoying AOK's newest show Have We Got a Story for You. The collection of songs touched on all emotions, from laughter to tugging at our heart strings. The talents of the performers were extraordinary. Very impressive to see talent of this caliber donate their time to help other non-profits raise money. We heard nothing but compliments after the show, everyone felt uplifted by the performance. Since each show is so unique it easy to have them back again and again. This was out third fundraiser with AOKC. Hilary and team make it so easy to put the fundraiser together and they are incredibly affordable. You only need to sell the tickets." ~ Linda Buchanan, McCord Gallery & Cultural Center
"From the very beginning of our relationship, you showed the upmost in professionalism. Your attention to all the details needed to have a successful event made WOW’s job that much easier. The talent your team provided was beyond my expectations. The board and guests shared how wonderful your show was. They were wowed! Thank you for helping make our event successful. I have been and will continue to recommend you whenever I can." ~Beth Ragsdale, Words On Wheels
"Brava, brava, brava! These lively gals are fantastic! This is the second time I have seen them, and I had so much fun. The new show is wonderfully spirited, highly energetic, and incredibly funny. Our audience was delighted and bouncing around in their seats, laughing out loud for the entire hour. They thoroughly enjoyed the show and have told us that it was the best entertainment we've ever had."
~ Candi Kleindorfer, The Pantry of Rich Township
"Acts Of Kindness Cabaret is a wonderful outfit that helps make it extremely easy to raise funds for your philanthropic event, while putting on an amazing show. The vocal talent alone is worth it, but the topper is how well organized and helpful they are during the whole process. They are a talented and classy group, and your organization will be very happy to have partnered with them!" ~Ryan Springer, Sedgebrook of Lincolnshire
“What a wonderful evening Saturday night was… and it was thanks so much to your wonderful cabaret performance. We loved working with Acts Of Kindness Cabaret. It was a fun, high energy, toe-tapping evening. The voices were magnificent, and the audience loved every minute. It was absolutely fantastic, and I have had such positive and glowing feedback from all who attended. You were a pleasure to work with. Thank you so much for everything!” ~ Judy Buckman, Congregation Sukkat Shalom (benefit for Family Promise)
"It was a real pleasure to work with Acts Of Kindness Cabaret. Hilary and her team made everything easy for us, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our guests were amazed by the remarkable performance and had nothing but positive feedback. We hope to make this event an annual occurrence!" ~ Karen Jones, Adoption Center of Illinois
“What a wonderful show! The three of you bring different vocal styles that work very well all together and as solos and duos. Your music selection kept the evening interesting, and I loved your pianist. I marveled both at all of your talents and at your altruism. I was inspired and moved--and entertained! Thank you so much for the gifts that all of you shared with us on Saturday evening.” ~ Julie Fenton, Foundation 65, Evanston, IL
"Hilary Ann Feldman and her group created an experience that showed what magnificent voices, creative writing and storytelling can achieve. It was a Sunday afternoon at the Copernicus center, and we were transported to a venue that could have been a jazz club at midnight. Hilary is a talent that I have watched for some years and each time marvel at her connection with the audience, as she looks into each of our eyes and tells us a story she knows from her own significant experiences. Her voice is so beautiful and touching that you feel you know her as a dear old friend." ~Janet Rhines, Audience Member
“I was privileged to enjoy your recent performance at the Ecology Center in Evanston for a Foundation 65 Benefit. I thoroughly enjoyed your show and loved every part of it. Of course I got to thinking how great you would be for the non-profit organization with which I am affiliated: The Family Room, also in Evanston. How can I proceed in finding out when you might be available?” ~ Janet Winslow, The Family Room, Evanston, IL
“A lot of people don't really know the cabaret art form, so many of our guests didn't have clear expectations for what they would experience when they reserved tickets. However, once they experienced the amazing vocal and story-telling talents of [these performers], our guests were very clear about wanting to see more!” ~ Marlena Ascher, Northwest Arts Connection
"The event was successful in many ways, and Acts Of Kindness Cabaret deserves a lot of credit. Hilary Feldman was great to work with. She handled a lot of the logistical issues... allowing the chamber to focus on selling tickets. As for the vent itself, the chamber received nothing but positive feedback -- funny, entertaining, with great music." ~ Brian Nadig, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce
“We were looking for a unique addition to our gala this year and Acts Of Kindness Cabaret fit the bill. They provided guests with a fun and entertaining show that centered around storytelling, and how each person’s unique stories shape and impact their lives.” ~ Anne Marie Mathis, Keeping Families Covered