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THANK YOU so much to all of those who supported OTR's 33rd Annual Celebration Concert featuring Grammy and Tony Award Winner Heather Headley.  Together we celebrated OTR’s mission, residents, staff, board of directors, and continuing future.  Thank you to our supporters, volunteers, staff, our Board of Directors, and our residents.  We also want to extend a special thank you to Nancy Gustafson who pours her heart into Celebration every year as our Artistic Director.  We truly have the best community rallying around us, and we appreciate you all so much.  For more information please click here to visit our Celebration website."

If you click here you can view our Celebration photos and choose the ones you like best. 

About Celebration


Nancy Gustafson, world acclaimed soprano and opera star, organized the first Celebration Benefit Concert in 1989 at Northwestern’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Nancy was inspired when her parents joined OTR’s cause of creating housing for adults with physical disabilities. Nancy’s younger brother, Bob, was born with cerebral palsy and deafness. Although Bob has severe disabilities, he is capable of living independently with the help of accessible, affordable housing designed to meet his needs. Through years of fundraising efforts by a group of dedicated parents, OTR built its first accessible, affordable, and independent apartment community in 1982. Then in 1990, as a young adult, Bob moved into OTR’s second apartment community in Evanston where he continues to live a full life today. Celebration is Over the Rainbow's longest standing fundraising event. This gorgeous concert celebrates Over the Rainbow's residents, mission, board, staff, and continuing future. Celebration has had world class performers such as Patti LuPone, Denyce Graves, Heather Headley, and Mandy Patinkin. In 2019 this sold out show raised over $540,000.00 for Over the Rainbow Association.

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