Thanks for helping us launch the School of Rock

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Amy Renzulli

What a day we had! The School of Rock has finally arrived. I want to thank the people who helped make this happen. We are pretty sure that well over 500 people came through our building on May 11 to tour the facility, get their rock-and-roll photos taken, and hear some fabulous music by the talented teens from the Chicago School of Rock. Thank you all who helped to make it a truly special day. We have a fantastic, extremely talented team on board and they will become the heart and soul of our school.

I want to call out a few people and I know I will forget someone, so I apologize if I do.

I want to start by thanking two of our village trustees, Ray Johnson and Bob Tucker, whom I have grown to know and respect over the past year. They both provided a tremendous amount of moral support and encouragement. And to be fair, while Bob and Ray were the closest to this project, really everyone on the board whom I encountered was helpful and supportive.

Loretta Daley, thank you for your guidance and for working your magic when I needed you. I know you have a lot on your hands, but your support and positive reinforcement helped me through some low points.

John Schiess, you deserve an award for completing the most architectural drawings for one single business. Thank you, John, for your vision, your professional guidance and your friendship. You too were there for the very long haul and I thank you for hanging in there and helping to create our wonderful space.

And speaking of our wonderful space, Paul Kane, is the world's greatest contractor. Paul and his team transformed the building. And they did it with precision, speed and a great sense
of humor.

Dan Seltzer, I want to adopt you as my brother. You epitomize the term "counselor." I am going to have to work hard and enroll a lot of kids here to work off my debt to you. Thank you for all you have done for us and for keeping us out of trouble. You are more than our lawyer; you are a friend, a confidante, and a creative colleague.

David Kindler is our extremely talented photographer and music lover who took photos all day long with his protege, Alec Rasmussen. He is a fellow marketer and friend and someone who has been there for me this year, both online and in person. Thank you for your continued friendship and support.

Abigail, Bob, and William, thank you for encouraging me, for being my business partners and for being the inspiration to make this happen. My poor friends have endured many tears, rants, ideas, bursts of energy and low points during the last year of running and socializing together. I don't know how they put up with me. I love them dearly.

Lastly, I want to thank our two music directors, Ian Wilson and Jennifer Malone. They have combined experience of 10 years at the SoR in Chicago. Ian is just finishing up a master's program in music management so he is starting soon. Jennifer has been with me since Day One. She was Abigail's voice teacher in Chicago and quit her job there long before we were ready to open. She has been patiently waiting to start again here.

The other night, before we opened, she and I looked around and agreed that we had brought our Pinterest Board, "Rock School Ideas," to life.

Our team, Jennifer, Ian, Adam, Adam, Dennis, Paul, John and Dave are the heart of this school. Thanks for embarking on this journey with me.

Amy Renzulli is the director of the School of Rock in Oak Park.

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