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Operation North Pole

Operation North Pole (ONP) is a Chicago nonprofit volunteer-based children’s charity that annually hosts a holiday fantasy trip to the North Pole for families who have a child battling a life threatening/terminal illness. As a volunteer-based organization, ONP relies on donations and fundraising to operate. For the past 5 years, a number of Chicago’s most well-known chefs have hosted a gourmet food tasting event and raised a majority of the money needed for ONP.

ONP had to postpone its flagship 2020 holiday event due to the pandemic and also had to forgo its 2021 fundraising tasting event as COVID continued to ravage the country. Just like the parents of a child battling a potentially terminal illness, many of their chef-owners, brave each day not knowing if their doors will remain open for another day or two.

During the pandemic, we produced a free 12-hour live streaming telethon, called “Let’s Get Cookin”, featuring twenty-four Chicago area chefs who demonstrated their talents for viewers to see. It was a supersized cooking show to learn secret recipes and give back at the same time. All the net proceeds went to benefit the chefs/restaurants who have been so generous to ONP. Here are a few of their stories that we produced with the ARRI Alexa Mini:


May Street Catering

LeBouchon

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Webcast Event For Chicago Non Profit

Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in Hennepin
Chicago-based Non Profit, The Wetlands Initiative, contacted Delack Media Group with a unique challenge. In conjunction with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service & the Lt. Governor of Illinois’ office, they planned to make a very historic announcement about an area of land in Hennepin, IL known as the Sue & Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.
Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in Hennepin, Illinois

The 2,700 acre area was being designated as a “Ramsar Site”, which is one of only 34 in the U.S. These sites are known internationally as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

In addition to the live announcement at the Hennepin, IL site, a similar announcement was being made at the Dickson Mounds Museum. The plan was to have both sites presenting speakers and simulcasting those speeches via our internet feed. We displayed live video from some of the Dickson Mounds Museum speakers and displayed it on a 60″ LCD screen for those attending the Hennepin, IL event to see.
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Part of the challenge with this webcast was the remote nature of the event.
Waterfowl Refuge in Hennepin Illinois Webcast
The site had no electrical power (we brought in a generator for power) and it also had very limited cellular coverage. We spent many hours of pre-production on the phone planning for this webcast, calling local cellular providers who serviced the remote area. Several weeks before the actual event, we did a site survey and determined the best wireless cellular provider for the event by testing various services.
Chicago Live Webcast Video Service in Putnam County of Hennepin, IL
After the webcast, we also edited portions of the presentation and delivered video files to the local television news stations for inclusion in their evening newscasts.
Chicago live video webcasting service in Putnam County Illinois

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