Su and I decid­ed it was high time we used our skills for good for the hol­i­day sea­son, and the most obvi­ous place to start was our friends Katie and Rob Augustyn, who run KT’s Kids.

the char­i­ty began while Katie was pulling shifts at Su’s favorite trash rock bar, Liar’s Club, while she got her cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for phys­i­cal ther­a­py. (Katie works with severe­ly dis­abled kids from Chicago’s poor­est neigh­bor­hoods.) Things kin­da came to a head when one of her chair-bound patients showed up with­out gloves, and hav­ing rolled up a wet Chica­go street in the mid­dle of Decem­ber. She got pissed, forced all her reg­u­lars to give her ten bucks, bought the kid a pair of water­proof gloves, and a char­i­ty was born. every year, there’s a huge par­ty at Liar’s with a show fea­tur­ing mem­ber sof Stiff Lit­tle Fin­gers, Dum­my, Local H, a bunch of bur­lesque per­form­ers, and booooooooooze.

Katie’s now in her tenth year doing this, and the charity’s giv­en $75,000 in cash and gifts since the begin­ning. Katie wants to ampli­fy her mes­sage, and so Su and I made her an iden­ti­ty pack­age, com­mu­ni­ca­tions mate­ri­als, a site, social media chan­nels, mail­ing lists, and so on. The hope is that we can make this so big that Katie can actu­al­ly get the char­i­ty to be self-sus­tain­ing ina cou­ple of years.

so. Chica­go, I love you, but you’re a mean bitch. this is what I’m doing to fix you.