Five years ago Anna DeShawn, Founder/CEO of E3 Radio decided to celebrate her 30th birthday by starting an annual benefit to help support her favorite nonprofits. Over the years E3 Radio has given over $5,000 to various organizations in the Chicagoland area. These organizations include Affinity Community Services, the Church within a Church Movement, Project Fierce, the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, & A Long Walk Home.

The Purple Tie Affair is special because we showcase musical artists, drag performers and one of kind silent auction items. Everyone arrives in purple representing their version of fly so we can party with a purpose.

This year we are pleased to announce that the proceeds will go to our first benefactors Affinity & CWACM. Our first year was a success but we didn’t gift these organizations as much as we would have liked. Now that we have grown we’ve decided to reach back and give to these great organizations again.

When you arrive at the Purple Tie be ready to purchase some amazing pieces of art, buy some raffle ticktets, and enjoy great entertainment.

Everyone (over 21) are welcome and Sidetrack is wheelchair accessible!

More about Affinity Community Services

Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ community of Chicago with a particular focus on Black women.

We envision a society where being your authentic self is not a liability and differences are fully embraced.

Learn more about them at

More about the Church Within a Church Movement

The Church Within A Church Movement is being proactive in re-visioning the inclusive church beyond denominational boundaries.

We learn from each other and with each other by creating a shared space of mutual accountability and responsibility.

The Church Within A Church Movement digs deep to understand our core values of faith, justice and community.

The opportunity is before us to love neighbor as self. Let’s break out of the church box, acting with the guiding winds of the Holy Spirit, and do a new thing.

Learn more about them at


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