Published on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:06
Chicago multi-media personality Jane Monzures will be hosting the 2nd annual "Live. Love. Life." charity event here in Chicago this weekend. The fashion show, benefiting degenerative brain diseases research, will take place this Saturday night.
Through her many media jobs on Chicago radio and television, Jane Monzures should be a fairly familiar name and face for local residents.
Chicago radio fans will know her from her years at The Loop. From 2004-2007, she worked at WLUP-FM, with the last two years as co-host to Zakk Tyler in the afternoons, where she picked up the nickname "Sweet Baby Jane." She returned to WLUP-FM in 2010 as a frequent fill-in morning news/traffic anchor and co-host to Pete McMurray, taking over that role full-time in October 2011. WLUP-FM made a change in the morning show last month, taking McMurray & Monzures off the air
, but the duo are expected to return to on-air duties
on sister station WIQI-FM at some point this month. She also spent two years at Chicago's WZZN-FM, only she was not heard on the air there.
Monzures has been, and continues to be, all over Chicago television. She can currently be seen hosting "Living Healthy Chicago" on WGN-TV and CLTV. Up until earlier this year, she was a regular segment contributor to WCIU-TV's "You & Me This Morning" (and video blogger to its website), along with appearing on food programs for WMAQ-TV's Chicago Nonstop channel. In the past, she has hosted "Homes Plus" on CLTV and been a correspondent for CLTV's "Metromix."
On top of all that, she was the star of a reality show about her called "America's Plain Jane," she has hosted a French docu-series on champagne called "Behind the Bubbly," announced Chicago Sky home basketball games at the Allstate Arena, and worked in radio and television in Atlanta and Phoenix. Monzures started her own jewelry & fashion line called JEM-Stone Couture, was the interior designer for the Phoenix, AZ restaurant The Cajun House, and a menu consultant for Michael Jordan's Restaurant in Chicago.
Monzures is a native of the south side of Chicago and holds a Bachelor's degree in Fashion from Bradley University.
The ever-busy Monzures' most recent venture was the 2011 creation of Live. Love. Life. (L3), a philanthropy organization that "celebrates individuals striving to do their best and pass along the goodness in their hearts to those around them." Jane Monzures is the founder and Chairman of L3. She has filled the 501C3 nonprofit organization's Board of Directors with a variety of Chicago and national industry leaders and media personalities. Chicago media personalities on L3's Board of Directors include WFLD-TV's Anna Davlantes, WLUP-FM/WIQI-FM's Pete McMurray, and WLUP-FM's Dominic "Zakk Tyler" Zaccagini. Other Board members include (or have included): HGTV host and interior designer Alison Gramenos, Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center President & CEO Dr. Sev Hrywnak, public relations/communication strategist Chris Foltz, and entrepreneur Dean Solver.
Saturday night's "Live. Love. Life." charity event is subtitled "Round 2: Where Grit Meets Glam." It will be fashion meeting philanthropy meeting music meeting boxing and sports. The night will have four rounds of American style runway fashion -- from "high fashion" to "street fashion" -- along with four rounds of boxing. Reminding those in attendance to get back up no matter how many times they are are knocked down, L3's 2012 charity event hopes to inspire Chicago's fashion-forward crowd with "knockout" performances. Also performing that night will be the Hooked On Sonics band, a cheer-leading team, and aerial, ballet and swing dancers.
"Live. Love. Life -- Round 2: Where Grit Meets Glam" will take place Saturday, August 18th from 8:00pm until around Midnight at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street, Chicago). General admission tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at this link HERE
This event helps fill a necessary void by raising funds for the research of diseases like Corticobasal syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Proceeds from the night will go to support rare degenerative brain disease research, led by Dr. Jane Wu, MD, PhD, Charles Louis Mix Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in collaboration with Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Last summer's inaugural L3 event
raised funds for Share Your Soles, a non-profit foundation that helps to to put shoes on the feet of children and adults in the most impoverished areas of the world.
In a statement, Jane Monzures said: "The response L3 has received from the Chicago community is truly incredible. I am so humbled to be behind a charity that has more and more sponsors jumping on board every day. This year's event is going to make a huge impact, and I am very thankful to our sponsors for allowing us to do so."