​​​​TLR Gives Back Foundation

TLR Gives Back Foundation is a 501c3 Not-Profit (in progress) was started back in 2011 with a mission to help the low income students in our community advance and further their education no matter what they wanted to study. Basically no real direction, however we knew we wanted to Give Back into our community one way or the other. 

With the passing of my grandmother Mrs Cleora Thomas Harris in 2013, whom suffered from both dementia and alzheimer, my mission has been to help raise awareness on how music is related to both Alzheimer ‘s and dementia diseases. Thinking back on how music help ease both tension and relaxed her when she was placed in uncomfortable situations. To that end, my love for her and music, my goal is to help keep music alive in our schools to help further educate student in music.  

Mission and goal is to help keep music alive in our schools and hearts. 

Music has power – especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  It can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.  

Did you know that the average cost for a comprehensive K-12 music education program is only about $187 per student? If it’s so cost-effective, why are the music programs the first to be cut when funds are low? A study, funded by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), shows that it’s fairly economical to keep music in schools as long as the funding is balanced.

We support our foundation and its mission, by hosting fundraisers throughout the year and through donations from community businesses and residents via product/clothing/monetary. 

For the past few years, TLR Gives Back Foundation have hosted Annual Back to School Fundraisers "Fashion Shows" then donated a portion of the proceeds and boxes of school supplies to "The Peoples Resource Center" in Wheaton. 

Since then, we’ve decided to do something a little different. We decided to have a "$20.00 BLUE BAG Fundraiser" with all the clothing donations throughout the year then donate the profits to the winning schools music department. 

How did it work? For every bag purchased, shoppers would simply drop their favorite school's name in the bucket. At the end of the day, we tally up the names and announced the winning school. All DuPage County School's Music Department was eligible to win. Grades K - College.

2017 Fashion and Music has collided.

TLR Gives Back Foundation has decided to host a series of sidewalk sales throughout the year of all the items that have been donated. 100% of all profits will be donated in the following manner: misc items and $10.00 bag purchases go towards scholarships and $20 bag purchase go towards schools music departments.

2017 Bi-weekly Fundraisers:            

                                                 July: 8th and 27th 

                                                 August: 5th and 19th 

                                                 September: 2nd, 16th and 30th

                                                 October: 14th and 28th

                                                 November:  11th and 25th (Small Business Saturday)

                                                 December: 9th and 23rd 

TLR Gives Back Foundation has decided to kick it Ole' School.......We are back to hosting Fashion Shows infused with music. On Saturday, August 26th, 2017 we will host our first collision by infusing everyday people as fashion models w/ music talents of all ages. We will host a series of auditions for both models and music talent. The selected music talent(s) will have the opportunity to to win a funds for their favorite schools music department. 

2017 Audition Schedule

Fashion Models

Models     Ages 8 - 70   no experience or size requirements

Mother / Daughter Combos  No experience, age or size requirements


Audition Dates:   July 22nd, July 29th and August 5th (1st Models group meeting)

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am all 3 days

Place: The Ladies Room, 410 S. Main St. Lombard, IL 60148

What to bring: 1 headshot (doesn't have to be a professional one), a pair of heels,
​a parent if you are under 18 and a smile.

2 Ways to tryout:

1. Call to schedule your interview for any of the above 3 dates, 630.615.0640   or

2. E-mail photos (head and full body shots - non professional are accepted) and a brief description of who you are and your volunteerism experience.

Must have photos and resumes no later than August 1st, 2017. If you are accepted, you will receive a models package. Please review all dates to ensure you are available for when needed.

Please contact us here with any questions.

Music Talent

So, you Think You have Talent! Come tryout for the TLR Gives Back Music Challenge and win a chance to play at our 2017 Back to School Fashion Show. You can earn money for your schools music department and a chance to win the "Cleora Thomas Harris" Scholarship from TLR Gives Back Foundation. 

We are looking for music talents of all ages. 

Solos or Groups 

All instruments are accepted included voices. 

Tryout dates: August 5th and Aug 12th, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Place: The Ladies Room, 410 S. Main St. Lombard, IL 60148

Please schedule your audition and or direct all questions here: 

Fashion Designers - Jr. High, High School and College

Do you have dreams of seeing garments you've made walk the runway or dream about styling your own fashion show? Come see us at The Ladies Room, we are in search of people that are looking to show off their talents during our upcoming fashion show(s). 

                                                          7th Annual TLR Gives Back Back to School Fundraiser August 26, 2017

Please contact us here:



Every great foundation has a strong backbone with the support of it's community people and surrounding businesses. We are looking for your help to support our mission and vision. With your support, together we can help keep music alive in our schools. 

You can help with monetary donations, dropping off school supplies between July 24th - August 26th, raffle prizes, and or your time on event day(s).

Please mail monetary donations to: TLR Gives Back Foundation, 410 S. Main St. Lombard, IL 60148

or contact us here:


You may request an application here for the TLR Gives Back Foundation "Cleora Thomas Harris Music & Arts Scholarship". 

Groups or individuals are welcome.

Upcoming events:

TLR GIVES Back 7th Annual Back to School Fundraiser "Fashion and Music Infusion Shows"

Date:            August 26th, 2017
Time:           11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Place:          The Ladies Room Consignment Boutique
                     410 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148                                                                                     2017 Sponsors 

In search of 2017 models, vendors and sponsors.

Event Description:            We are going to Infuse Fashion w Music on the Runway.

Fashion Show line-up for the day: Details to follow as we go......stay tuned.

11:00 am            Ages: 8 - 12                                                  Fashions and Music Talent(s)       TBA

1:00 pm             Ages: 13 - 21                                                 Fashions and Music Talent(s)       TBA

3:00 pm             All ages                                                         Fashions by Designers of all ages and Music Talent(s)     TBA

5:00 pm             All ages Mother/Daughter Segment              Fashions and Music Talent(s)        TBA

Tea and cookies w white gloves

7:00 pm             Ages: 21 and older                                        Fashions and Music Talent(s)       TBA

Wine and cheese tasting - Glam evening

Performance by Jennifer Smith Professional Flutist and Music Educator, www.chicagoflutist.com