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Gala 2022

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 @ 6PM CST
Four Seasons Chicago

120 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60611

Join Merit School of Music for an unforgettable evening benefitting equality and excellence in music education.

After two years of celebrating virtually from locations across the globe, Merit’s Gala 2022 triumphantly returns to the Four Seasons Chicago. Honoring Lori Julian and William Blair for their contributions to the arts and jam-packed with performances, the event is a can’t-miss for Chicago music lovers.

FEATURING

+ Special performances by Merit students

+ Stories of the unstoppable power of music

+ Inspiring words from changemakers in music education

For more information, contact Meredith Barber at [email protected].

MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC

transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Merit enables motivated students, regardless of economic circumstance, to develop their talent and to use music as a springboard for achieving their full personal potential, with nearly 70 percent of students benefitting from need-based financial aid and low-cost instrument rental.

Relive last year’s Virtual Gala 2021!

HONORING

LORI JULIAN

Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts

WILLIAM BLAIR

Corporate Leadership Award

MERIT GALA SPONSORSHIPS

Merit School of Music deeply appreciates the individuals and organizations who celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees, Lori Julian, philanthropist and music lover, and William Blair, both supporters of the nationally-renowned programming at Merit School of Music.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, benefactors will receive special acknowledgment of their support in the Gala invitation, a listing on Merit’s Gala webpage, and in Merit’s annual report.

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE | $50,000

Premier recognition of your support in the Gala event materials

MAESTRO | $40,000

Priority recognition of your support in the Gala event materials

VIRTUOSO | $25,000

Prime recognition of your support in the Gala event materials

CONCERTMASTER | $10,000

Preferred recognition of your support in the Gala event materials

PRESTO | $5,000

Recognition of your support in the Gala event materials

ALLEGRO | $2,500

Recognition of your support in the Gala event materials

PLATINUM

Richard and Helen Thomas & Family

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis
Caroline and Charlie Huebner
The Negaunee Foundation
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan

EMERALD SOCIETY

Anonymous
Ryan and Amy DeVore
& William Blair
Parents & Families of Merit Students
Earl Rusnak, Jr. and Sandra Rusnak

STERLING SOCIETY

Anonymous
Julie and Dan Baumeister
Ginny and Peter Foreman
Joe and Madeleine Glossberg
Kenneth C. Griffin
Janice L. Honigberg
Judy and Verne Istock
ITW
Julian Family Foundation
The Knowles Foundation
Thomas and Janet Leopold
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Thomas Linguanti and Olivia Tyrrell
& Julie Stapel and David Kalat
David Thomas
Zell Family Foundation

VIRTUOSO

Abbott
Michael Andrews and Ryan Ruskin
Anonymous in Honor of Sir Andrew Davis
Clean Law PC
Sasha Gerritson and Eugene Jarvis
Tom Hurvis and Ann Andersen
Anne L. Kaplan
NIPSCO
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Lorna and Ellard L. Pfaelzer, Jr.
Nina G. Stillman
Susie Pfaelzer Sultan and John Sultan
U.S. Bank
West Loop Dot Gallery

CONCERTMASTER

Duffie A. Adelson
BakerMcKenzie LLP
Julie and Roger Baskes
BMO Harris Bank
CAM Comm
Cambridge Audio
Huan J. Chang and Robert R. Stauffer
ComEd, an Exelon Company
The Gies Foundation
Ellen and Paul Gignilliat
Anne and William Goldstein
Peter Gotsch and Jana French
Jenner & Block
Heidi Lukas and Charles Grode
Jim and Kay Mabie
Jennifer and Reg Montague
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Shelley Ochab and Chester Gougis
PwC
Abiman Rajadurai and Joanna Bartold
Doris Roskin
Ann and Ray Rusnak
Smart Family Foundation of Illinois
Liz Stiffel
Donna and Tom Stone
T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management
Sheri and Sherwin Zuckerman

ALLEGRO

Meredith Barber and Tom Fitzsimmons
James A. Erwin
Foley & Lardner LLP
Jason and Caitlin Gatchell
Debra Kerr and Steven Thompson
Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett
Marisela and JK Lawson
Shure Incorporated
Edward S. Weil Jr. Family Donor Trust

ADAGIO

Anonymous (2)
Aria Group Architects
Gerhard and Kathy Bette
Jayson Bronchetti/Lincoln Financial
Nick Bubnovich
Dean L. and Rosemarie Buntrock Foundation
Leslie and John Burns
Tim Calkins and Carol Saltoun
Craft Mechanical
Lois and Steve Eisen
Varda and Joel Goldman
Heather Haukness and David Bentrem
Robert and Sara Leopold
PJH & Associates, Inc.
Michael and Diane Richard
Ruthie and Rich Ryan
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Susie and Sam Tenenbaum
Penny and John Van Horn

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