Gala 2022

We were thrilled to enjoy an unforgettable evening benefitting equal access and excellence in music education on May 18. 

After two years of celebrating virtually from locations across the globe, Merit’s Gala 2022 triumphantly returned to the Four Seasons Chicago. We gathered together as a Merit community, experienced amazing student performances, and honored Lori Julian and William Blair for their contributions to the arts.

 

Experience some of the highlights from Gala 2022!

HONORING

lori julian

LORI JULIAN

Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts

william blair gala

WILLIAM BLAIR

Corporate Leadership Award

GALA CO-CHAIRS

Dora and John Aalbregtse

Judy and Scott McCue

Shelley Ochab and Chester Gougis

THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 GALA SUPPORTERS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Richard and Helen Thomas & Family

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

Ryan and Amy DeVore
& William Blair
Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis
Caroline and Charlie Huebner
Lori Julian for the Julian Family Foundation
The Negaunee Foundation
Zell Family Foundation

MAESTRO

Anonymous
Carol Prins and John Hart
Earl Rusnak, Jr. and Sandra Rusnak

VIRTUOSO

Julie and Dan Baumeister
Ginny and Peter Foreman
Joe and Madeleine Glossberg
Kenneth C. Griffin
Janice L. Honigberg
ITW
Thomas and Janet Leopold
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius,
Thomas Linguanti and Olivia Tyrrell
& Julie Stapel and David Kalat
Lorna and Ellard L. Pfaelzer, Jr.
David Thomas

CONCERTMASTER

Dora and John Aalbregtse
Abbott
Michael Andrews and Ryan Ruskin
Anonymous
BMO Harris Bank
Cedille Records, Patricia Kenney and Gregory O’Leary
Huan J. Chang & Robert R. Stauffer
and Jenner & Block
Clean Law PC
Joan and Robert Feitler
J. Thomas Hurvis and Ann Anderson
Jeffrey Hlavacek
Judy and Verne Istock
Anne L. Kaplan
Judy and Scott McCue
NIPSCO
Shelley Ochab and Chester Gougis
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Ann and Ray Rusnak
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan
Liz Stiffel
Nina G. Stillman
Susie Pfaelzer Sultan and John Sultan
U.S. Bank

PRESTO

Duffie A. Adelson
Julie and Roger Baskes
Bernardi Securities
Leslie and John Burns
CAM Comm
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
Dearborn Capital Partners
Jason and Caitlin Gatchell
Sasha Gerritson and Eugene Jarvis
The Gies Foundation
Anne and William Goldstein
Joyce T. Green
Heidi Lukas and Charles Grode
Jennifer and Reg Montague
PACO Collective
PwC
Abiman Rajadurai and Joanna Bartold
Doris Roskin
T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management
Penny and John Van Horn
Sheri and Sherwin Zuckerman

MEDIA SPONSOR

WDCB Jazz

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