Virtual Gala 2021

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

Last year, 4,500 households tuned in from around the globe for Merit School of Music’s 2020 Gala. This May, Merit’s annual fundraiser returns to a computer, mobile device, or TV near you for our 2nd Annual Virtual Gala.

Everyone is welcome, so save your suits and dresses for another day and join us from your couch for an unforgettable evening celebrating the unstoppable power of music.

FEATURING

Gala Honoree: Sir Andrew Davis

Special performances by Merit students

Stories of the unstoppable power of music

Inspiring words from Merit leaders

For more information, contact Rina Tsang at rtsang@pjhchicago.com.

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.

Revisit Merit’s 2020 Virtual Gala while you wait!

HONORING

sir andrew davis

SIR ANDREW DAVIS

Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts

THANK YOU TO OUR GALA SPONSORS

PLATINUM

Richard and Helen Thomas and 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
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
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
J. Thomas Hurvis and Ann Andersen
Anne L. Kaplan
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Nina G. Stillman
Susie Pfaelzer Sultan and John Sultan
U.S. Bank
West Loop Dot Gallery

 

CONCERTMASTER

Duffie A. Adelson
Julie and Roger Baskes
CAM Comm
Cambridge Audio
Huan J. Chang and Robert R. Stauffer
ComEd
The Gies Foundation
Anne and William Goldstein
Thomas and Janet Leopold
Heidi Lukas and Charles Grode
Jennifer and Reg Montague
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Shelley Ochab and Chester Gougis
Jenner & Block
Doris Roskin
Smart Family Foundation of Illinois
Liz Stiffel
Donna and Tom Stone
T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management

Merit School of Music deeply appreciates the individuals and organizations who celebrate the accomplishments of our honoree, Sir Andrew Davis, music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago, and support 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 a variety of online/electronic media during most, if not all, relevant pre-event promotional communications. These include e-invitations, e-blasts, recognition on Merit’s 2021 Virtual Gala Event webpage, and in the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report.

Contact Meredith Barber at 312-267-4461 or via email for more information and to reserve your level of support.

 

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE | $50,000

  • Premier recognition of your support in the Gala event communications

EMERALD SOCIETY | $40,000

  • Priority recognition of your support in the Gala event communications

STERLING SOCIETY | $25,000

  • Prime recognition of your support in the Gala event communications

VIRTUOSO | $10,000

  • Preferred recognition of your support in the Gala event communications

CONCERTMASTER | $5,000

  • Recognition of your support in the Gala event communications

ALLEGRO | $2,500

  • Recognition of your support the night of the Gala and in post-event communications

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