Gala 2019

Celebrating 40 Years of Music

Wednesday, May 8 | Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place

6:00 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Dinner

 

Merit School of Music has made music for Chicago since 1979.

So much has changed over the past 40 years – we have grown from two visionary women providing music lessons in borrowed space at Roosevelt University into a nationally accredited music school bringing 3,500+ of Chicago’s most promising student musicians from 145+ zip codes together in the thriving West Loop.

But one BIG thing remains the same: Merit transforms lives through music.

Join us in celebrating 40 years of transforming lives and affirming our commitment to future generations of Chicago youth.

For more information, contact Rina Tsang at 312-553-2000 or via email.

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HONORING: DUFFIE A. ADELSON

The Alice S. Pfaelzer Distinguished Service to the Arts Award

We will honor Merit School of Music Life Trustee Duffie A. Adelson at Gala 2019 for her decades of unparalleled service and dedication to Merit as both a faculty member and the school’s Executive Director, and her commitment to making music and building the lives of thousands of Chicago children. Ms. Adelson’s passion is not limited to Chicago, however. She now leads the National Guild for Community Arts Education as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Duffie A. Adelson is a champion for our children and Chicago’s communities, and it’s a privilege to honor her at Gala 2019. Please join us as we do so.

GALA CO-CHAIRS

glossbergs circle

Madeleine and Joe Glossberg

gottlieb greis circle

Barbara Greis and Howard Gottlieb

istocks circle

Verne and Judy Istock

rusnaks circle

Earl and Sandy Rusnak

SUPPORT GALA 2019

(In formation)

 

Platinum Level

The Thomas Family

 

Leadership Circle

Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis

Judy and Verne Istock

The Negaunee Foundation

 

Emerald Society

Anonymous

Janice L. Honigberg

Earl Rusnak, Jr. and Sandra Rusnak

 

Sterling Society

Abbott

Julie and Daniel Baumeister

The Clinton Family Fund

Madeleine and Joe Glossberg

Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund

Caroline and Charlie Huebner

J. Thomas Hurvis

ITW

Julian Family Foundation

Peggy and Dick Notebaert

Lorna and Ellard Pfaelzer, Jr.

Sirius Fund, Ginny and Peter Foreman

The Steans Family

Nina G. Stillman

Leadership Circle ($50,000)

• Premier table in the ballroom for ten guests at the Gala

• Photo opportunity with Gala honorees

• 40th Anniversary Host Committee recognition on Gala event materials*

 

Emerald Society ($40,000)

• Priority table in the ballroom for ten guests at the Gala

• Photo opportunity with Gala honorees

• 40th Anniversary Host Committee recognition on Gala event materials*

 

Sterling Society ($25,000)

• Prime table in the ballroom for ten guests at the Gala

• 40th Anniversary Host Committee recognition on Gala event materials*

 

Virtuoso ($10,000)

• Preferred table in the ballroom for ten guests at the Gala

• Preferred recognition on Gala event materials*

 

Concertmaster ($5,000)

• Reserved table in the ballroom for ten guests at the Gala

• Recognition on Gala event materials*

 

To make a pledge, fill out the registration form or contact Alice DuBose at 312-267-4461 or via email.