Merit School of Music

2024年晚會

Save the Date!

Gala 2025

Friday, April 25, 2025 · Four Seasons Chicago

Honoring Emanuel Ax

Thank you to all who joined for unforgettable evening benefiting equal access and excellence in music education at Gala 2024. 

We hope you join us next year as we gather together as a Merit community, experience amazing student performances, and honor our special guest, 伊曼紐爾·阿克斯, for his contributions to the arts.

Students from the Merit Brass Ensemble performing on stage at Merit Gala 2023.

Gala 2024 Honored

埃拉德 (布奇) L. Pfaelzer, Jr.

和托馬斯(湯姆)M.利奧波德

Alice S. Pfaelzer 傑出藝術服務獎

摩根劉易斯

企業領導獎

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Ellard (Butch) L. Pfaelzer, Jr.​ & Thomas (Tom) M. Leopold

Alice S. Pfaelzer 傑出藝術服務獎

We are thrilled to honor Ellard (Butch) L. Pfaelzer and Thomas (Tom) Leopold with the 2024 Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts. This esteemed award, named after Butch’s late wife and co-founder of Merit School of Music, Alice S. Pfaelzer, recognizes their outstanding contributions and unwavering commitment to the arts. This dynamic duo is often together on the golf course, in the board room, and everywhere in between!

Butch is tremendously proud to have been a part of the birth of Merit in 1979. A leader in the meat industry, Butch spent many years with the Bruss Company, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO, and served as Chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. He first joined Merit’s Board
in 2005 and now serves as a Life Trustee. In addition to his dedication to Merit, Butch’s philanthropy has impacted many through his support of charitable organizations such as the Jewish Vocational Service, Highland Park Hospital, and the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. Butch is
a proud graduate of Amherst College and veteran of the U.S. Army’s Quartermaster Corps.

Tom learned about Merit from his friend, Butch, and in 2012 he joined the Board of Trustees. Born and raised in Highland Park, IL, Tom served in the United States Army stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He then built an impressive career working at the former Continental Bank in Chicago which later became Bank of America. Tom calls upon his skills of persuasion that he honed so well in his career to raise generous funding for Merit every year. At one point, he volunteered so extensively at Merit that he even had his own cubicle in the administrative offices!

We are grateful to Butch and Tom for their many years of support and dedication to Merit School of Music and were thrilled to recognize them at Gala 2024.

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摩根劉易斯

企業領導獎

Morgan Lewis is recognized for exceptional client service, legal innovation, and commitment to its communities. Its global depth reaches across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East with the collaboration of more than 2,200 lawyers and specialists who provide elite legal services across industry sectors for multinational corporations to startups around the world. Led by the values of service, innovation, and talent, the firm has been recognized by the Financial Times for innovations in justice and civil rights in 2023, Law360 and Bloomberg Law for inclusion and diversity efforts in 2022, among many other accolades across the industry.

An extension of this commitment to the community and inclusion is fostering strong partnerships with non-profits, including the Merit School of Music where several Morgan Lewis attorneys are active and steadfast supporters. Partners Tom Linguanti and Julie Stapel currently serve on Merit’s Board of Trustees, associate Tom Severson is a member of the Merit Associate Board, and Merit Life Trustee Nina Stillman is a founding partner (retired) of the firm’s Chicago office. Each has made significant impacts on the culture, history, and success of Merit through their dedicated service to the students and community. We are so truly grateful for their commitment and leadership within the organization.

Merit also has ample first-hand experience in the strength of the partnerships Morgan Lewis seeks to foster with its clients. Offering countless hours of pro bono consultations, the firm has guided Merit through many milestones in its development including helping to review and establish Board By-Laws, governing documents, and expansion to new sites. Their support and expertise ensure that Merit continues to operate at the highest levels so that we may provide excellent music education to so many deserving Chicago youth.

晚宴椅

達菲·阿德爾森、喬和瑪德琳·格洛斯伯格、蘇西·普法爾澤·蘇丹和約翰·蘇丹

贊助和支持水平

2024 年音樂冠軍圈音樂冠軍(正在籌備中)

出席贊助商

理查德和海倫·托馬斯及家人

領導圈

金妮和彼得福爾曼
霍華德·戈特利布和芭芭拉·格雷斯
卡羅琳和查理休布納
摩根·劉易斯、托馬斯·林關蒂和奧利維亞·泰瑞爾、朱莉·斯塔佩爾和大衛·卡拉特
Negaunee 基金會
卡羅爾·普林斯和約翰·哈特
小厄爾·魯斯納克 和桑德拉·魯斯納克

大師

匿名的

演奏家

雅培
朱莉和丹鮑邁斯特
布魯姆家族慈善基金會
瓊和羅伯特·費特勒
喬和瑪德琳·格洛斯伯格
珍妮絲·L·霍尼伯格
朱迪和凡爾納伊斯托克
ITW
朱利安家庭基金會的 Lori Julian
安妮·卡普蘭
托馬斯和珍妮特利奧波德
Lorna 和 Ellard L. Pfaelzer, Jr. 
大衛‧湯瑪斯 (David P. Thomas) 與韋斯納‧拉迪西克 (Vesna Radisic)

首席小提琴手

邁克爾·安德魯斯和瑞安·羅斯金
貝克麥堅時
Huan J. Chang & Robert R. Stauffer 和 Jenner & Block
卡羅爾和約翰·克拉瓦德徹
亞歷珊卓·德默斯和傑夫·赫拉瓦切克
瑞安和艾米·德沃爾
德里克蓋伊博士
馬修·格魯塞茨基和瑪麗內利·格魯塞茨基 & 大衛·A·舒爾茨
約翰和朱莉婭·霍華德
馬裡塞拉和 JK 勞森
羅伯特M.和黛安訴S.徵收
鎳源
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
凱茜和比爾奧斯本
安和雷 Rusnak
Patrick G. 和 Shirley W. Ryan
利茲斯蒂菲爾
尼娜·斯蒂爾曼
Susie Pfaelzer Sultan 和 John Sultan
美國銀行
詹妮弗·維亞內洛和大衛·肖沃爾特
威廉布萊爾
雪莉和舍溫·祖克曼

活力

達菲·A·阿德爾森
迪爾伯恩資本合夥人
傑森和凱特琳·加切爾
海蒂·盧卡斯和查理·格羅德
詹妮弗和雷格蒙塔古
辛西亞·穆法雷和加斯頓·約丹
Nishad 與 Pinkey Parmar – LOUD Capital
阿比曼·拉賈杜賴和喬安娜·巴托爾德
迪亞·威爾

急板

蘇珊和勞倫斯·亞倫
溫妮和鮑勃克勞福德
菲利普·弗里德曼
艾倫和保羅·吉尼利亞特
安妮和威廉戈爾茨坦
安迪·古德溫和莎拉·海爾
哈里斯王
奈瑟家族基金會
Shelley Ochab 和 Chester A. Gougis
安和哈利·奧本海默
T. Rowe Price 私人資產管理公司
伯特和謝莉·羅森伯格
多麗絲·羅斯金
瑪麗蓮·范德和邁克爾·范德
托德·維納和寶拉·雅各比
張安琪、席艾倫

  快板

梅雷迪思·巴伯和湯姆·菲茨西蒙斯
工藝機械
羅伯特·科爾和克拉克·佩萊特
羅伯特和薩拉利奧波德
喬和勞裡·瑞安
梅根和史蒂夫謝比克
唐娜和湯姆·斯通

柔板

多麗和麥克貝克爾
安德魯和肖恩·布洛克
艾米麗和吉姆·博羅夫斯基
蒂姆·卡爾金斯和卡羅爾·薩爾圖恩
格雷格和馬西·卡林
洛伊絲和史蒂夫艾森
斯圖爾特·弗拉克
希瑟·豪克尼斯和大衛·本特倫
塞繆爾·亨利先生和夫人
托比和拉里·霍蘭德
蘭迪·伊博尼先生和夫人
斯科特和米歇爾歐文
黛布拉·克爾和史蒂文·湯普森
麥可和瑪麗·費蘭·拉普
M.詹姆斯和凱西·萊德
派翠西亞·利文斯頓
亨利·勒布
芝加哥社區基金會的洛文塔爾基金
安妮和米奇麥克寧家庭基金
肯和達雷林馬克思
布里特·M·米勒
西爾維亞·尼爾和丹尼爾·菲舍爾
米歇爾·佩西斯和保羅·佩西斯
黛博拉·皮尤和吉姆·夏皮羅
黛博拉·F·魯特
Seyfarth Shaw 律師事務所
金索賓斯基博士和夫人
佩吉·斯沃特柴爾德和小詹姆斯·H·斯沃特柴爾德
克雷格和凱·圖伯
奧黛麗·M·特納,教育學博士
凱倫和艾德·韋爾
莎莉安溫特
莎莉和謝潑德楊

 

在悼念

支持級別

Merit 音樂學院深深感謝那些慶祝我們的獲獎者Ellard (Butch) L. Pfaelzer, Jr. 和Thomas (Tom) M. Leopold 所取得成就的個人和組織,他們是音樂愛好者、青年倡導者和Merit 自成立以來的支持者。成立於1979年。

除了下面列出的機會外,$5,000+ 的捐助者將在 Gala 邀請函、Gala 網頁和 Merit 的年度報告中收到對他們支持的特別感謝。

主辦單位 | $100,000

  • 宴會廳的頂級餐桌可容納 10 位賓客參加晚宴
  • 對您在晚會活動材料中的支持的最高認可

領導圈 | $50,000

  • 宴會廳的頂級餐桌可容納 10 位賓客參加晚宴
  • 對您在晚會活動材料中的支持的首要認可

大師 | $40,000

  • 宴會廳的一張優先桌,供 10 位賓客在晚會上使用
  • 晚會活動物料優先表彰您的支持

演奏家 | $25,000

  • 宴會廳的一張主要桌子,可在晚會上容納 10 位賓客
  • 盛大活動材料中對您支持的首要認可

小提琴手 | $10,000

  • 舞廳內可容納 10 位賓客的首選餐桌
  • 優先認可您在晚會活動材料中的支持

活力 | $7,500

  • 宴會廳為 10 位賓客預留的宴會桌
  • 認可您在晚會活動材料中的支持

Guests at Gala 2024 heard directly from several students, who shared their experience at Merit School of Music and the sense of belonging they feel as part of this community.

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