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Join us to celebrate the kickoff to Charlie Newell’s 25th anniversary season with Court and Angel Ysaguirre’s arrival as Executive Director.

You’ll also be in the audience for a spectacular musical performance from The Gospel at Colonus (Court’s “sixth production” of the season), and have the opportunity to bid on exclusive experiences and travel destinations (including London and Umbria) through the silent auction.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
The Geraghty
2520 S. Hoyne Ave.

Directions: From I-55 South, exit at Damen Ave. and make a right. Next make a left onto Blue Island Ave. Then make a left at Hoyne Ave. and arrive at The Geraghty.

6pm Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:30pm Dinner and performance from The Gospel at Colonus

Honoring:
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Jon Nemeth, Kenwood Academy High School

Honorary Gala Chairs
Robert J. Zimmer, University of Chicago President, and Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer

Gala Co-Chairs
Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma
Kate Collins

TABLES

Premier Sponsorship – $25,000 Table

  • Your premier level gift of $23,500 provides 7 times the support!
  • Priority seating in front of the stage

Producer Sponsorship – $15,000 Table

  • Your support provides almost 4 times as many funds to fulfill Court’s mission ($13,500 gift)
  • Priority seating near the stage

Director Sponsorship – $10,000 Table

  • Double your gift and you provide 2.5 times the impact with $8,500 directly supporting Court
  • Priority seating

Backer Sponsorship – $5,000 Table

  • $3,500 of your gift supports Court’s artistic initiatives and education programs
  • Invitation listing

Young Professionals Tables $1,500

  • 10 seats for individuals 40 years old and under

TICKETS

Ensemble Sponsorship – $2,000

  • 2 seats at the Gala
  • Make almost 5 times the impact with $1,700 directly supporting Court

Cast Sponsorship – $500

  • 1 seat at the Gala
  • $350 of your ticket purchase supports Court’s artistic Initiatives

Young Professionals Tickets $150

  • 1 seat for an individual 40 years old and under

 UNDERWRITING

Banquet Dinner: $50,000 (5 spots at $10,000 each)
Audio Visual: $30,000 (3 spots at $10,000 each)
Cocktail Reception: $20,000 (4 spots at $5,000 each)
Dinner Wines: $8,000
Mobile Bidding: $5,000
Program: $3,500
Musicians: $3,000
Décor: $2,500
Photography: $2,000
Greeters: $1,500

Host Committee
Joan and Shel Beugen
Joan and Warwick Coppleson
Stephen and Cindy Cruise
Sean and Molly Durkin
Joan and Bob Feitler
Virginia and Gary Gerst
Bruce and Nancy Halbeck
Joan W. Harris
Kevin J. Hochberg and James R. McDaniel
Dana Levinson and James Noonan
Karen and Bob Lewis
Sarah R. Marmor
Joan E. Neal and David Weisbach
Steve and Linda Patton
Joan and Jim Shapiro
David J. and Marilyn F. Vitale

SPONSORS

PREMIER
Virginia and Gary Gerst

PRODUCER
Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma
Dontrey Britt-Hart and Brett J. Hart

DIRECTOR
Allstate Insurance Company
Barbara and Richard Franke
Thomas L. and Margaret M. Kittle-Kamp
Christopher McGowan and Sandy Wang

BACKER
Joan and Shel Beugen
Jackie and Tim Bryant
Joan and Warwick Coppleson
Stephen and Cindy Cruise
Sean and Molly Durkin
Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark
Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross
Kevin J. Hochberg and James R. McDaniel
Irving Harris Foundation, Joan W. Harris
Dana Levinson and James Noonan
Karen and Bob Lewis
Sarah R. Marmor
Joan E. Neal and David Weisbach
Steve and Linda Patton
Joan and Jim Shapiro
Lawrence E. Strickling and Sydney L. Hans
Sam and Suzie Tinaglia
UChicago Arts
University of Chicago, Office of Civic Engagement
University of Chicago, Office of the President
David J. and Marilyn F. Vitale
Peggy Zagel and The Honorable James Zagel

ENSEMBLE
Mary Anton and Paul Barron
Judith Barnard and Michael Fain
Catie Bell and Robert Weiglein
Keith Crow and Elizabeth Parker Craig and Janet Duchossois
Mary and Paul Finnegan
John and Stacy Hildy
Charles Newell and Kate Collins
Anne and Barry Sabloff

CAST
William D. and Diane S. Anderson
Roberta Evans
Scott Falk
James and Deborah Franczek
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Jack and Sandra Guthman, in honor of Marilyn Vitale
David Hiller
Gary and Sharon Kovener
Linda Landrum and Robert Gertner
Michael Lowenthal and Amy Osler
Karen and Joe Marino
Walter and Shirley Massey
Ms. Maryhelen Matijevic
Cathy and Howard Niden
Nancy and Tom Patterson
John and Margaret Saphir
Susan H. and Robert E. Shapiro
Jon and Julie Walner, in honor of Karen J. Lewis

Designers
David K. and Jane L. Barclay, in honor of Dana Levinson
Janet and Foster Dale, in honor of Karen J. Lewis
Amy Kovler, in honor of Nancy Halbeck
George and Terry Saunders, in honor of Neil Ross
Priscilla Yee

How can you support the 2019 Gala?

  • Donate an item or package to silent auction or raffle
  • Purchase a Gala table or tickets
  • Underwrite a Gala expense
  • Make a straight donation

The 2019 Gala promises to be an extraordinary evening showcasing the best of Court Theatre—we hope to have your support in making it a success! Proceeds from the 2019 Gala support Court Theatre’s artistic initiatives and education programs. Make your contribution today!

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To purchase tables, tickets, or make a contribution, please fill out this form or, contact Qiana Moore-Nightengale | (773) 834-5293 | Email

The Gala is a fundraising event, and a portion of the cost to purchase a ticket/table is not tax deductible. While Court Theatre welcomes contributions from a Donor Advised Fund or private foundation in general support of the event, please note that a Gala ticket/table cannot be purchased with funds from these sources if you plan to attend. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor or your fund’s sponsoring organization to clarify how these rules apply to you.