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We are thankful to all of you who joined us and contributed to PorchlightPalooza, our three-night 25th Anniversary online fundraising event. It was an exciting and new undertaking for us and we can share that it was a success! Your continued support ensures the future of Porchlight Music Theatre as Chicago’s home for music theatre!

We would especially like to thank our 25th Anniversary co-chairs Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis and Deann and Rick Bayless and our 25th Anniversary Committee (listed below) for their leadership, creativity, encouragement and unwavering excitement during the creation and the debut of PorchlightPalooza.

You can still experience all of PorchlightPalooza at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org/Palooza, or on our YouTube channel.


Porchlight Music Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Committee

Rick & Deann Bayless, Co-Chairs

Donna LaPietra & Bill Kurtis, Co-Chairs

Lanie Bayless & Kevin Sullivan
Scott Bobek
Joyce Chelberg
Susan Cohn
Mary Kay Conley
Cheryl Cooke
Brian Donlan & Todd Arp
Sondra Epstein
Rhona Frazin (Board Liaison)
Yusef Garcia
Brenda & Jim Grusecki
Francia Harrington & Vern Broders
Joe Higgins
Mark Hudson & Russell Johnson
Jared Kaplan & Maridee Quanbeck
Ruth Kaufman
Jean Klingenstein
Whitney Laskey
Alan Matsumura & Laura Erikson
Corinne & Bill McClintic
Katina Panagopoulos
Rhoda Reeling
Elaine Cohen & Arlen D. Rubin
Denise McGowan Tracy
Richard Turner
Diane & Chris Whatton


Please find our list of donors below, as of 9/3 at 12:00pm

Frances Aaron

Deb and Tom Abrahamson

Jen Aguilar

Diane Aidem

Lane Alexander

Beth Althage

Lynn Altschul

Pamela Sherrod Anderson

Michael Anderson

Karen Anderson

Paul Anderson

Sal Anzalone

Richard Aronson

Sue August

Beth Awerkamp

Neal Bader

Larry Baker

Nancy Balcer

Susann Ball

Martin Balogh

Robert Banker

Catherine Barbaro

Judy Bard

Carolyn Bartman

Christy Beckmann

Robin Bell

David Bell

John Belom

Robert Holliday and Cathy Benton

Sharon and Hal Bergen

Beth Bergmann

Beckie Menzie and Irwin Berkowitz

Helene Berlin

Linda Bierre

William Gilmer and John Blackburn

Virginia and Norman Bobins

Robert Bonace

Susan Drymalski Bowey

Wencke Johanne Braathen

Pete Brace

Richard Brannegan

Catherine Brokenshire

Teresa Brolley

Kimberly Bruna

Jackie and Tim Bryant

Allen Burke

Catherine Norman-Burke

Nancy Burkett

Janet Burroway

Christine Buvinger

Lesley Caisman

Joan Callahan

Rachel Cantzler and Drew Grein

Bob and Emily Carroll

Holly Carter

Lesli Cason

Celeste Center

Valerie Chase

Joyce Chelberg

Emily Chen

Susan Chennell

Gerald Cholewa and Ronald Klimek

Mitchell A Chuich

Andre Chwee

Cynthia Clarey

Anne Clark

Sandra and Michael Cohen

Iris Cohen

Jeffrey and Tara Cohn

Hunter Collins

Gregory Colombe

Rachel Combs

August Compton

Mary Kay Conley

Cheryl Coons

Jan Costenbader

Pamela Crutchfield

Michelle and Steve Cucchiaro

Kathy Cunningham

Joan Curto

Cody Czymr

Ellen and Jim Dalton

Julie Danis and Paul Donahue

Yolanda Deen

Barbara Devinki

Lee Dickson and Joe Quartana

Brenda Didier and Mike Seiler

Richard Divinki

Patty and Robert Dixon

Julie Danis and Paul Donahue

Brian Donlan and Todd Arp

Nehama Dresner and Marty Marty Hauselman

Carolyn Driscoll

Deanna Dunagan

Molly Durkin

Lynn Dykstra

Jeremy Eden

Irene Elkin

Janice English

Sondra Epstein

Laura Erickson and Alan Matsumura

Robert Fabbri

Paula Fagel

Judith Barnard and Michael Fain

Kenneth Feldbein

Evan Fineout

David Fink

Sunny Fischer

Eleanor FitzGerald

Eileen Flaherty

Thea Flaum and Robert A. Hill

Beth Fleckenstein

Sally Fletcher

Tricia Fox

Miriam Frankel

Rhona and Julian Frazin

Kelly Freeman

Julie Fricke

Fred Friedman

Marica Fritz

Annie Fuller

Nancy Garfien

Arthur Garwin

Joan Gayle

Dan Georgevich

Virginia and C. Gary Gerst

Robert Glaze

John Glover

Bill and Ethel Gofen

David Goldberg

Michael Goldstein

June Golin

Stacy Gonzalez

Suzanne Gordon

Leon Gottlieb

Iris and Martin Gradman

Bob and Mardee Gramen

Deb Granite

Paula Grasso

Regina Gray

Cynthia Greenburg

Dana Greenstein

Andrew Grein

Jane and Bob Grover

Rick Grubbs

James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation

Scott Gryder

Gail Guggenheim

Joan and Guy Gunzberg

Bryan Anderson and Allen Gustin

Susan Haimes

Julie Hamos and Alan Greiman

William Bergfalk and Roland Hansen

Michael Pauken and Marc Harshbarger

Susan and Jeffrey Hebble

Eva Heinemann

Deborah and Rob Heinrich

Diane Graham-Henry and Tom Hall

Wesley Hentges

Ricki Herling

Jack Herman

Scott Hoesman and Joe Higgins

Betsy Sargent Hill

Jermaine Hill

Sherry Hoel

Thomas Hoeppner

Alan Briskin and Blair Hoffman

Susan Robertson and Brent Hoffman

Michael Horvich

Edward Howe

Meghan Hoyt

Mark D. Hudson and Russell N. Johnson

John Hudson

Andrea Idelman

Carol Jaffe

Susan Janick

Martha Jantho

James Jensen

Dixie Johnson

Mark D. Hudson and Russell N. Johnson

David Marker and Georgann Joseph

Anonymous

Suzi Kaitz

Thomas & Esta Kallen

Michael Camp and Mark David Kaplan

Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck

Ronald Keaton

Sheila Keeshin

Scott Kellner

Robert Kennedy

Michele Killebrew

Sherry Kirschenbaum

Jean Klingenstein

Susan Klingenstein

Karen Kmetik

Donna Kolacki

Rachel Kraft and Douglas Brown

G. L. Kramer

Diane and Chuck Laff

Mindy Laff

William Larkin

Sarah Lawsky

Kathy Leech

Mary Legere

Merril Prager and John Levine

Stephen Lewis

Mike Liska

Dr. Paul Lisnek ++

Susan Litoff

Larry Little and Tim O’Connell

Doug Long

Joan Lovell

Dianne Luhmann

Corinne Lyon

Carol Mackoff

Richard Malone

Tami Manton

Marguerite Mariama

David Marker and Georgann Joseph

Jeffrey Marks

AnnaRae Martin

Anonymous

Fernando Martinez and Quincy Bissic

Mara Martini

Mary Marvel

Rick Marzec

Corinne McClintic

Bil Ingraham and Brad McCormick

Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith / Hearty Boys

Great Lakes Milk Products, Inc.

Matthew Merkt

Anne Meyer

Suzanne Meyering

Theodore Michalke

Mary Milroy

Carolyn Minutillo

Carol Mitchel

Cindy Mitchell

Jeffrey Mono

Bill Morey

Barbara Morganstern

Patricia Motto

Cheryl Mugleston

Steve and Karen Multer

Shibani Minshi

Anna Musci

Katherine Nathan

Katherine Nardin

Fran Nayowitz

Duane Nelsen

Brooke and Tom Nelson

David New

Ronald and Susan Nick

Stephen Nidetz

George Nikopolitis

Gwen Nodiff

Robin and Kevin O’Brien

Deborah Oberschelp

Janet Ohlhausen

Kait Ostrov

Ivette Sosias and Clarence Parham

Sue Pastin

Patrick Pazdernik

Phyllis Perkins

Laurie Perkins

David and Carole Perlman

Tony Gibson and Tom Perry

Kim Pinski

Dee Pinski

Khaki Pixley

Joyce Porter

Andra Press

Marilyn Price

Karen Prieur

Jerry Proffit

Barbara Provus and Fred Wackerle

Elizabeth Ragan

Melaney Reed

Rhoda Reeling

Edward and Leah Reicin

Anonymous

Roy and Darlene Rhyan

Dave and Vicki Rhyan

Nick Rhyan

Roy and Darlene Rhyan

Cathy and Charles Ripp

Katie Robichaud

Patti Rocks

Carrie Roitstein

Sharon Rosen

Joel and Jeri Rothman

Robin K. Roy

Elaine Cohen and Arlen D. Rubin

Michael Rucci

Lorra Rudman

Jenny Rudnick

Patricia Rusk

Nora Cay Ryan

Noreen Ryan

Lori Ryan

Melanie Sailer

John and Frances Sandford

Lynda Savage

Heddi Schellbach

Annie and Steve Scheyer

Suzy DiSanto and David Schultz

Rosie Schultz

Hedda Schwartz

Tania Sebastian

Jefferey Segal

Bonnie and Ira Sender

Bernard Sendlin

Lawrence Sezer

Kim Shambrook

David Shapiro

Maureen Shea

Becca Sheehan

Jim and Diane Sheehan

James Sherman

Susan Sidell

Sara Siegall and Taron Tachman

Scott Silberstein

Candace Simmons

Robin Simon

Tamara and Jay Sims

Janele Skolinsky

Jeffrey Slutsky and John Spitzig

Estelle Spector

Dariel Stack

Denise Stefan

Nikki and Fredric Stein

Robert Stoll

Gregory Story

Mary Lou and Jeffery Sydel

Kay Tabin

Jonah Takagi

Annice Tatken

Greg and Anne Taubeneck Family Fund at the Chicago Community Foundation

Benjamin Taylor

Dan Thomas

Nancy & Michael Timmers

Lisa Torgerson

Sandra A. Torrielli

Denise McGowan Tracy & Ed Tracy

Anne Trompeter

Brian Troy

Mary Ann Tuerk

Deanne Turim

Richard B. Turner

Donald Turner

Gretchen Upholt

Dana Vance

Scott Vandermyde

Tina and Dennis Vaughn

James Venskus

Kathleen Waldeck

Roger and Judith Wallenstein

Katy Walsh

Gina Wammock

Margaret Wander

Andrew Weaver

Ellen Webber

Scott Wechsler

James and Mary Weidner

Diane Weil

Richard and Diane Weinberg

Lynne and Paul Wellen

Jessica Welton

Christophe Whatton

Beth White

Marlene and Eric Wilson

Bob and Susan Wislow

Iris Witkowsky

Melissa Young

James Youngblut

Roberta Zabel

Joyce Zeldin

Laura and Bruce Zimmerman