Support Chicago’s Home for Music Theatre!

As Chicago’s leader in music theatre for more than two decades, Porchlight Music Theatre has earned a growing and die-hard audience base, as well as national critical acclaim for its award-winning commitment to this unique American art form.

Porchlight is known for its bold, edgy and up-close music theatre, offering audiences the drama, the song and the dance from Chicago and Broadway’s brightest music theatre talent. We deliver “American Musicals. Chicago Style.”

Through a variety of performance offerings as well as education and appreciation opportunities for youth and adults, Porchlight mission is to celebrate and sustain the music theatre genre. We provide special opportunities for underserved communities, we nurture young artists and new works, and we redefine the classic music theatre genre in our intimate signature style.
(ABOVE: Eric Lewis, Katherine Thomas, Candace C. Edwards and Donica Lynn in “Dreamgirls.” Photo by Brandon Dahlquist)

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INDIVIDUAL GIVING

Explore the ways you can make a direct impact on Porchlight’s work and get many behind-the-scenes perks each season.


PROGRAM & EVENT SPONSORSHIP  

By supporting the work of an established Chicago cultural organization, your company can enjoy special visibility opportunities and VIP services, and expand your brand awareness among a key demographic.


PLANNED GIVING  

By making a gift in your will or estate plans, you can secure the future of Chicago’s home for music theatre.

Your gift to Porchlight will help us as we continue to grow into one of Chicago’s flagship cultural institutions, and cementing our commitment to serve as a center for music theatre – on the stage, in the classroom, and in neighborhoods across Chicago.


For more information, please contact Don Sprague, Development Director, at don@porchlightmusictheatre.org or 773.777.9884.

Individual Giving

YOUR GIFT TO CHICAGO’S HOME FOR MUSIC THEATRE

  • Reimagines well-known musicals, such as In The Heights, Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd, and Ragtime, in an intimate and environmental experience
  • Revives rarely seen musicals, such as Anyone Can Whistle, Mack & Mabel,Applause, and Little Me through Porchlight Revisits: “Lost” Musicals in Stage Concert
  • Introduces new musicals to Chicago audiences, such as A Class Act, Sondheim on Sondheim, Far From Heaven, and The Scottsboro Boys
  • Sustains the quality and innovation that have earned Porchlight dozens of awards and nominations – 47 Jeff Award Nominations and 16 Jeff Awards during the past four years alone, as well the Best Production Jeff for the past four consecutive years
  • Trains the next generation of performers through The School at Porchlight’s summer camps and professional development classes
  • Cultivates the audiences of tomorrow through our Community Outreach Partnership Program that hosts hundreds of underserved students at our productions each year
  • Showcases up-and-coming artists in Chicago music theatre with our New Faces Sing Broadway revue series
  • Nurtures new work through our development program, Off the Porch

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GET IN ON THE ACT!

Support the Award-Winning Work of Porchlight Music Theatre

As the center for music theatre in Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre is nationally recognized for reimagining classic productions, developing new works and showcasing musical theatre’s noted Chicago veterans and rising stars. Porchlight elevates the genre by providing intimate and powerful theatrical experiences of music theatre through the lens of the “Chicago style.” The 23rd season 2017–2018 marks a milestone for Porchlight as the company becomes an Artist In-Residence at the historic Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago’s Gold Coast.
This move expands audiences and raises the company’s profile.

Your partnership with Porchlight provides an affiliation with an established Chicago arts leader and brand that is synonymous with excellence and innovation. We will tailor a package to fit your specific philanthropic and promotional priorities. For individual or family sponsors, we offer you exclusive recognition and involvement with the artists.


MAINSTAGE: THE MAIN EVENTS

SIGNATURE MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION SPONSOR: $25,000

  • Billed above the title as “Executive Producer” for the production
  • Sponsorship credit in the promotional rack card for the production (reach: 5,000)
  • Sponsorship credit on the homepage of the Porchlight website
  • Recognition from the stage in the pre-show curtain announcement
  • Six e-blast mentions during the year (reach: 20,000 each)
  • Spotlight recognition in the show program all season (20,000+ impressions annually)
  • Four complimentary tickets to the production’s Opening Night performance, pre-show cocktail party, and post-show reception
  • Exclusive mentions on Facebook to Porchlight’s 6,500+ followers and tweets to 2,000+ Twitter followers
  • Invitation to one rehearsal during each production to see the creative process in action

PRINCIPAL MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION SPONSOR: $10,000

  • Billed beneath the title as “Associate Producer” for the production
  • Sponsorship credit on the Porchlight website
  • Four e-blast mentions with logo and website link during the year (reach: 20,000 each)
  • Spotlight recognition in the show program all season (20,000+ annually)
  • Two complimentary tickets to the production’s Opening Night performance, pre-show cocktail party, and post-show reception
  • Exclusive mentions on Facebook to Porchlight’s 6,000+ followers and tweets to 2,000+ Twitter followers
  • Invitation to one rehearsal during the production to see the creative process in action

PORCHLIGHT REVISITS: LOST MUSICALS IN STAGED CONCERT

SIGNATURE REVISITS SPONSOR: $10,000

  • Program title page recognition as “Executive Producer” with name placement above the title
  • Recognition from the stage in the pre-show curtain announcement
  • Three e-blast mentions (reach: 20,000+ per e-blast)
  • Support listing in mainstage production programs for the season (reach: 20000+ annually)
  • Six complimentary tickets to the production
  • Porchlight website recognition

REVISITS SPONSOR: $5,000

  • Program title page recognition as “Associate Producer” with name below above the title
  • One e-blast mention (reach: 20,000+ per e-blast)
  • Support listing in mainstage production programs for the season (reach: 20,000+ annually)
  • Four complimentary tickets to the production Porchlight website recognition

NEW FACES SING BROADWAY: NEW TALENTS BELT HITS AND MISSES OF ONE BROADWAY SEASON

NEW FACES SERIES SIGNATURE SPONSOR: $10,000

  • Sponsorship credit on all promotional materials as “Executive Producer”
  • Porchlight website recognition
  • One e-blast mention (reach: 20,000+ per e-blast)
  • Four complimentary tickets
  • Support listing in mainstage production programs for the season (reach: 20,000+ annually)
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PLANNED GIVING

Leave a lasting legacy that helps ensure Porchlight Music Theatre’s future.

An excellent way for you to support Porchlight Music Theatre’s mission and special role as Chicago’s center for music leader is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy and tribute to your generosity.


Types of Bequests

Check out the various ways by which you can make a bequest to Porchlight Music Theatre.

Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Porchlight Music Theatre.

Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 20% of your estate to Porchlight Music Theatre.

Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 25% of the residue of your estate to Porchlight Music Theatre.

Contingent Bequest. A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Porchlight Music Theatre.


Bequest Benefits

A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

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Annual ICONS Gala Brunch Sponsorship Levels

ICONS Signature Sponsor – $10,000
The Signature Sponsor is an exclusive opportunity for one organization or donor to have the distinction of being recognized as the premiere sponsor of the event.

  • Logo placement on the Porchlight website with season-long link to your site
  • Company’s title logo recognition on invitation (deadline: February 15)
  • Three e-blast mentions with logo and website link during the year (reach: 20,000; 60,000 impressions)
  • Logo placement on all event promotional materials and signage
  • Cover page recognition in the event program
  • Introduction with Company representative recognition from the stage
  • Premiere listing in Gala program
  • Six complimentary tickets the ICONS Gala Brunch

ICONS Official Sponsor – $5,000
Benefits for Official Sponsors include:

  • Company’s website linked to Porchlight’s website home page through the season
  • Company logo on all Gala promotion materials, posters, and signage
  • Company’s title logo recognition on invitation (deadline: February 15)
  • Three e-blast mentions with logo and website link during the year (reach: 20,000; 60,000 impressions)
  • Premiere listing in Gala program and thank-you mention from stage at event
  • Two complimentary ICONS Gala tickets

ICONS Partner Sponsor – $1,000
Benefits for Partner Sponsors include:

  • Company logo on all on-site Gala materials and signage (reach: 275)
  • Inclusion in e-blast with your company logo & website link during Spring 2016 (reach: 20,000)
  • Two complimentary ICONS Gala tickets

ICONS Table Sponsor – $1,250
Purchase a table of 10 at ANY TIME before or after the early-bird deadline of April 1st and get the $125pp price (10 tickets must be purchased together on one order).


ICONS In-Kind Sponsors
In-kind sponsors are critical to the success of the event. We regularly seek sponsors for the following items, and offer a variety of promotional recognition depending on the scope of services or items being donated.

  • Wine Sponsor – 4 cases of red, 5 cases of sparkling, and 6 cases of white
  • Printing Sponsor – of invitation and other event materials
  • Floral Sponsor – floral arrangements for the dining tables and the registration/welcome table
  • Swag-Bag Sponsor – provide one or more items for the thank-you gift bag given to each attendee

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HONOR ROLL OF DONORS

Porchlight Music Theatre appreciates the generosity of the individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies whose support covers the 50% of expenses not met by ticket sales. Please find below the honor roll of donors to the current annual fund for fiscal 2017—September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. The roster celebrates those donors who have given as of April 15, 2017.

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Foundation/Corporate/Government Support


Family Foundation Support

Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation

James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation

The Michael and Mona Heath Fund

Sol R. Kaufman Family Foundation

Daniel and Genevieve Ratner Foundation

Greg and Anne Taubeneck Family Foundation at the Chicago Trust


Visionary – $10,000+

Anonymous
Elaine Cohen & Arlen Rubin
James Jensen
George K. Sargent III


Producer – $5,000–$9,999

Anonymous
Timothy & Jacqueline Bryant
Sol R. Kaufman Family Foundation
Jean Klingenstein
Keith Olenik & Jonathan Van Der Kuyl
John Shea


Principal – $2,500–$4,999

Alice Anson & Robert Nadler
Eileen & Stephen Baime
Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation
Don Nolan
Daniel and Genevieve Ratner Foundation
Jay & Tamara Sims
Brian Troy


Player – $1,000–$2,499

Anonymous
John Belom
Bob & Emily Carroll
Michelle & Steven Cucchiaro
Brenda Didier & Mike Seiler
Tony Gibson & Tom Perry
The Michael and Mona Heath Fund
William Ingraham & Brad McCormick
Cheri Lawrence
Patrick & Laura Lederer
James & Diane Sheehan
Sara Siegall & Taron Tachman
Ron & Judie Zoromski


Associate – $500–$999

Anonymous (2)
John Chang
Cheryl Coons
Donald Flayton
Lucinda Fox
William Gilmer & John Blackburn
Arnie & Nina Harris
Diane Graham Henry & Tom Hall
Brian Hickie
Steve & Cindi Johnson
Charles & Fran Licht
Joan Lovell
Jeannie Lukow
Bill Melamed & Jamey Lundblad
Leslie & Walter Schmid
Donald Sprague & Ray Grant
Scott & Anne Springer
L. Walter Stearns & Eugene Dizon
Carl & Karen Tisone
Ed Tracy & Denise McGowan Tracy
John Tully
Michael Weber
James & Margaret Zagel
Seymour Zitomersky & Barbara LaSpesa


Patron – $250–$499

Anonymous
Lisa Bierly & William Reulbach
Dan & Mary Boote
Alan Briskin & Blair Hoffman
Constance Clark
Gerald & Donna Cody
Karen Coleman
Jim & Ellen Dalton
Leonora Dickson & Joseph Quartana
Michael Elkow Jr.
Kent & Janet Foutty
Judith Freeman
Barbara Gaines
Patrick Garot
Brent Hoffmann
Jeffrey Jung & Lisa Winger
The Kalousdian-Lawrence Family Fund
Louis Kersten
The Susan Klingenstein Fund
Craig & Joanne Leslie
Karen & Bob Lewis
Jim & Andrea Marement
Walter & Arlene Mikol
Lee & Barbara Mitchell
Karin Mullins
Elizabeth & David Noll
Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Perkaus, Jr.
Rhoda Reeling
Anthony Salas & Dave Hoemann
Julie & William Sargent
Stanley & Sandra Sklar
Brad Thien & Kenn McLaughlin
Richard B. Turner


Supporter – $100–$249

Anonymous (2)
Judith Abelson
Jennifer Aguilar
James Annable
Barbara Baer
Stephanie Banta
Anne Barr & Marv Rudman
Lawrence Broutman
Julie Brown
Inara Bundza
Debbie & Joe Casey
Magdalyn Cohn
Jennifer Conrick
Joseph & Julianne Daly
Silvino da Silva
Louise Dieterle
Dana Dobosz
Kristen Dolce
Robert Drinan & Mitchell Brown
Deanna Dunagan
Madeline Fern
Peter & Sharon Flanagan-Hyde
Cardi Fleck
Judith Friedman
Marlene Hersh
William J. & Maureen S. Gallagher Charitable Fund
David Germaine
Charles & Alison Giglio
Barbara Glatt
David Goldberg
Megan Goldish
William Gordon & Marissa Malacara
Steven & Suzanne Green
Anthony & Susan Grosch
John Harris
Marlene Hersh
Betty Hill
Mark Hudson & Russell Johnson
Michael Isaacs
Jean Jans
Steve & Lori Kaufman
Jim & Laurie Keenan
Wayne Koepke
Patricia Latkin
Larry Little & Timothy O`Connell
Jerome Loew
Larry Long
John Maravilla & Robert Valente
Lawrence & Sylvia Margolies
Barry & Mary Ellen Masek
Richard & Marilyn Maxen
Jerry McCann & Patricia Sprang
Stella Moore
David & Carole Perlman
Karen Muth
Charlotte Newfeld
Margery Nieder
Mila Novak
Joan Novick
Edward & Rebecca O`Connell
James & Ellen O`Connor
Tamara Schiller & Charles Hoffman
Muriel & Dennis Olenik
Whitney & Brad Parsons
Patricia Penn
David & Carole Perlman
Angela & Charlie Platt
Barbara Provus & Fred Wackerle
Mary Rooney
Robin Roy
Lynda Savage
Mary Vicars
Tamara Schiller & Charles Hoffman
Jack & Judi Schindler
James Schufreider
Bruce & Sarane Siewerth
Burt Skolnik
Jeffrey Slutsky & John Spitzig
Joel Solomon
Josh & Kristin Spraggins
Noreen Stack Leroy (RIP) & Guy Leroy
Joanne Steenveld
Kay Tabin
Lauren Taslitz
Bruce & Jan Tranen
Adam Vales
Dana & Larry Vance
Mary Vicars
Gregory & Susan Viti
Bonnie Vozar
Barbara Weiner
Paul & Lynne Wellen
Marion Wolf
Patricia Wozny
Dianne Yauch


Friend – $1–$99

Steve & Jil Adamczyk
Edelma Aguilera
Frank Alschuler
Casey Audrain
Francis & Mona Barth
Mary & Tom Bauer
David Beall
Carolin Belden
Harriet Bertsche & John Paige
Ralph Block
Marie Bolchazy
Donna Brandwein
Norman & Kathy Bridge
Christa Buck & Thom Van Ermen
Andrea Burns
Linda Calandra
Julie Ann Carroll
Susie Chung
Michael & Sandra Cohen
Micheal Corbin
Alan Daniels
Betty Dayron
Yolanda Deen
Major George F Dempsey
Joseph Donnelly
Judith Duesenberg
Maxine Durst
Michelle Engleman
Rilindo Foster
Larry & Eileen Frederick
Freddi Friedman
Linda Garrison
Pauline Gekas
Tom & Mary Gibbons
Adam Gooch
Mary & Tom Gramins
Jeffrey Grob
Jason Groh
Glenn Grzonka
Tom Hartman
Roberta Heiman
Linda Hellstedt
Mark Heyrman & Linda Levine
Robert Holliday
Lydia Hosek
Bonnie Hutchinson
Andrea Idelman
James Jacobson
Carol Jaffe
Barbra Josephson
Joel Kay
Karen Kitover
Susan Littau
Bjorg Luppino
Allan Maier
Margaret Kenney McRaith
Jerry Meites
Andrea Miller
Meredith Manni Meserow
Carol Mitchel
Vivian Mitchel
Dean Nicastro
Ronald & Susan Nick
Sharyl Noeh
Patricia Nugent
Kevin & Robin O`Brien
Jeffrey Parker & Lynn Baber
Susan & Pat Pastin
Joan Piowaty
Daniel Reich
Enid Rieser
Stuart Ross
Joel Shapiro
Cheryl Sheridan
Harold Sherman
Mr. & Mrs. D.J. Shinkle
John & Margaret Snow
Larry & Margaret Sondler
Barry Stern
Susan Stodolsky
Harvey & Roberta Teitelbaum
Susan Tjarksen
Rosemary Vallarta
Roger & Judith Wallenstein
Theodore & Michelle Waltmire
Joan Warady
Karen Wernette
Ann Whitney
Hal & Benna Wilde
Brian Wilson
Lance Wolfe
Robert Zeller
Mark Zumbach


Gifts were made in honor of:
Michelle Cucchiaro
Paula Cozzi Goedert
Jeannie Lukow
Dana Mroczek
George K. Sargent III
Donald Sprague
Jon Steinhagen
Kristi Zimmermann

Gifts were made in memory of:
Ruth Ann Andrew
Shirley Freeman
Harvey Friedman
Catherine Jans Gavala
Beti Moskowitz
Charlie Nash
Elaine Sowa
Noreen F. Stack Leroy


The following individuals have made gifts to honor Cheryl Coons for her five years of service on the Porchlight Board of Directors:
Cardi Fleck
Joel Kay
Karen Muth
Donald Sprague & Ray Grant
Lauren Taslitz
Theodore & Michelle Waltmire