October 20, 2021


$350 for single tickets, $500 for VIP Meet & Greet

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce that actor, singer, dancer Chita Rivera will be honored with The ICON Award and Rick & Deann Bayless and the Bayless Family Foundation will be presented with the Luminary Award at the 2021 ICONS Gala celebrating 26 years of Porchlight as the center for music theatre in Chicago, Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie. The ICONS Gala, chaired by Bill Kurtis & Donna LaPietra, begins at 5:30 PM and includes:

  • A Cocktail Reception
  • Three-Course Dinner
  • The Presentation of both Awards
  • An on-stage Conversation with Ms. Rivera
  • Musical Performances Saluting Ms. Rivera’s Incredible Career
  • Live Auction

Single tickets will be available for $350. The VIP meet and greet tickets will be available for $500 per ticket and includes an exclusive cocktail reception with Ms. Rivera in attendance.

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Sponsorships are available for $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 by contacting Carmen Gonzalez at 773.777.9884 ext. 3. Proceeds from the ICONS Gala benefit Porchlight’s artistic and youth education programs. The ICONS Gala returns to an in-person event from Porchlight Music Theatre’s successful virtual gala, PorchlightPalooza, in August 2020. The evening will be filled with unforgettable moments from a live interview with Ms. Rivera, the presentation of the Luminary Award to Rick & Deann Bayless and the Bayless Family Foundation, a paddle raiser and musical and dance salutes from Rivera’s storied career performed by Porchlight and Chicago’s impressive roster of talents, directed by Artistic Director Michael Weber

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“To say we are looking forward to the ICONS Gala is an understatement. We have missed these live events and to have our honorees Chita Rivera and the Bayless Family with us, in-person, makes the evening even more memorable.” said Executive Director Jeannie Lukow. “We are so excited for attendees to join us in celebrating the work of our legendary honorees as we gear up for Porchlight’s new season.” The ICONS Gala is Porchlight’s annual signature benefit and includes the presentation of the ICON Award that honors an individual who has forever changed the landscape of American music theatre. The Luminary Award is bestowed annually at the ICONS Gala.

This honor recognizes an outstanding individual, family or family foundation with a history of philanthropic and volunteer leadership on behalf of Porchlight and music theatre in Chicago, and whose generosity inspires others to philanthropic action. The Baylesses will join past honorees Jim Jensen, Jean Klingenstein and Elaine Cohen and Arlen D. Rubin.