August 21 – 23



Celebrate Porchlight’s 25th Anniversary at

An entertainment-packed, FREE three-episode fundraising festival featuring performances and surprise appearances by your favorite music theatre artists, dreamy raffle prizes and more!

Each night culminates in a virtual program celebrating a different theme, building to the Sunday night interview with Broadway icon Joel Grey and the legendary Bill Kurtis!



Show begins in

Featuring Celebrity Greetings By

Kristin Chenoweth, Raúl Esparza, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Tonya Pinkins, Chita Rivera and more!

Raffle Prizes!

In addition to star-studded interviews, unforgettable performances and original virtual content, don’t miss the PorchlightPalooza raffle with FOUR PRIZES:

  • A private tour for eight of Rick and Deann Bayless’ garden with drinks and snacks
  • A private tour for eight on the 65-acre grounds of Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra’s Mettawa home complete with wine and lunch,
  • A Caribbean vacation with two, round-trip economy airfare tickets and a three-night stay for two in an Ocean View Studio Suite at Rosewood Baha Mar with daily breakfast at Malam Indian Grill Cellar
  • A Chicago Staycation!
Raffle tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 12pm for $50/ticket and $100 for 3 tickets and will be available on the PorchlightPalooza event page.

Premier Sponsors:

Jean Klingenstein

Official Sponsors:

Bayless Family Foundation, Elaine Cohen & Arlen D. Rubin, Michelle & Steve Cucchiaro, Elegant Event Lighting, Sondra Berman Epstein, Rhona & Julian Frazin, Tony Gibson & Tom Perry, William Gilmer & John Blackburn, Great Lakes Milk Products, Inc., Brenda & James Grusecki, Joe Higgins & Scott Hoesman, Jim Jensen, Jonathan D. Klein & Susan E. Cohn, Kurtis Productions, Chuck & Diane Laff, Alan Matsumura & Laura Erickson, Corinne & Bill McClintic, Genevieve & Daniel Ratner Foundation, Ryan and Spaeth, Inc., Brian Troy and Susan & Bob Wislow

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, Elaine Cohen & Arlen D. Rubin, Denise McGowan Tracy, Richard Turner and Diane & Chris Whatton