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Thanks to donors’ support, Porchlight Music Theatre’s 2016–2017 season was spectacular! All four shows—In The Heights, Marry Me a Little, and the Chicago premieres of End of the Rainbow and The Scottsboro Boys met with critical acclaim. Audiences loved the Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway shows as well.

The season opener In The Heights soared—attracting record attendance, meriting four extensions that resulted in an all-time high of 78 performances, and generating a record number of subscriptions.

Most importantly, this hit musical raised the company’s profile and provided the capacity and fiscal stability to make the big move to a new performance venue, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

Loyal donors and supporters have made our every move possible—from tiny storefronts to a studio theatre at the Athenaeum to the 148-seat theaters at Stage 773; from non-Equity to Equity status; from a desk in a board member’s office to a space with office, rehearsal, storage, and scenic build facilities. Now, as we make this momentous move to Chicago’s Gold Coast as an Artist In-Residence at the renovated Ruth Page Center, we need donors’ help EVEN MORE.

Making this big move requires additional investment and support. As we near the end of our fiscal year, we need help to close the gap between ticket sales (they provide 50% of revenue) and actual production costs. Our summer appeal seeks $60,000 from individual donors. Confident in the excellence of our work, we ask you to make a special gift to help underwrite this next season and this ambitious phase of Porchlight’s development as Chicago’s home for music theatre.

Thanks to your continued generosity, we are “moving on up” as we present our main stage season and Porchlight Revisits at the Ruth Page Center.

To learn more about specific “naming rights” opportunities for Porchlight at the Ruth Page Center, click here.

Help Us Make the Move!
(ABOVE: Eric Lewis, Katherine Thomas, Candace C. Edwards and Donica Lynn in “Dreamgirls.” Photo by Brandon Dahlquist)


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


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.


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.

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For more information, please contact Don Sprague, Development Director, at or 773.777.9884.

Individual Giving


  • 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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Support the Award-Winning Work of Porchlight Music Theatre

As the home 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.



  • 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 7,000+ followers and tweets to 2,000+ Twitter followers
  • Invitation to one rehearsal during each production to see the creative process in action


  • 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 7,000+ followers and tweets to 2,000+ Twitter followers
  • Invitation to one rehearsal during the production to see the creative process in action



  • 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: 20,000+ annually)
  • Six complimentary tickets to the production
  • Porchlight website recognition


  • 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



  • 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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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 home for music theatre 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.

If you have included Porchlight Music Theatre in your estate plans, please download The Bequest Notification form and send us a copy (4200 W. Diversey Ave. Chicago, IL 60639).

Bequest Notification Form

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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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 July 10, 2017.

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Foundation/Corporate/Government Support


Family Foundation Support

The Ann Berzel/Patrick Henry Arts Fund

Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation

James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation

The Michael and Mona Heath Fund

Sol R. Kaufman Family Foundation

The Susan Klingenstein Fund

Daniel and Genevieve Ratner Foundation

Greg and Anne Taubeneck Family Foundation at the Chicago Community Trust

The Vitale Family Foundation

Visionary – $10,000+

Elaine Cohen & Arlen Rubin
James Jensen
George K. Sargent III
Greg & Anne Taubeneck Family Foundation at the Chicago Community Trust

Producer – $5,000–$9,999

Anonymous (2)
Timothy & Jacqueline Bryant
Ruth Kaufman/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
Bob & Emily Carroll
Joyce Chelberg
Keith & Barbara Clayton
Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation
Michelle & Steven Cucchiaro
Tony Gibson & Tom Perry
Bil Ingraham & Brad McCormick
The Susan Klingenstein Fund
Don Nolan
Daniel and Genevieve Ratner Foundation
Jay & Tamara Sims
Brian Troy

Player – $1,000–$2,499

John Belom
Brenda Didier & Mike Seiler
William Gilmer & John Blackburn
John & Lauren Gleason
The Michael and Mona Heath Fund
Cheri Lawrence
Patrick & Laura Lederer
Bill Melamed & Jamey Lundblad
David New
James & Diane Sheehan
Sara Siegall & Taron Tachman
Barbara LaSpesa & Seymour Zitomersky
Ron & Judie Zoromski

Associate – $500–$999

Anonymous (2)
Dan & Mary Boote
John Chang
Cheryl Coons
Arthur Cunningham
Ellen & Jim Dalton
Brian Donlan & Todd Arp
Donald Flayton
Lucinda Fox
John Gustafson
Allen Gustin & Bryan Anderson
Arnie & Nina Harris
Diane Graham Henry & Tom Hall
Brian Hickie
Brent Hoffman
Steve & Cindi Johnson
Charles & Fran Licht
Todd Litten
Joan Lovell
Jeannie Lukow
Jim & Andrea Maremont
David Marker & Georgann Joseph
Karin Mullins
Muriel & Dennis Olenik
Allen & Marya Shechtman
Leslie & Walter Schmid
Jeff & Liz Sharp
Donald Sprague & Ray Grant
Scott & Anne Springer
L. Walter Stearns & Eugene Dizon
Carl & Karen Tisone
Ed Tracy & Denise McGowan Tracy
John Tully
Richard B. Turner
Michael Weber
Marco & Joan Weiss
James & Margaret Zagel

Patron – $250–$499

Lisa Bierly & William Reulbach
Richard Boyum & Louie Chula
John & Eileen Breslin
Alan Briskin & Blair Hoffman
Kevin Celano
Gerald & Donna Cody
Magdalyn Cohn
Karen Coleman
Laura de Frise and Steven Rugo
Major George F Dempsey
Leonora Dickson & Joseph Quartana
Suzy DiSanto
Michael Elkow Jr.
James Finger
Kent & Janet Foutty
Judith Freeman
Barbara Gaines
Patrick Garot
Bill & Sarah Good
Anthony & Susan Grosch
Marc Harshbarger & Michael Pauken
Martin & Lois Hauselman
Brent Hoffmann
Mark Hudson & Russell Johnson
Jeffrey Jung & Lisa Winger
The Kalousdian-Lawrence Family Fund
Louis Kersten
Craig & Joanne Leslie
Karen & Bob Lewis
Jerome Loew
Walter & Arlene Mikol
Lee & Barbara Mitchell
Stella Moore
Bill Morey & Chris Tisone
Donna Morgan & Brad Lyerla
Margery Nieder
Elizabeth & David Noll
Eamon & Maryanne O’Dowd
Debbie & George Osterhut
Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Perkaus, Jr.
Rhoda Reeling
Donna Rodriguez
Anthony Salas & Dave Hoemann
Julie & William Sargent
Johnnie Schleyer
Don & Betsy Schmitt
Stanley & Sandra Sklar
Richard & Madeline Terrett
Brad Thien & Kenn McLaughlin
Marilyn Fatt Vitale
Paul & Lynne Wellen
Mary Alice Wheeler
Rebekah & Frank Zhao
Lisa & Mark Zumbach

Supporter – $100–$249

Anonymous (2)
Judith Abelson
Jennifer Aguilar
James Annable
Jane Atlas
Barbara Baer
Deb Bakal
Stephanie Banta
Anne Barr & Marv Rudman
Lynn Barr
Marlene Barzuly
Dale Benson
Richard Brannegan
Lawrence Broutman
Julie Brown
Rona & Ralph Brown
Inara Bundza
Debbie & Joe Casey
Cynthia Cheski
Gerald Cholewa
Constance Clark
Michael & Sandra Cohen
Jennifer Conrick
Joseph & Julianne Daly
Maureen Daw, PhD
Wynne Delacoma & Steve Nidetz
Silvino da Silva
Louise Dieterle
Dana Dobosz
Kristen Dolce
Robert Drinan & Mitchell Brown
Deanna Dunagan
Madeline Fern
Elliot Fineman
Peter & Sharon Flanagan-Hyde
Cardi Fleck
Rhona & Julian Frazin
Judith Friedman
Andrew & Amy Funk
William J. & Maureen S. Gallagher Charitable Fund
David Germaine
Charles & Alison Giglio
Joseph Glaser
Barbara Glatt
David Goldberg
Megan Goldish
William Gordon & Marissa Malacara
John Green
Steven & Suzanne Green
Tom Guerra
John Harris
Katherine Harris
Tom Hartman
Marlene Hersh
Betty Hill
Alan & Karen Hoffman
Ron Hopkins & Sue Tinnish
Mark Hudson & Russell Johnson
Jill Hurwitz & Harvey Popolow
James Huttenhower & Phillip Tommey
Michael Isaacs
Jean Jans
James Juliano
Mark David Kaplan & Michael Camp
Steve & Lori Kaufman
Jim & Laurie Keenan
Wayne Koepke
Kelly Larson & David Ast
Patricia Latkin
Dr. Paul Lisnek
Larry Little & Timothy O`Connell
Larry Long
John Maravilla & Robert Valente
Lawrence & Sylvia Margolies
William Marowitz
Barry & Mary Ellen Masek
Richard & Marilyn Maxen
Jerry McCann & Patricia Sprang
Miriam Merrill
Andrea Miller
David & Carole Perlman
Karen Muth
Charlotte Newfeld
Mila Novak
Joan Novick
Kevin & Robin O’Brien
Edward & Rebecca O`Connell
James & Ellen O`Connor
Tamara Schiller & Charles Hoffman
Whitney & Brad Parsons
Patricia Penn
David & Carole Perlman
Tom & Laurie Pfiffner
Joan Piowaty
Angela & Charlie Platt
Barbara Provus & Fred Wackerle
Vicki Quade
Alex Rhyan
Enid Rieser
Mary Rooney
Robin Roy
Lynda Savage
Tamara Schiller & Charles Hoffman
Jack & Judi Schindler
Ruth & Mark Schlossberg
Rosemary Schnell
Stephen Schroeder
James Schufreider
Craig & Rosalind Schwartz
Kim Shambrook
Bruce & Sarane Siewerth
Burt Skolnik
Jeffrey Slutsky & John Spitzig
Joel Solomon
Josh & Kristin Spraggins
Dariel Stack
Noreen Stack Leroy RIP & Guy Leroy
Joanne Steenveld
Judy Swanson
Kay Tabin
Lauren Taslitz
Bruce & Jan Tranen
Jan Tynan
Adam Vales
Thom Van Ermen & Christa Buck
Dana & Larry Vance
Mary Vicars
Gregory & Susan Viti
Bonnie Vozar
Roger & Judith Wallenstein
Barbara Weiner
Nan Weiss-Ham & Eldon Ham
Sari Wiaz
Susan Wilner
Marion Wolf
Lance Wolfe
Nancy Woodruff & Mark Lancaster
Patricia Wozny
Dianne Yauch RIP
Susan Youdovin

Friend – $1–$99

Steve & Jil Adamczyk
Edelma Aguilera
Frank Alschuler
Lou Aquila
Casey Audrain
Francis & Mona Barth
Mary & Tom Bauer
David Beall
Carolin Belden
Frankie Leo Bennett
Joan Berman
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 Corbin
Alan Daniels
Fran Davidson
Betty Dayron
Yolanda Deen
Joseph Donnelly
Judith Duesenberg
Michael Dugard
Maxine Durst
Michelle Engleman
Carmelo Esterrich
William Fishman
Eric Fors
Rilindo Foster
Larry & Eileen Frederick
Freddi Friedman
Linda Garrison
Pauline Gekas
Tom & Mary Gibbons
Kimberly Gleeson
Alvin Goldfarb
Adam Gooch
Bob & Mardee Gramen
Mary & Tom Gramins
Jeffrey Grob
Jason Groh
Glenn Grzonka
Kathleen Gruszesky
Carole Gutter
Mary Pat Hay
Roberta Heiman
Linda Hellstedt
Doris Henschel
Mark Heyrman & Linda Levine
Richard Higginbotham
Robert Holliday
Lydia Hosek
Bonnie Hutchinson
Andrea Idelman
James Jacobson
Carol Jaffe
Barbra Josephson
Joel Kay
Karen Kitover
William Kirchmeyer
Jennifer Kohnke
Peter Kuhl
Susan Littau
Bjorg Luppino
Allan Maier
Margaret Kenney McRaith
Jerry Meites
Dominic & Nancy Missimi
Carol Mitchel
Vivian Mitchel
Madeline Moon
Dana & Joe Mroczek
Larry & Margie Mroczek
Alison Nelson
Dean Nicastro
Ronald & Susan Nick
Sharyl Noeh
Patricia Nugent
Kevin & Robin O`Brien
Nolan Padgett
Jeffrey Parker & Lynn Baber
Susan & Pat Pastin
Daniel Reich
Stuart Ross
Therese Schreiner
Joel Shapiro
Cheryl Sheridan
Harold Sherman
Mr. & Mrs. D.J. Shinkle
Susan Simon
John & Margaret Snow
Larry & Margaret Sondler
Ivette Sosias
Barry Stern
Susan Stodolsky
Harvey & Roberta Teitelbaum
Susan Tjarksen
Rosemary Vallarta
Theodore & Michelle Waltmire
Joan Warady
Karen Wernette
Ann Whitney
Hal & Benna Wilde
Brian Wilson
Hollie Yanaga
Robert Zeller
Susan Zerafa

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

Gifts were made in honor of:
Michelle Cucchiaro
Brenda Didier
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
Dianne Parks Yauch