Kerfuffle!

About Kerfuffle!

ChiArts’ spring gala and presentation, Kerfuffle!, welcomes supporters, arts partners and civic leaders to a celebration of ChiArts’ past and future to raise funds in support of ChiArts’ conservatory programs. Student artists and performers display their talents throughout the evening through open studios, poetry stations, pop-up performances, and an opening feature on stage. The event includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner buffet, and opportunities to explore various performance exhibits throughout the venue. Funds raised through Kerfuffle! are integral to continuing our tuition-free arts program, which serves over 600 students from all of Chicago’s 50 wards. ChiArts’ arts conservatories are wholly supported by individual, corporate, and foundation donations;, therefore, Kerfuffle! remains a vital component of ChiArts’ fundraising efforts.

KERFUFFLE [KER-FUHF-UHL]

1. (NOUN): A COMMOTION OR FUSS
2. (TRANS VERB) TO PUT INTO DISORDER OR DISARRAY; RUFFLE OR DISARRANGE
SYNONYMS: BROUHAHA, HOOPLA, OUTBURST, RUCKUS[FROM SCOTTISH CURFUFFLE, CARFUFFLE, FROM SCOTTISH GAELIC CAR (TWIST, TURN) + FUFFLE (TO DISARRANGE)]

THIS EVENING IS A KERFUFFLE OF DANCE, CREATIVE WRITING, MUSIC, THEATRE, AND VISUAL ARTS FEATURING THE SCHOLAR-ARTISTS OF THE CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS.

Kerfuffle! 2017: We came. We conquered. We Kerfuffled.

On April 27, Kerfuffle! 2017 was held at the Chicago History Museum. With a sold-out crowd, we surpassed our fundraising goal and made Kerfuffle! 2017 the greatest commotion of creativity yet! For questions regarding Kerfuffle! 2017 fundraising efforts or if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for 2018, please contact Jessica Ramirez Welton, Director of Development, at jwelton@chiarts.org or 773-534-9729.

We thank our Kerfuffle! 2017 sponsors

Presenting – $50,000

 

Top Performing – $25,000

 

Best Supporting – $10,000

Lew, Steven, and Caralynn Collens
Elissa Efroymson and Adnaan Hamid
Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis
John Hart and Carol Prins
Hart Family Foundation

Jim and Kay Mabie


The Prentice Family Fund
Pam and Russ Strobel

Neal Zucker and Marko Iglendza

Producers – $5,000


Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly
William and Anne Goldstein
Leah Gordon*
Marilynn and Ronald Grais
Jack and Sandra Guthman
Mirja and Ted Haffner
Betsy and Arthur Holden
Alan and Lisa Jagiello
The Jayaraman Family
Anne Kaplan
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Sylvia Neal and Dan Fischel
Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
Jon and Lisa Seda

Stars – $2,500

Julie and Roger Baskes
Stephanie and Barry Batson*
Lois and Steve Eisen
Sondra Berman Epstein
Joo and Stephen Boe
Eleanor P. Brenner, in honor of Carol Prins and John Hart
Deloitte LLP
Lori Gray Faversham
Gensler
Adam and Denise Hoeflich
Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett
Susan Lichtenstein, John Rokacz, Karen Zelden, and Ralph Senst
John Shea
Lisa Simmons and John Street*
Chester Wilson, Jr. and Chad Pilkins*

Media Sponsor

Event Partner

*ChiArts parents