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Luminarts Gala (Postponed)

A Message to our Gala Supporters:

Thank you so much for your ongoing and steadfast support of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. While we were looking forward to welcoming you to The Gala on April 18th, the event has been postponed due to growing concerns and uncertainty related to COVID-19 and current CDC guidelines. Luminarts’ core values center around supporting the community. It’s those values that guide our response during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

With that said, we look forward to applying all gala support to our fall event and hope you can join us in celebrating at that time. Should you have any questions, please contact Marlena Dzis, Development Director, at or (312) 692-2379.

I hope you and your families stay well in these challenging times.


Jason Kalajainen
Executive Director

Join us for The Gala, Luminarts’ annual spring celebration, on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at the elegant Union League Club of Chicago! This event will feature cocktails, performances by Luminarts Fellows, a sit-down dinner, and ways to support Luminarts’ mission of cultivating the next generation of world-class artists and Chicago’s vibrant arts community.

Kylie A. Krizek, Wintrust Commercial Banking
Matt R. Olaveson and Adam G. Vitale, Luminarts Board of Directors

Mark and Lynne Arizmendi | Peggy Boyer and Reed Parker | Mike and Cheryl Del Campo
Marilyn B. Dresser | Mary and Lionel Go | L. Jessica Jagielnik | Karen and Bob Jones | Myrna W. Kaplan
Gerould and Jewell Kern | Lindsay and Kyle Mackey | John and Carol McKinnon
Dr. Sally Metzler and George Dunea, MD | Emily F. Moreno | Hunt Tackbary and Mackenzie Madsen
Ken Norgan | Chris Taylor | Brian and Robin Velo | Doug Walker | Lucas Wood

Thank you to our 2020 Gala Sponsors!


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
BMO Private Bank
Mary and Lionel Go
Cherilyn G. Murer
Matt R. Olaveson and Adam G. Vitale
Brian and Robin Velo

Pat Gleason and William Blair
Dr. Sally Metzler and George Dunea, MD
William Richards and North Star Family Office
Thompson Coburn LLP