Gala Overview

Gala Quick Facts

When: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 6:00pm
Where: The Fairmont Chicago, 200 North Columbus in downtown Chicago
Chairs: Kathy Bette, Kay Mabie, and Pam Strobel - Gala Co-chairs
Marc Firestone, Kraft Food - Corporate Chairman
Dushkin Honorees: Steve Robinson and Bill McGlaughlin
Corporate Maestro Award: Abbott
Millennium Awardees: Betsey Puth and Barbara Schmitt
Media and Raffle Sponsors: 98.7WFMT & American Airlines
More Info: call 847.905.1500, ext. 141

About the Gala

The MIC Gala is a yearly event that raises critical scholarship support in order to ensure that the Music Institute's exceptional music education and arts therapy are accessible to a diverse student body. Each year, the Gala honors an individual or individuals who have had a profound impact on music education with the Dushkin Award, established in memory of the Music Institute’s founder David and Dorothy Dushkin.

Dushkin Honorees

Bill McGlaughlin and Steve Robinson his year Music Institute of Chicago is privileged to honor WFMT’s Steve Robinson and Bill McGlaughlin as Dushkin honorees of the 2008 MIC Gala. Their leadership in engaging audiences with classical music through the program Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin makes classical music accessible and fun for over 600,000 listeners a week. This groundbreaking series is heard weeknights at 7:00 pm on 98.7 WFMT, and is carried on 49 radio stations across the country.

Details & Costs

Tables of ten are available at sponsorship levels of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000. Individual tickets are $500. WFMT is the media sponsor for the 2008 gala and American Airlines is the raffle sponsor and official airline of the Music Institute of Chicago. American Airlines has generously provided six pairs of tickets to the fabulous destinations of Shanghai, London, Brussels, Hawaii, St. Thomas, and Buenos Aires. Raffle tickets are $75 each, 3 for $200, 8 for $500, and 18 for $1000.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 847.905.1500, ext. 141.

Corporate Maestro Award

Abott logo This year MICís Corporate Maestro Award honors Abbott, for their philanthropic leadership in support of Chicago’s cultural organizations.


American Airlines and WFMT LogosWe would like to thank our media sponsor 98.7 WFMT and our raffle sponsor, American Airlines for helping to make the 2008 Gala a success by their generous contributions.