GALA 2020: Hello? Is This Thing On?

Imagine the Star Wars opening scene without the iconic score playing as you read about a “galaxy far, far away” or The Sound of Music without the sound of music. Quality sound plays a vital role in our enjoyment of all aspects of the performing arts.

Opened in 1970, Maddox Theatre is a fully equipped 572 seat proscenium theatre that is home to a variety of performing arts and public events. As Maddox ages and technologies advance, the theatre must remain relevant to the department, the students and the community. Gala proceeds will provide critical updates to sound quality and production spaces in the Clark Arts Center. Providing high-quality productions, attracting and retaining talented students, and providing our patrons with a stellar guest experience is our focus.

Your support will greatly help us in continuing to provide our students with an exceptional and modern educational experience while also providing for a high-quality entertaining and inexpensive theater experience for our community.  

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, we will host our annual gala, “Hello? Is This Thing On?”


Location: Clark Arts Center, Rockford University, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108

Complimentary Valet Parking – Cheek Theatre entrance

Attire: Casual Cabaret Chic

What is Casual Cabaret Chic?
It’s been said that “life is a cabaret” and this evening is no exception! Pull out your comfortable, your casual, or your classy attire and join us for an entertaining evening. It’s all up to you!

Tickets $125/person*
* Fair market value of each ticket $60.

RSVP By February 5, 2020 

Questions? Please call 815.394.5190 or email

Curtain Call

5:30 p.m. First Act – Loggia of Maddox Theatre
Hor d’oeurves and cash bar
Silent Auction bidding opens in the Gallery

6:30 p.m. Intermezzo– Maddox Theatre
Performance by RU students, Open seating

7:00 p.m. The Main Act– On Stage
Interactive dinner stations featuring delectable dining options

9:00 p.m. The Grand Finale- Lobby
Dessert Buffet & Cash Bar
Bidding in the Gallery closes at 9:30 p.m.

Department Information

Office of Development
Johnson Alumni Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-226-4081
Lauren Prchal, Events and Stewardship Assistant


(as of January 6, 2020)

Learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. Questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Denise Noe, or call 815.394.3756.

$10,000 Crescendo Sponsors

$5,000 Largo Sponsors
Illinois Bank & Trust
Larson & Darby Group
Scandroli Construction Co.

$2,500 Cadenza Sponsors
Mr. Michael & Mrs. Elizabeth Donovan
Dr. Eric & Mrs. Andrea Fulcomer
Mr. John ’81 & Mrs. Elizabeth ’81 Hegel
Mr. Robert Kantner ’79
Stillman Bank

$1,500 Octave Sponsors
Dental Dimensions
   Dr. Kris & Mrs. Patti ’87 Tumilowicz
Mr. L. Thomas ’84 & Mrs. Patti Heiser
Mrs. Helen Hill ’70
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
Ms. Deborah Mogford
Rural Oaks Plaza
Dr. David ’73 & Mrs. Barbara ’73 Tanaglia
Mr. John & Mrs. Janet ’80 Zelenka

We would also like to thank
Five Forks