Rockford University is heading down the final stretch!

Rock Solid and Ready: the Campaign for Rockford University is nearly complete. With only months to go, you can help us make a dash for the checkered flag to provide a total of $17.3 million in capital and programmatic advancements that help make our students’ experience exceptional.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, we will host our annual gala, “Ready. Set. Go! A Race to the Finish.”

So, mark the date, gather up your favorite racing team, and take us into victory lane. #RURaceToFinish


Location: Regents Hall, Rockford University, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108

Complimentary Valet Parking & Coat Check

Attire: Evening “Racing” Chic or Cocktail

What is “racing” chic? You can play it safe in your favorite cocktail attire or let everyone see your “inner gear head” style. Helmets or goggles or full body suits . . . or maybe just a dash of color – it’s all up to you.

Tickets $125/person*
50/50 Raffle, $25 each or 5 tickets for $100

*Amounts in excess of $50/person may be considered a tax-deductible contribution.

RSVP By February 9, 2018

Lineup of Events

Pole Position 5:30pm
Social Hour & Silent Auction.
“Tune-up” with savory and satisfying hors d’oeuvres while sipping our race winning cocktails. From the paddock to pit road, you can rev your engines to the great mixed-grooves of DJ DAS.

Start Your Engines 7:00pm
Dinner & Program.
Get the green flag and leave the pace car behind with an entertaining program set against a lively backdrop and a captivating meal. Make sure you save some fuel for our finish-line dessert!

Victory Lap 8:30pm
Dancing & Entertainment.
It’s time to burn some rubber, pop a wheelie, tear up the infield, or throw a rod as we open up the dance floor and blow our collective gaskets. Don’t forget the silent auction packages, and you won’t want to miss the chance to win our 50/50 raffle.

For information about the event, please contact Lauren Prchal, or call 815.394.5190

Sponsors (as of February 9, 2018)

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

Team Danica  $10,000
Thomas ’74 & Rosemary Muldowney
SwedishAmerican Health System, a Division of UW Health

Team Petty  $5,000 
Sponsorship still available 

Team Yarborough  $2,500
Alpine Bank
Elizabeth ’81 & John ’81 Hegel
Illinois Bank & Trust
OSF HealthCare
Ringland Johnson Construction
Staff Management, Inc.

Team Gordon  $1,500
Ceroni Piping
Cottingham & Butler
Dental Dimensions, Dr. Kris Tumilowicz
Forest City Gear
Freeport Industrial Roofing/Duro Last
Dr. Eric & Mrs. Andrea Fulcomer
Thomas ’84 and Patricia Heiser
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Larson & Darby
Rural Oaks Plaza
Scandroli Construction Company
Schmeling Construction Co.
Dr. David ’73 & Barbara ’73 Tanaglia
Thermo Fisher Scientific
UIC College of Medicine at Rockford
Widmer Interiors
WilliamsMcCarthy LLC

Exclusive Sponsorships

  • Hors d’oeuvres Sponsor  $3,500
  • First Toast Sponsor  $3,500

Checkered Flag $500
Jeffry ’98 and Kelly Potter

Also would like to thank
Five Forks

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

50/50 Raffle Tickets

Winner drawn at 9pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Need NOT be present to win.

50/50 Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100

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