kerfuffle! 2024 raised over $450,000 to support chiarts

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, Kerfuffle! returned to Morgan Manufacturing to support the Music, Theatre, Dance, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts conservatories at The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). We’re thrilled to share the incredible news of the evening, where our community raised over $450,000 to ensure that arts education remains accessible for Chicago’s next generation of artists!

We want to thank our esteemed co-chairs, Samera Ludwig and Mirja Spooner Haffner, whose unwavering dedication helped bring this event to fruition. Our heartfelt appreciation also goes to our incredible honorees, Carol Prins and John Hart, whose commitment to ChiArts and the cultural landmarks of Chicago inspires us all.

We are deeply grateful to every sponsor, guest, board member, ChiArts faculty member, alum, scholar-artist performer, parent volunteer, and vendor who made this year’s celebration spectacular. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your unwavering dedication and belief in the transformative power of ChiArts! Read more about this year’s event in our digital program.

We are grateful to the many supporters of this year’s event. You can still make a gift today to support our efforts.

Kerfuffle! 2024 graphic with Music scholar-artist singer alongside donation language

Thank you to our kerfuffle! 2024 sponsors


The Jim & Kay Mabie Family


Elissa Hamid Efroymson & Adnaan Hamid
Jim & Karen Frank
Mirja Spooner Haffner
Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller


The Collens Family
Peter Fidler & Kate Grossman
Betsy & Arthur Holden
Klaff Family Foundation
Gary Metzner & Scott Johnson
Sylvia Neil & Dan Fischel
Denis & Martha Pierce
Amisha Rigia & Adam Caplan
Helen Zell

Tom Hurvis & Ann Andersen
Christine & Greg Gallagher
Bill & Anne Goldstein
Goodman Theatre
Marilynn & Ronald Grais
Jack & Sandra Guthman
Robert Kohl & Clark Pellett
Ron Levin
Joseph Patt & Maril Alsup
Audrey Prins & Dr. Joshua Trachtenberg
Lisa Simmons & John Street
Abra & Jim Wilkin Fund

The Driehaus Museum
Lois & Steve Eisen
Susan Feibus & Tom Geoghegan
Helyn Goldenberg & Michael Alper
Matthew & Rebecca Grossman
Hilgers Graben PLLC
Loraine & Steve Kaufman
Sabrina A. King
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Marcena Love
Samera Syeda Ludwig
Pam & John McCambridge
Alice & John Sab