Chicago, IL, May 12, 2018 – The Steppenwolf Theatre Company held its 2018 Gala, celebrating 42 seasons of successful ensemble theatre. The major fundraising event was hosted by Steppenwolf’s board of trustees, with Eric Lefkofsky as the chair, and it had record-breaking attendance, with more than 675 civic, cultural and business leaders. The Gala raised over over $1.3 million for Steppenwolf’s artistic, educational and community programming.
The evening was hosted by actor Rainn Wilson and Chris Rock as the guest auctioneer alongside Robbie Gordy. Curated by Steppenwolf’s artistic director Anna D. Shapiro and the Steppenwolf ensemble, the evening began with a cocktail reception that was followed by a gourmet seated dinner and a welcoming thanks by the Chairman of the board of trustees Eric Lefkofsky and executive director David Schmitz.
The group of Co-Chairs of the 2018 Gala brought a mix of artists and board collaborators to the event. These include Verett Mims, Elliot Stultz, ensemble member Audrey Francis and Chris Froseth, Cathy and ensemble member James Vincent Meredith as well as co-founder Jeff Perry and Linda Lowy.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater, was formed in 1976 by three high school and college friends, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Now encompassing an exceptional combination of actors, directors and playwrights, its impressive repertoire of productions has earned it several accolades including the National Medal of Arts as well as 12 Tony Awards. The theater’s artistic drive is deeply rooted in its founders’ original vision of an artist-driven theater with an appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work.
Steppenwolf is firmly grounded in the Chicago community while several of its original productions are both nationally and internationally renowned. Steppenwolf houses several education initiatives that include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults that engages about 15,000 participants annually from the city’s diverse communities, the School at Steppenwolf as well as professional leadership programs for arts and administration training. The theater’s diverse artistic program is composed of a seven-play season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season, visiting company engagements and LookOut, a multi-genre performance series.
About Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, which is one of Chicago’s top ten health tech startups that focuses on big data analytics as means to advance cancer care. He is also co-founder and chairman of Groupon, co-founder of Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, and a founding partner of Lightbank. He is a trustee of several additional notable Chicago-based organizations including the Lurie Children’s Hospital, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. Together with his wife, Lefkofsky launched the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006 that supports humanitarian groups which are focused on health, human rights, education, the fine arts or performing arts. For more information, visit lefkofsky.com, LinkedIn: ericlefkofsky, Twitter: @lefkofsky or Facebook: @eplefkofsky.