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History of the Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala

Dominican University’s annual Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala was established in 1981 by Sr. Candida Lund, then president of Rosary College, as the institution was known at the time. For 37 years and counting, the event has brought world-class performing artists to our west suburban campus, showcasing their artistic excellence, while also honoring notable figures in the Chicago arts community with the presentation of the Bravo Award.

Now under the leadership of Dominican University president Donna M. Carroll, the Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala also raises needed scholarship support for Dominican University’s students. Since its inception, the Benefit has raised more than $7 million for the University’s scholarship fund.

Q.  When and where will the 38th Annual Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala take place?

A.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL 60305
5:00 p.m. Concert and Presentation of Bravo Award, Lund Auditorium
Gala Reception and Dinner directly following the Concert

Q.  Is there a dress code?

A. Attire for the evening is Cocktail Attire.

Q.  Where do we park and how much is parking?

A. Parking on campus is free.  Please click here for a campus map.

Q.  What is the anticipated order of events for the evening?

A. 
5:00 p.m. – Concert and Presentation of Bravo Award, Lund Auditorium
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception, Rebecca Crown Library, Lewis Memorial Hall First Floor
7:15 p.m. – Dinner Seating Begins, Social and Dining Halls, Mazzucchelli Hall First Floor
8:30 p.m. – Program, Raffle, Live Auction and Paddle Raise

Q. If I cannot attend the cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., can I still attend the dinner and remainder of the evening?

A.  Absolutely!  We hope our guests are able to enjoy the entire event but understand sometimes a late arrival is necessary.  Volunteers will be stationed to help you find your dinner table as needed.  Please let us know in advance if we can expect a late arrival - email creilly@dom.edu or 708.524.6284.

Q.  How do I notify you of any food allergies for me or my guests prior to the event?

A. Please let us know of any food allergies well in advance of the event so we can work with our caterer to have a meal accommodation for you or your guest.  Please email us at creilly@dom.edu or call 708.524.6284.

Q.  What opportunities will be available to support scholarships at Dominican University on the night of the event?

A. Dominican University offers a raffle with a $5,000.00 grand prize, a Live Auction featuring many fabulous items, and a Paddle Raise, providing our guests the opportunity to support scholarships at Dominican University at many different levels.

Q.  For what purpose does the Trustee Benefit Concert & Gala raise money?

A. The Trustee Benefit Concert & Gala raises needed scholarship support for Dominican University’s students. Since its inception, the Trustee Benefit Concert & Gala has raised more than $7 million for the University’s scholarship fund.

Q.  Will I receive a physical ticket after I have purchased my reservation?

A. No.  Dominican University will have a registration table set up in the Slate Lobby of the Performing Arts Center prior to the start of the concert where concert seat tickets and dinner table assignments can be picked up.  If you arrive during the cocktail reception or after the start of dinner, there will be a registration table set up in Lewis Hall and someone will help you find your table assignment.

Q.  Will there be a coat check?

A. Yes.  A complimentary coat check will be available in the Performing Arts Center.  Coats will then be transferred to Lewis Memorial Hall for guests’ convenience at departure.

Q.  How can I support the event if I cannot attend?

A. If you are unable to attend the Trustee Benefit Concert & Gala, you can still support our organization by donating.  Each donation supports scholarships at Dominican.  A donation at any level is appreciated and makes a difference in the lives of our students. Please click here to make a donation.

Dominican University Mission Statement

As a Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

About Dominican University
  • One of the most affordable universities to make both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists; ranked highly on lists of first-tier master’s level universities in the Midwest for more than a decade, including U.S. News and World Report’s“Great Schools at a Great Price” and “A-Plus Schools for B Students” Dominican University has approximately 3,500 total students, 2,200 of them undergraduates.
  • Dominican University offers 50+ undergraduate academic programs with a 12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio and 5 graduate schools with master’s and a Ph.D. program.
  • Dominican University also offers 20 study abroad programs and has students studying on 4 continents.
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