CYSO is generously supported in part by individuals and the following foundation, corporate and government funders, without whom we could not provide the programming and support that brings CYSO to life.


percentage of CYSO students who receive financial assistance or attend a free program


Dollars given out in the 2019-2020 season to ensure that tuition is never a barrier to participation


of students say CYSO connects them to the community

Foundation, Corporate, Government and Individual Contributions

$50,000 and aboveThe Negaunee Foundation
$25,000 to $49,999 Paul M. Angell Family Foundation The Crown Family
Dr. Louanne Carabini and Shawn O’Leary
Pam and Dave Conroy, in honor of Lauren J. Conroy
Julius N. Frankel Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency
The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince
Ms. Jennifer Myerberg and The Alvin and Louise Myerberg Family Foundation, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. and Terry Schwartz
Brittany Viola, ’03 and Justin Bernbrock
Zell Family Foundation 
$10,000 to $24,999Baum Realty Group*
Willard E. Bransky
Ross Bricker and Nina Vinik
The Buchanan Family Foundation
J. Laurence and Susan Costin
DLA Piper*
Jana French and Peter Gotsch
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Kelly and Dennis Howe
Dr. David Lang and Ms. Toni Lang
Laura Mandel and Richard Blessen
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jim and Ginger Meyer
Angela and Dana O’Banion
People’s Gas Community Fund
Sage Foundation
John and Joyce Schladweiler
Maria and Andy Smith
Arthur B. Smith, Jr. and Tracey L. Truesdale
Hank Turner and Erin Aleman
Cynthia Van Osdol and John Sandwick
Zachry Group
$5,000 to $9,999Anonymous
The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.
David & Kathy Baker
Saurab & Anjani Bhargava
Rebecca & Josh Butler
Jerome & Yifang Fifer
Sara & Scott Fisher
James, ’61 & Marcia Franklin
Mary & Lionel Go
Marcia Malkus
Yasuko & Pat Metcalf
Younghee Jin Ottley & Bruce Ottley
Helen & Marc Rubenstein
Jimmy & Elizabeth Samartzis
Sargent Family Foundation
Michele & Edmund Taylor
The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund

From September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022

The 2022 CYSO Gala

The 2022 CYSO Gala: Listen to the Future brought together more than 400 supporters and 200 student performers to celebrate CYSO’s 75th anniversary season and the past, present, and future of the organization. We are so grateful for the support of the entire CYSO community for making the event such a smashing success. Because of your generosity, we raised more than $680,000—a record! Gala proceeds are key to keeping tuition affordable for all CYSO families, funding financial assistance, and ensuring our expansive community programming is always offered free of charge. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of our young musicians.

Platinum SponsorsPritzker Traubert FoundationSheppard Mullin
Gold SponsorsBrittany Viola & Justin BernbrockJenner & Block LLP/The Bricker Vinik Family
Silver SponsorsDr. Louanne Carabini & Shawn O’Leary
Chapman & Cutler LLP
Lakeview Smiles/Hydr8
Stephen & Terry Schwartz
Cynthia Van Osdol & John Sandwick
Bronze SponsorsAlliant
DLA Piper
ESOP Structuring Specialists, Inc.
Dr. Jana L. French & Peter M. Gotsch
Mary & Lionel Go
Green River Films
Sipi Metals Corp.
Angela & Dana O’Banion
Elizabeth & Jimmy
Advocate SponsorsBaker McKenzie
Horizon Wealth Management
Wintrust Chicago’s Bank
Ally SponsorsSophie McCarthy & Andy HronekThe William Everett Group

If you would like more information about how you or your company can become a sponsor of CYSO’s annual gala, contact Marc Bitler at or call 312-939-2207.

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