Performathon 2017: Final Report 

This year’s Performathon was a great success. With the help of our wonderful students, parents, and neighbors, we are humbled to have raised $11,135 to benefit the need and talent scholarship programs of the community school. 

About Performathon: This gala day of student musical performances and art exhibits is scheduled every two years. Performathon is the major fundraising event for CSA scholarship programs.  These programs provide vital aid to students in financial need and to talented young people to pursue their study of the arts.  Since 1993, over $90,000 has been raised, and nearly 1,000 students have received scholarship support. 

How Performathon Worked: CSA Students signed up early in the year to perform and raise money for Performathon. Each student who agreed to play sent out pledge sheets to their family, friends, and neighbors.  It was through these pledges that we raised over half the money for this fund raiser.  Our sincere thanks to all our students who played and sent out pledge forms, and to all of the wonderful friends and family who sent in donations! 

On April 22: The doors opened at 10:00 a.m. when we kicked off the art gallery, music sale, bake sale, raffle and silent auction.  Performances were scheduled throughout the day with a morning recital beginning at 11 a.m. and an afternoon recital beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall stage. 

Accompanists Yurong Yang and Linc Smelser rehearsed ahead of time to prepare performers for the big day.  Host Ann Montzka Smelser introduced each performer during the performances.  Many other volunteers worked at various tables during the day to manage purchases. 

Bake Sale:  Organized by Karyn Harrelson and stocked by many wonderful CSA parents the bake sale had an amazing array of tasty baked goods that sold like crazy! 

Music Swap: The Concert Hall lobby became a grand bazaar of used music (and other music related items) that were donated by people in the community and NIU School of Music faculty. Folks were encouraged to grab a bag, stuff it with sheet music, and make a donation.  

Silent Auction: A silent auction was held that included a painted violin, a flute, an electric guitar, a clarinet, and a quilt made from past Performathon t-shirts, all items donated to Performathon.  

Raffle: Wonderful prizes were donated by local businesses and were on display throughout the day.  Tickets were placed in bags during the day, and winning tickets were drawn at the end of the day. See below for all the raffle prizes and winners! 

Performathon Advisory Committee: The members of this year’s committee were Alicia Tobin, Tamara Farrell, Ann Montzka Smelser, Karyn Harrelson, Julie Breidenbach, Heidi Kuehl, Yuko Asada, and Eric Schroeder.  The committee met monthly from late fall until the event, and were instrumental in providing amazing insight, advice and guidance.  They also volunteered on the day of the event and made sure everything ran like a well-oiled machine.  We cannot thank them enough for their service! 

Thank you to the businesses and organizations that donated prizes and bought ads in the program:

Austin's Violin Shop, L.L.C; Book World; Chicago Bears; Chicago White Sox; Chicago Wolves; China House; Creative Therapeutics, Ltd; Ellwood House Association; Fargo Skateboarding; Flamingo Restaurant and Ice Cream; Four Seasons Sports; Gordon Hardware; Graham Crackers Comics; Hillside Restaurant; Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Kishwaukee YMCA; Lincoln Inn; Martha’s Kitchen; Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center; NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts; NIU School of Theatre and Dance; Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine; Ollie's Frozen Custard; Piano Forte Chicago; Pita Pete's; Potbelly Sandwich Works; Rockford IceHogs Hockey Team; Stage Coach Players; Starbucks Coffee Company; Sweet Earth; Todd Curtis, DDS; Trittenhaus Design; Ukulele Station America; Vanatta Piano Service; and Village Commons Bookstore, NIU Integrated Media Technology Services. 


This year’s raffle prizes and winners were:


Austin's Violin Shop, L.L.C

Manhasset Music Stand: Alicia Tobin 

Book World

$25 Gift Card: Julie Breidenbach 

Chicago White Sox

4 Upper Level Game Tickets or $15 off 4 Outfield Box Seats: Joan Davis 

Chicago Wolves

2 Regular Season Game Tickets: Danielle Pivonka 

China House

$25 Gift Certificate: Vernese Edghill-Walden 

Ellwood House Association

4 Museum Passes: Allison Schalck 

Fargo Skateboarding

$20 Gift Card: Michel Siblik 

Flamingo Restaurant and Ice Cream

$10 Gift Card: Ryan Breneisen and Geri Siblik 

Four Seasons Sports

Glow Bowling for Six (includes shoe rental and a souvenir pin): Merlin Heitkamp 

Gordon Hardware

Dramm Sprinkler and Nozzle Set in Huskie Red: Linda Harlan 

Graham Crackers Comic Books

$5 Gift Card and Assorted Comics: Nicole Holland and Courtney McNamara 

Hillside Restaurant

Whole Chocolate Cake: Tammy Waymire 

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

4 May Concert Tickets: Ryan Breneisen 

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

4 Season Tickets: Julie Breidenbach 

Kishwaukee YMCA

2 One Day Guest Passes: Merlin Heitkamp 

Martha's Kitchen

$25 Gift Card: Sharon Jourdain 

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

4 Tickets to any MPAC Concert: Tammy Farrell 

NIU School of Theatre and Dance

2 Season Tickets for the 2017-2018: Frank Breneisen and Allison Schalck 

Ollie's Frozen Custard

$5.00 Gift Card: Vernese Edghill-Walden, Dirk Happ, Sharon Jourdain, Allison Schalck 

Piano Forte Chicago

4 Tickets to any 2017-2018 Concert: Linda Harlan 

Pita Pete's

T-shirt, Stickers, Gift Card for a Pita: Vernese Edghill-Walden 

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Gift Card for Lunch for 4: Julie Breidenbach 

Rockford IceHogs Hockey Team

4 Mezzanine End Zone Tickets: Craig Olron 

Stage Coach Players

$40 Gift Card: Julie Breidenbach 

Starbucks Coffee Company

One Pound of Coffee, Two Travel Mugs: Tammy Farrell 

Sweet Earth

$10 Gift Card: Karyn Harrelson 

Todd Curtis, DDS

Oral B Pro Grade Power Brush/Crest Kit: Sophia Varcados 

Ukulele Station America

$50 Gift Card: Allison Smith 

Village Commons Bookstore

$25 Gift Card: Allison Schalck