Jim Belushi headlines 'Madness' fundraiser

MAC Madness 2014 will feature Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy during a fundraising event on Saturday, March 8, to celebrate the programs of the newly renovated McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage.

Presented by the College of DuPage Foundation, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-performance cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception in the McAninch Arts Center Lobby, followed by Belushi’s improv show and live auction in the Performance Hall at 7 p.m. and a post-performance celebration at 8:45 p.m. 

Tickets are $250, and proceeds can be designated for the John Belushi Scholarship Fund, MAC General Fund, the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and Endowment Art Fund, or New Philharmonic.

Following the benefit show, Belushi and the Board of Comedy will present a late show at 9:30 p.m.  Tickets are $44 adult/$42 senior/$32 youth.

Jim Belushi, a 1974 College of DuPage graduate who grew up in Wheaton, has appeared in more than 75 movies, spent eight years starring in the TV show “According to Jim,” and opened the Comedy Bar in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. He established the John Belushi Scholarship in 1987 in memory of his brother, also a former COD student.

“We are grateful to Jim Belushi for graciously donating his time to help the Foundation and College of DuPage,” said Cathy Brod, Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the Foundation. “It’s fitting that he is one of the first people to perform in the newly renovated Performance Hall, and we appreciate his continued support of the McAninch Arts Center.”

Robyn Coffin, a former College of DuPage theater student and John Belushi Memorial Scholarship recipient, said she was able to attend COD because of the award.

“I am a working actor today, and I attribute my studies at COD as a major reason I work now,” she said. “The scholarship made it possible for me to learn and hone skills that paved the way for my professional career and my work ethic. I will always be grateful for the Belushi scholarship.”

The performances are part of the Grand Opening Season following a 14-month, $35 million renovation. The renovations included updates to the three performance spaces, construction of a new outdoor patio stage, improvements to the infrastructure and patron service areas, and upgrades to academic classrooms and studios.


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