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A light rain could not dampen the spirits of the 390 guests who attended Jubilation!, Trinity's inaugural fundraising dinner to benefit the Trinity Fund on Friday, October 1. Guests enjoyed a taste of what the future holds for Trinity's theatre and art programs at the event, held in the grand ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel in Alsip. 

Led by President Emeritus Ken Bootsma, who served as the master of ceremonies, the program featured a mini-version of "Guys and Dolls," directed by communication arts professor Dr. Teresa TerHaar; the performance included current students, alumni, and a faculty member. 

"I was very proud of the performance and excited to see the audience respond so well to it," TerHaar said. "The cast worked incredibly hard, and the musical brought together the talents of Trinity students, staff, and alumni. That kind of collaboration is the essence of theatre.

"Trinity is in a great position to expand its theatre program, and I sense a tremendous enthusiasm for the potential we have. We will be able to offer more fantastic productions like 'Guys and Dolls' when we get the Art and Communication Center."

Art chairman John Bakker introduced a visual arts presentation that featured his work for the Chicago Police Department as well as interviews with several art alumni who are pursuing graduate degrees or working as designers and artists. Several former and current Trinity students provided music for the evening. The jazz band played two selections; board chairman Cal Tameling'72 and his wife, Marcy ex'69, sang with their son, Jesse '04; the Jubilation! quartet - Patrick Baker '04, Chris Cayari '03, Curt De Graff '02, and Evan Vander Zee '03 - sang a gospel medley; and Michelle Rozenboom Podewell '94 and Teresa Rozenboom Kinnear '00 performed a piano duet, "Rhapsody In Blue."

Gifts and pledges from Jubilation! totaled $78,500 in revenue for the Trinity Fund.

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