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MAC Madness Raises Nearly $400,000

By Jen Duda

Cathy Brod, College of DuPage Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the COD Foundation, greets COD alum Jim Belushi at the March 8 MAC Madness Celebration Benefit.        

"Jim has generously donated or raised more than $330,000 for scholarships and MAC programs to honor his brother John and to encourage students to participate in the arts." Brod said. "This event was a wonderful way to celebrate Jim's contributions as well as fund the artistic dreams of future generations of students."

The MAC Madness Celebration Benefit on March 8 raised an additional $393,200 for future scholarships and MAC programs. More than 300 VIP guests attended the event, which showcased the newly renovated McAninch Arts Center and featured a meet-and-greet with Belushi, followed by a performance with his improv group.

The evening culminated in the announcement that the former 800-seat MAC Mainstage has been renamed the Belushi Performance Hall. Born and raised in Wheaton, Ill., Jim Belushi graduated with an associate degree from COD in 1974 and credits the College for having a major impact on his life. While attending COD, he was also a student trustee and later became an outstanding Community College Alum for the college, state and country.

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(Photos: Press Photography Network/ Special to College of DuPage)