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2017 Foundation Gala


The event raised over $105,000 that will benefit Foundation programs for all schools and students.


Valedictorian Presenting Sponsor •Jan & Jim Dondlinger

Head of the Class Table Sponsor •
Amy Belich & Lincoln Elementary School Moms
Kathleen & Matthew Bialecki
Alison & Peter Dondlinger
Maureen & Martin Franchi
Jennifer & Tom Hughes
Kristen & Josh Jacobs
Stacy & Jeffrey Janiak
Angie & George Kapotas
Sara & Frank Klein
Laura & Joe Maniola
Unified Construction Company

A+ Event Sponsor •
BMO Harris
Kara & John Caforio
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
Franczek Radelet Attorneys & Councelors
Jill & Patrick Hayes
Pamela & Donald Mower
James McHugh Construction Company
William W Patterson, FIC, RICP Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial
PMA Financial
Wight and Company

2017 Friend of the Foundation Award

This year we  recognized Laura Maniola for her time, dedication and commitment to the Foundation, our educational community and the community at large. Laura served on the Foundation Board for six years with duties ranging from Board Secretary, to Treasurer. Laura went above and beyond her duties as a Director, and supported the Foundation in multiple administrative capacities, as well as serving as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Foundation in the community.  Laura co-chaired the 2015 Silver Ball, a tremendously successful fundraiser celebrating the Foundation"s 25th anniversary. Laura has also served as PTA President at Lincoln Elementary and on the PTA Council Board which acts as the liaison between the district and each individual PTA board.

Laura and her family are strong believers in public service.  Locally, Laura is a member of 100 +Women and serves as a Eucharistic Minister for her Church.  Laura and her daughter Grace co-founded Cartwheels for Kids, an event that has raised close to $10,000 over three years to support feeding programs that fight childhood hunger. In addition to their generous support of the Foundation, Laura and her husband Joe support Habitat for Humanity and Northern Illinois University, both the school of accountancy and the NIU Foundation.

Our fundraising goals for 2017 will benefit Future Ready Learning initiatives in various district capacities. Laura is a distinct part of how and why the Foundation has seen such success in supplementing the future forward thinking of the D205 Foundation. 

Golden Raffle Tickets

Golden Raffle $100

Congrats to the lucky winner- Jennifer Hughes!


Winner may choose one of the following trips

4-Nights Puntacana, Dominican Republic

4-nights  at the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club


Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour

Exclusive brewery tour and tasting for two

3-course dinner with pairings at Post 390 Urban Tavern

3-night stay  The Fairmont Copley Plaza & daily breakfast 


3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway

3-night at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

$250 in Hyatt gift cards-can be used towards lift tickets at select ski resorts
All trips include Round-trip coach class airfare for 2