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Thank you to our Foundation Sponsors

Event Photography generously donated
by Karen Solem Photography


Mr. & Mrs. James Owens






Jan & Jim Dondlinger






BMO Harris Bank



Mr. & Mrs. Joe Maniola

Randall Bronge-YCHSAA First Century Campaign

2019 Foundation Gala

2019 Foundation Gala

Saturday, February 9th 6:00 pm-midnight

Hyatt Lodge,Oak Brook


Thank you to all of our sponsors, guests, and volunteers that helped to make this our most successful Gala to date!


 Thank you for helping to pave the educational path for all D205 students with classroom innovations, Thiems Grants, and unique academic enhancements the Foundation strives to provide with your support. 


We hope to support the following with this year's funds

  • The new York Business Incubator
  • Thiems Grants
  • 3-d printers and iPad accessories
  • equipment for Project Lead the Way


Fundraising entertainment by Sayre & Jones Auctioneer, Ltd. 




Mobile Bidding Packages:


-Hand-Crafted Adirondack Chairs

-$2000 from Advanced Orthodontics 

-Tyte and Bryte Laser Treatment with Medical-Grade Skincare products from Dr. Kovak

-Director's Case of Fine and Unique Wines

-Middle School Graduation Packages at all 3 middle schools

-York Graduation Package

-Paddle Tennis and Pizza Party for 10-12 kids at Butterfield Country Club

-Chicago Wolves VIP package (includes 4 tickets with seating on Wolves' bench during warm-ups and autographed jersey by all the players)

-Box Seats at Arlington Park with a Yeti Cooler Package

-Wine Tasting for 4 at Tannins

-In-Home Wine Tasting for 12

-Lake Geneva Weekend Stay in Lakeview Property

-Bulls Up Close with Dinner


Live Auction Packages:


-Rockstar York Parking

-Cabo Cando (Luxury Grand Solomar)

-Blackhawks VIP Style (premium seats, parking, dinner and two Autographed jerseys, Kane and Toews)

-Rolling Stones tickets at Soldier Field

-Bunker Hill Retreat (Ultimate Private getaway for 8 to Bunker Hill Farms)

-Elmhurst Brewing Company Package (Brewer for a Day experience for 8, dinner and drinks, promotional gear)

-Chicago Cubs package (4 tickets to two different Cubs games and Dinner)

-Bears and Packers tickets

-Flavah Cooking Party for 14

-Fabulous Vacation Getaway Trip (airfare and hotel stay included)


2019 Friend of the Foundation

The Foundation is proud to announce Gigi Owens as this year's Friend of the Foundation. This award is given to honor a community member or organization that is committed to volunteerism, makes an impact in the community  and supports our public schools and the Foundation through service and generosity.

Gigi first began fundraising for our schools through her involvement at Edison PTA. She served on the Foundation Board from 2014-2016 and co-chaired the Gala, using  the momentum from the Silver Ball to grow the event to new fundraising heights. Gigi has also served as a Board Member on the  Elmhurst Hospital Jr. Women's Board and the Elmhurst Neighbors and Newcomers Club. She currently serves on the Elmhurst Art Museum Board where she continues to chair fundraising events, and is a Joffrey Women's Board member. Gigi and her husband James have been loyal and generous supporters not only to the Foundation, but also to multiple local and area wide community causes and organizations. Gigi will be honored with the Friend of the Foundation Award at the 2019 Gala on February 9th. 

Support the Foundation through Sponsorship

Become a Foundation Sponsor for inclusion in the Gala program and acknowledgement on screens at the event. Major sponsorships inlcude tickets to the event. Plus, your sponsorship will be acknowledged throughout the academic year! 


Golden Raffle

Congratulations to the Aidan Shea Foundation

this year's winners!


Sun, Sand & Surf in Cancun, Mexico

This Experience Includes:

  • 5-night stay in a deluxe ocean view guest room at the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun
  • Daily breakfast for 2
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Cancun, Mexico
  • Winspire booking & concierge service
  • blackout dates December 15-31, 2018; January 1-6, 2019; April 13-20, 2019; Dec 14-31, 2019.

 California Dreaming & Tasting

This Experience Includes:

  • 2-night stay in a standard Fairmont room (1 king or 1 queen bed) at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
  • Daily breakfast for 2
  • Tasting for 2 at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma
  • Tour and tasting for 2 at Benziger Family Winery, Sonoma
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to San Francisco or Oakland, CA
  • Winspire booking & concierge service
  • blackout dates weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

Nashville for Whiskey Lovers

This Experience Includes:

  • Jack Daniel’s Tour and Tasting for 2, Lynchburg Tennessee
  • George Dickel Tour and Tasting for 2, Tullahoma, Tennessee
  • Southern Inspired Lunch
  • Transportation
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Renaissance Nashville-subject to availability
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Nashville, TN
  • Winspire booking & concierge service
  • blackout dates weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and during Country Music Awards