25th Anniversary Celebration

District 205 Foundation Celebrates 25 Years 


This fundraising event will feature an open bar, plated dinner,

live and silent auctions, music by

The York Jazz Ensemble and The Ripleys.

Fundraising Festivities conducted by

Sayre Jones Auctioneers, Ltd.

Tickets  are $150  


Buy your Tickets Now

deadline to purchase tickets is February 1st.

space is limited.

Silver Ball Sponsorship Opportunities

Foundation Celebrates  25th Anniversary

Thanks to the generous support of the Elmhurst community, the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence will be celebrating its silver anniversary during the 2014–15 school year. 

The Foundation began in 1989 when then-Superintendent Russell Thiems and his Deputy Superintendent Larry Wyllie suggested that alternative sources of funding would help combat the shrinking tax dollars available for public education. As a result, a group of community members joined forces and used seed money to form the Foundation.


The Foundation awarded its first 11 grants in 1990 for a total of $10,000 to fund educational programs. Since then, more than $1.6 million has been raised and distributed in the form of grants and other support. In addition, through its partnerships with community organizations, it has provided almost $827,000 in support of Elmhurst public schools. These funds have financed capital improvements at York High School and supported YSET (York Student Enrichment Team) in its mission to assist financially challenged families with fees for courses, books and extracurriculars.

Since its inception, the Foundation has remained true to its mission by supporting innovations in education and advancing excellence in the Elmhurst public schools. Not only is this accomplished by continuing to award the annual Thiems grants, but also through expanding its reach to include signature projects and partnerships with community organizations.


2013 Midnight Masquerade Great Success!

Midnight Masquerade 2013


The Time was Definitely Right

The theme of this year's Midnight Masquerade--The Time is Right--was echoed in the words of Superintendent Dave Pruneau, guest speaker Nancy Nega a former Churchville science teacher who is a STEM consultant with the DuPage Regional Office of Education, and Jaycees President Brian Stalker.

MM2013 Nancy Nega
The speakers acknowledged the importance of ensuring that all of today’s children have rich and varied experiences in science, math and engineering to provide them with the knowledge and background needed for advancement in related fields. They expressed the belief that is important to prepare students as well as inspire them to pursue the many job opportunities available in these areas. Particular emphasis was placed on funding enhancements to the curriculum that will further advance STEM education in District 205 schools.

MM2013 Bidding in ActionThis year’s event drew 175 people and raised money through attendance, silent auctions, donations, sponsorships and raffles. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is extremely grateful to C&C Power, a Two Diamond Sponsor; BMO Harris which sponsored the Friend of the Foundation Award; and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, a Gold Star Sponsor. The Foundation thanks all the sponsors, donors, and guests who contributed to make this event a success. 

More than $37,000 in funds were raised at Midnight Masquerade, which will help support all of the Foundation programs and will specifically enable the purchase of probes that attach to the NOVA5000 devices purchased last year by the Foundation for the middle schools.  The new probes will enhance instruction in physics, life sciences, meteorological experiments, and chemical reactions.

Additionally, funds will go toward the 2014 Thiems grants and the Study Skills program in place at elementary and middle schools. 

STEM Signature Project Benefits

STEM support to-date has funded the purchase of a NOVA5000 cart for each of the three middle schools which the students began piloting last school year in very measured ways.  The district is now finalizing specific NOVA5000 applications for the delivery of the science and math curriculum. 

Proceeds from the 2013 Midnight Masquerade funded the required probes & accessories to help conduct these specific labs.

Photo Gate 0-5V (Digital) 4 per bldg = 12 x $40 or $480
Dynamic System Track System 1 per bldg = 3 x $277 or $831
Anemometer, Wind Speed & Direction 1 per bldg = 3 x $206 or $618
Rain Collector 1 per bldg = 3 x $182 or $546
Humidity Sensor 8 per bldg = 24 x $69 or $1,656
pH, 0-14 pH Sensor 8 per bldg = 24 x $79 or $1,896
CO2 Sensor 1 per bldg = 3 x $249 or $747
10 m Sensor Cable 1 per bldg = 3 x $20 or $60

For more STEM Project news, click here.

2015 Friend of the Foundation Award 

Jan Dondlinger

For the last three years, the Foundation has selected a Friend of the Foundation to honor at its signature fundraising events. This year, the Foundation is pleased to name Jan Dondlinger as its 2015 Friend of the Foundation. Jan will be feted at the Silver Ball in February.


Jan Dondlinger was a founding member of the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence. She served two six-year terms on its Board of Directors during the past 25 years, and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of the Foundation.

The Silver Ball Sponsors


Advanced Placement Scholar Sponsors:

BMO Harris Bank


Honor Roll  Sponsors:


The Foley Family

The Owens Family 
The Maniola Family
Jim Collins & Julie Thiel

Proceeds from this event benefit all District 205 schools with enrichment programs in technology, math, science, social studies, literacy, foreign languages, physical education and the arts.



some highlights....

Private catered party for 25 in the Mies van der Rohe venue 

Canadian National Railway-rail car gourmet dining experience for 8

Weekend stay for 4 at Drake Oak Brook with specially prepared chef's meal

2014-15 signed Chicago Blackhawks team stick

York Parking Pass

VIP seats and parking for York Graduation 2016

Advanced Orthodontics voucher worth $2,000

Weekend stay + dinner at Gordon Lodge, Door County, Wi 

Signed Derrick  Rose jersey

Personally designed one of a kind garment by York's Collette Obermaier

H B Jones private party

Four course dinner for 10 with beverages at Pints

U2 concert tickets for four at United Center + overnight stay

One week stay in Branson, Mo.+ $200 entertainment voucher 

Custom made adirondack chairs by York students

Exquisitely handcrafted reclaimed wood coffee table

iPad and iPad Air 2

Buy in Sushi party-lessons+sushi dinner+bartender