Fundraising Gala


Virtual Showcase 2021 

Celebrating & Supporting Innovation 
February 6, 2021 @ 7pm
We are taking it online and standing strong for all students in Elmhurst Public Schools.  Click here to register (its free) and learn more about ways to support our students.

2020 Within Reach Fundraising Gala

On February 8th, nearly 300 people gathered together to support and celebrate the incredible impact Foundation 205 makes in the Elmhurst public schools.  The evening generated more than $200,000 to bring innovation and excellence to all students.

In the coming months, Foundation 205 will begin awarding grants to teachers to fund creative ideas and initiatives. 

Watch this video to see the many ways Foundation 205 is having an impact in D205.

Friend of the Foundation

The Friend of the Foundation Annual Award was created to celebrate and honor volunteerism in the Elmhurst Public Schools, as well as to recognize those individuals who generously support Foundation 205.

Congratulations to our winners:

2020- Matthew Bialecki

2019- Gigi Owens

2018- Jill Riecker

2017- Laura Maniola

2016- Holly Kost

2015- Jan Dondlinger

2013- Elmhurst Jaycees

2012- Val Stewart

2011- Doug & Cindy Peterson

Matthew Bialecki: 2020 Friend of the Foundation

Matthew Bialecki is the 2020 recipient of the Friend of the Foundation award. Matt served on the Foundation 205 board from 2012-2017 and made significant contributions during this time. As a member of the Finance, Board Development and Gala committees, Matt helped prepare & support the organization to take on new challenges and have a larger impact. Further, Matt served on the Thiems grant review board and was responsible for evaluating grant proposals and allocating resources for educators with the most innovative and creative ideas. Matt and his wife, Kate, have been extremely generous to Foundation 205 with their time, hospitality and resources. Their commitment to community involvement extends past Foundation 205 and includes the Elmhurst Art Museum and JDRF. The Foundation 205 Board of Directors, both past and present, extend their sincere appreciation for the legacy Matt has created as Friend of the Foundation.  Enjoy these photos from the event.

Golden Raffle

2020 Golden Raffle winners!

200 Golden Raffle Tickets were sold prior to the gala.  The winners were drawn live at the gala.  Congratulations!!

Scott Rathbun: 1st Place: $3000

Christy McLaughlin: 2nd Place: $2000

Victoria Zurkowski: 3rd Place $1000

Gala 2020 Sponsors

Foundation 205 is grateful for the generosity of many individuals and businesses who chose to support our 2020 Fundraising Gala; Beyond Reach.  It is only through these partnerships, that we are able to make a measurable and meaningful impact on every student attending Elmhurst's public schools.