On Feb. 1, Drury Lane in Oak Brook was taken over by the District 101 community for a fundraiser for the Western Springs Foundation for Educational Excellence.
The 525 attendees enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the banquet room lobby, which brimmed with silent auction items, including limo rides and lunch with principals, teachers and administrators, vacation getaways, artwork, camps for kids and coveted prime parking for school events.
Guests were welcomed by Emcee Rob Johnson, WBBM-Channel 2 anchor; as well as student emcees (and very funny, bright kids) Alec Hill, Eve Montesano and Brandt Siegfried; District 101 Superintendent Dr. Brian Barnhart; and WSFEE Board President Heather Locke.
The evening also included a rousing musical number performed by District 101 students and a video presentation featuring students enjoying the benefits of the group’s fundraising efforts since 1992.
After dinner, participants engaged in a game of “Heads or Tails” by placing a glow necklace either upon their heads or at their tail, until the final player won a $1000 prize.
The evening raised $140,000 to be used by WSFEE for grants to teachers and parents to allow for expanded educational opportunities for district students, including self-defense classes for girls, rock climbing walls, and 3-D virtual modeling and design programs.