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Western Springs Foundation for Educational Excellence hosts fundraiser

Alec Hill, Eve Montesano, Brandt Siegfried, all of Western Springs, made effective pleas as student emcees. | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Board President Heather Locke, of Western Springs,  Emcee Rob Johnson, of WBBM-Channel 2 and Stacey Zapalac-Wixted of Western Springs | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Keith and Jennifer Chadwick with John and Hilary Remijas, all of Western Springs | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Anne Hill, Amanda Smith, Mary Hays and Amy Watts | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Christine and Matt Ramsey of Western Springs | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
District 101 students performed for the crowd | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Dan Madigan, Greg Norgle, Hugh and Karen O'Donnell and Mark Tobin | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Julie Meyer and Michelle Snorewicz, both of Western Springs | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Kevin Tiernan, Brett Padgett and Jim Kearney, all of Western Springs | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Luke Watts, Owen Hardy and Bobby Montesano, District 101 Students | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Michelle Boyd, Brooke Hoffmann, Kathy Sternic, Angela Campbell, Megan Albee and Megan O'Malley | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media
Mark Tobin and Kathy Marconi-Kane, both of Western Springs | Viki Gonia/for Sun-Times Media

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.

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