2018 Spring Benefit

June 2, 2018 to June 2, 2018 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday, June 2, 6-11pm


More than 250 parents, staff, friends, family, and community members attended the Friends of Sauganash PTO Benefit on Saturday, June 2. To those who could not make it but showed support through online bidding, we appreciate your participation. Overall, $78,000 was raised in order to assist our students’ growth, boost teacher impact, and expand learning and enrichment for all grades. From the Benefit Co-Chairs Malin Vasavanont and Sarah Datz, VP of Fundraising Sarah Creviston, President of the PTO Marcia Shapiro, and all the committee chairs, we thank you for your school spirit and support and hope you had as much fun as we did! Stay tuned for more pictures from the event on our Facebook page: facebook.com/sauganashpta



The fun doesn’t end here! These Sign-up Parties are still available to purchase at FOS2018.gesture.com:


June 9: Pitching Clinic with former MLB Cubs/Reds player Sean Marshall (Kids and their adult catcher)

June 23: Mom’s Summer Night Out

June 30: Dad’s Poker Night

July 20: Kindergarten Graduates Mom’s Wine & Cheese Party

August 15: Moonfish Preview Party

September 15: Mom’s & Mimosas

September 16: Skate Party for Kids at the Skatium in Skokie



These lucky students each sold a winning raffle ticket so they won $50: Gwen Coleman, Sophia Riley Schueneman, and Sammy Truesdale. Congratulations!



Dear Sauganash School Families,
Estimadas familias de la escuela Sauganash,
عائلات مدرسة سوجناش الأعزاء,


On behalf of the Friends of Sauganash, we are pleased to announce the 2018 benefit has been set for Saturday, June 2nd.   If you attended last year, you already know that the benefit is an excellent opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and foster a sense of community while raising money to support our children’s education. Building on last year’s success, we are looking forward to another fantastic evening with dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions, and we hope you will join us!

It takes a lot of time, effort, and volunteers to plan a successful benefit.  We would like to share with you the ways in which we will seek your support over the next few months.  We hope you will find a way to be involved in at least one of them.

At a time when budget cuts continue to threaten the quality of our children’s education, we are counting on your support to make this event a success. The money raised will build on this year’s fundraising momentum and provide critical assistance to our teachers in the form of additional aides and support for a variety of programs that make our school stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like to be involved in ways other than those listed.  We look forward to celebrating with you on June 2nd!



AUCTION ITEMS (Live & Silent)

The benefit will feature silent and live auctions and we are in need of donations!  Do you own a business or know someone who does?  Do you have season tickets for a local team?  Looking to part with gift cards you have no use for?  We are seeking donations such as tickets to sporting events, services such as spa visits, vacation rentals, and much more. Please watch for a communication from Sarah Creviston (Auctions Committee Chair) with more information on how you can contribute.



Hugely popular in years past, the gift baskets are back once again.  Each grade will assemble a basket with a different theme.  Our teachers along with your room parents and an army of volunteers will be collecting items related to their theme.  Please watch for communications on how you can contribute to make your child’s basket a hit.  Basket donations will be collected before spring break, and all of the baskets will be raffled off on June 2nd.



Many of your children have already begun work on their classroom art project.  Unique and handmade, each class (or grade level) will come together to create a work of art to be auctioned the night of the benefit. What better way to support our school than through the creativity and imagination of our students?  You won’t believe what they are creating together! Thank you to all the parents who have already stepped up to facilitate these projects.  (No additional volunteers are needed at this time.)




A school-wide raffle kicks off following spring break.  Students will receive books of tickets to sell ($1 each or 6 for $5.)  Anyone can buy a ticket! Aunts, uncles, grandparents, piano teachers, soccer coaches… Three winning tickets will be drawn at the benefit, and winners need not be present to win.  The cash prizes are $1000, $500, and $250 respectively.  Top ticket sellers win amazing prizes too!  Our goal is to sell $16,000 in raffle tickets (approximately 36, $1 tickets per child) in order to receive a special all-school party, courtesy of Principal Munns.  Please watch your Friday folders and weekly emails for more details.



Has your child ever wanted to have lunch with a favorite teacher?  Or shoot hoops or have a manicure with a special staff member?  With “Teacher Time”, parents are able to bid on activities that their child can do with a teacher or staff member. After spring break, parents will receive a web link with information on all the activities available and instructions on when and how to bid.  Special thanks to our teachers and staff for donating their time and talent to these popular activities supporting our PTO!

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