Lincoln-Way Foundation Dinner Gala Offers 'His and Her' Prizes
The pre-Valentine's Day dinner and dance raises funds for Lincoln-Way schools.
A diamond pendant and an LCD TV will be the featured prizes in the His or Her Raffle hosted by the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence.
The raffle will take place Saturday, Feb. 12 during the Foundation’s annual Dinner Gala at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. More than 450 people are expected to attend the event, which will also feature other raffles, silent and live auctions, a plated dinner, entertainment and dancing.
All prizes were donated by local businesses and individuals, said Linda Lopez, executive director of the Foundation. “We really depend on our local businesses and those who live in the community to bring the live and silent auction to life,” Lopez said.
This generosity makes it possible for the Foundation to donate funds to all the Lincoln-Way high schools, Lopez said. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation has donated more than $2.7 million to the District 210, according to a press release. Last year, the Foundation donated $235,00, which was used for scholarships and department grants.
David Anthony Jewelers in New Lenox donated the colored diamond pendant. Anne Burke-Jenkins of David Anthony has been an annual contributor to the dinner gala, Lopez said.
The Little Guys of Mokena donated the 32-inch Runco Crystal Series LCD TV, with assistance from the Lincoln-Way Board of Education members. Lopez said the committee told school board member Kevin Molloy, the Foundation’s liaison to the board, that help was needed to underwrite a portion of the television’s cost. Molloy approached the other board members, and each gave a personal donation.
The dinner gala began 15 years ago, and the His and Her Raffle started three years ago, when the event was moved from October to February, close to Valentine’s Day, Lopez said.
More than 125 gift baskets will be offered in the silent auction, and the live auction will feature eight items, including a two-night stay in downtown Chicago. The package includes accommodations at the Union League Club, limousine transportation, meals and $500 spending money, donated by the Foundation board of directors.
“This is one of our most successful fundraisers,” said Michelle Moyle, co-chairwoman of the dinner gala committee, along with Linda Ernat and Lisa Carreras. “If we didn’t have community and business support, it wouldn’t be a success.”
Moyle said the committee began planning early last summer, and since then, more than 40 people have been involved in soliciting and picking up donations, putting together gift baskets, and other preparation.
The hard work translates into an enjoyable evening for guests and funds for the Foundation to provide extras for Lincoln-Way students, Moyle said. Last year, the Foundation’s grants helped provide wireless Internet to all the high schools. “A lot of donations are granted in the form of technology,” Moyle said.
Another major Foundation fundraiser, the house raffle, was discontinued last year. Moyle said a committee has been meeting since last fall to establish a raffle to replace it. “It will be one big raffle,” Moyle said, “with a very significant grand prize.” The committee may be ready to announce its plans this spring, she said.
Raffle tickets are $25 or three for $60. The winners will be drawn at the dinner gala, but the winner need not be present. For more information, contact Linda Lopez at (815) 462-2976.