Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 6 p.m.

The Marriott Marquis (2121 S. Prairie Avenue)

Join us for FXW’s signature special event: our annual Gala! The Gala is FXW’s major fundraising event which celebrates our community and three decades of educational excellence in Chicago. Nearly 1,000 parents, teachers, alumni, and friends come together in an effort to raise more than $900,000 this year.  

The Gala is a parent-driven fundraiser. Your participation, on any level, is vital, and we are grateful for all of the time, talent, or treasure each of our parents contribute.  Below are several opportunities to support the 2020 Gala.

Click here to make a general donation to Gala 2020.

Ticket Information

Tickets and tables can be purchased by clicking the below.

Big Chance

The Big Chance Raffle includes $100 raffle tickets for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000** the night of Gala. Five early bird drawings of $1,000 are done the weeks leading up to Gala. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

**grand prize is prorated if fewer than 1,000 tickets sold


Making a donation to the Gala Auction is a fun and impactful way you can help support FXW. We hope that you will support the school by donating an item or experience for our auction.  All auction donations will appear in our online auction and the GiveSmart app that all Gala guests use for bidding during the silent auction.


Volunteer in the office or on a committee. Click here to view more volunteer opportunities.  

Gala Sponsorships

We are grateful for the generosity of many who have already committed to sponsoring Gala 2020. We hope you will consider supporting our event at a level that is meaningful for your family!

Thank you to our Gala 2020 Sponsors:

Event Sponsor
The Walsh Family Foundation

Young Artist Sponsor
The Mackey Family

Video Sponsor
The Micheli Family/Shred415

Music Sponsor
Jon and Beth Myers

Cheers to the Teachers Sponsors
The Conroy and Hotchkiss Families
Dylan, Wendy, and John Kim
The Nayak Family
Yvonne Tsao and Chadi Nouneh
Ivan, Ursula and John Tatum
Valenti Builders

Entertainment Donations
Kevin and Ellen May
Colette and James Papajohn

In-Kind Donors
Classic Kids Chicago
The Flower Firm

Click here for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.


For additional information, feel free to contact Beth Marcotte at or contact one of our Gala 2020 Chairs: Wendy and John Kim and Colette and James Papajohn.