Gala

Save the date for Gala 2020 – February 22 at the Marriott Marquis.

The Gala is FXW’s major fundraising event and brings together more than 1,000 parents, teachers, and friends in an effort to raise over $500,000. We rely on parents to achieve this financial success and ask for all to give thoughtful consideration on how they can support the Gala.   

There are many opportunities for families to participate, including the following: 

  •  Volunteer in the office or on a committee (Gala 2020 is now seeking volunteers. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities.)
  •  Attend the event
  •  Donate to the silent and live auctions
  •  Purchase and help sell Big Chance raffle tickets
  •  Attend the Gala Kick Off event
  •  Sponsor the event  

There are many different components of Gala, including the following: 

Silent Auction
FXW features one of the largest silent auctions in the city – with over 400 items available at all different levels.  Featuring items in categories such as beauty and fashion; fitness and wellness; food and drink; kids and family; sports; travel; and more!  

Young Artist Projects
Each grade level produces an art project where each student adds a piece to the project.  The projects are then auctioned off to the highest bidder the night of Gala – examples from previous years include a photo book, silhouettes, origami butterflies, Chicago skyline drawing, and ceramic hand-print bowls. 

Big Chance Raffle 
The Big Chance Raffle includes $100 raffle tickets for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000 the night of Gala.  5 early bird drawings of $1,000 are taken the weeks the leading up to Gala. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold.  

Teacher Treats
Teacher treats are experiences donated completely by teachers – such as a museum visit, ice cream party, sleepover, and ice-skating outing.  These experiences can involve the entire grade level or just a few students.  Participation in these treats can be purchased through GiveSmart, the online auction platform, starting the night of Gala.   

Questions? Contact Beth Marcotte.