Annual Foundation Gala

2019 Gala

Congratulations to Gigi Owens, the 2019 recipient of the "Friends of the Foundation" award.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, guests, and volunteers that helped to make this our most successful Gala to date! Thank you for helping to pave the educational path for all D205 students with classroom innovations, Thiems Grants, and unique academic enhancements the Foundation strives to provide with your support. 

2019 funds supported:

  • The new Business Incubator Program at York High School
  • Thrive 205 programming
  • Wi-fi hotspots for York students without home access
  • $98,000 + in Thiems Grants for teachers

Fundraising entertainment by Sayre & Jones Auctioneer, Ltd. 


We are so appreciative of your support. Every dollar raised offers more resources, choices and opportunities for the children of Elmhurst Public Schools.

Check out this message from those that your generosity impacts most...thank you!


The Foundation is proud to announce Gigi Owens as this year's Friend of the Foundation. This award is given to honor a community member or organization that is committed to volunteerism, makes an impact in the community  and supports our public schools and the Foundation through service and generosity.

Gigi first began fundraising for our schools through her involvement at Edison PTA. She served on the Foundation Board from 2014-2016 and co-chaired the Gala, using  the momentum from the Silver Ball to grow the event to new fundraising heights. Gigi has also served as a Board Member on the  Elmhurst Hospital Jr. Women's Board and the Elmhurst Neighbors and Newcomers Club. She currently serves on the Elmhurst Art Museum Board where she continues to chair fundraising events, and is a Joffrey Women's Board member. Gigi and her husband James have been loyal and generous supporters not only to the Foundation, but also to multiple local and area wide community causes and organizations. Gigi will be honored with the Friend of the Foundation Award at the 2019 Gala on February 9th. 



Jeff & Stacy Janiak
James & Gigi Owens


Pete & Alison Dondinger
Tom & Jennifer Hughes
Blake & Debra Moritz



Matt & Kate Bialecki
George & Deirdre Churchill
Jonathon & Julie Coan
Steve & Leslie Gunderson
John & Stacy Hildy
Bob & Beth Hosler
Adam & Ann Klimek
Dan & Patricia Meessmann


Mike & Dina Booth
John & Carolyn Doherty
Martin & Maureen Franchi
Josh & Kristen Jacobs
Joe & Laura Maniola
Louie & Muffie Sanfilippo
Mark & Sara Schoonveld
Bill & Julie Albin
James Collins & Julie Thiel
George & Angie Kapotas
Christopher & Melissa Klimek
Pete & Courtenay Martire
Craig & Constantina Ross
Gordon & Meg Snyder
Mark & Rosanna Soehn
John & Julie Vacko
Randall Bronge-YCHSAA First Century Campaign



Golden Raffle

Congratulations to The Aidan Shea Foundation!  The 2019 winner of the Golden raffle!