2019 Spring Benefit

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Friday, March 8, 2019
7:00 - 10:30 pm
DANK-Haus German American Cultural Center
4740 N Western Avenue

Join Northside parents and faculty for a fun evening to raise essential funding for our students and celebrate cultural diversity with a buffet of local favorites and craft spirits.

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Live Entertainment

Northside College Prep parent
Matt Farmer



Want to help?

  • We need volunteers for videography, decorations, solicitations, and more.
  • Have a connection to a local restaurant? Contact us about showcasing a dinner buffet item.
  • Want more information on how to get involved? Contact Event Chair, Debra Swan at debra@theswans.net.

Willing to Donate?

To donate live and silent auction items

Past Gala Sponsors


Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:
Glen Spear & Myra Wagner
Jennifer Campion & Brett Maher
Jim and Maria Ciesil
Jim Kosciolek & Jeanine O'Brien
Meg & Paul Salzetta

Gold Sponsors:
Caryn & Charlie Brissman
Janis & Frederick Bates
Joel Friedman & Nancy Liljedahl
Julie Trester
Kelly & Scott Newhall
Kristin Werriers & Paul Colliers
Tim & Jennifer Devine

Silver Sponsors:

Alexia & Michael Vondrak
Ann & Bob Zagotta
Anne Marie Piazza & Rafael Cook
Art & Susan Nolan
Caroline Padmanabhan
Darcy DeWolfe & Aaron Rappaport
Dawn Zarembski & Mark Franke
Dianne & Thomas Malueg
Gayl & Kevin Meade
Gregory & Cassandra Boyle
Holly & Paul Edlund
Irv Gorman & Michelle Day
Janet & David Jasmer
Jill & Sean O'Conor

Kelly & Eric Mest
Matt & Erika Schechter
Melissa Hilton & Jonathan Perman
Michele & Steven Sparks
Ony Achufusi & Marta Olah
Pamela Peters & Michael Hughes
Patricia Bayerlein & Michael Hoffman
Rose & Christopher Cancilla
Shari & William Massey
Thea & Jeffrey Yosowitz
Theresa & Jenny Hendler
Tiger Tutor
Tina & Brian Knight

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Northside receives a set amount from Chicago Public Schools for each student enrolled in the school. This amount was approximately $4,500 per student for the 2016-17 school year. The per pupil allocation is used entirely to fund teaching positions, and in fact falls short of covering all needed staff positions at the school. Because the per pupil amount must be allocated entirely to teaching positions, student fees are used to pay for textbooks, supplies, technology and athletic expenses. While it is impossible to make up the CPS funding deficit through fundraising, parent and community contributions are critical to maintaining Northside’s standard of excellence.

A: No. Northside receives the same per-pupil allocation as any other CPS high school. In fact, Northside receives significantly less funding than other CPS high schools because it is not eligible for additional federal and state poverty funding that other schools receive.

A: Donations to Friends of Northside can be made through the “Donate” page of this website. Donations are accepted throughout the year.

A: Absolutely! Donors can make single payments or multiple payments over the course of the school year. We accept and appreciate all donations.

A: Some companies offer matching programs where they will “match” funds donated to non-profit organizations. Ask your employer whether your company has such a program. If your company is in a position to donate goods or services such as paper or printing, we also are grateful for such “in-kind” donations. Please contact any Friends board member if your company might have goods or services to donate.

A: All Northside parents are automatically members of Friends of Northside.

A: Friends of Northside has a board of parent volunteers and a teacher representative that coordinates all of its fundraising activities. There are currently openings on the board, no experience necessary. If you are interested in joining the board, contact Nancy Liljedahl or come to the next board meeting. All meetings are open to Northside parents.

A: Yes. You are welcome to help during any of our events. There are many different opportunities with which you can volunteer or help on a committee such as the Annual Appeal, Open House, or the Cubby Walk. For instance, we can always use additional callers on the evenings that we make telephone calls for the Annual Appeal. We also need chaperones for dances and the Cubby Walk every year. There are many different ways to help us support the school.