A Perfect Evening for a Fundraiser

Against the backdrop of a foggy Chicago skyline, over 75 guests came out last Thursday night to attend Great Lakes Academy’s inaugural fundraiser, “Charting the Course for Success.” Filled with meaningful conversations, laughter and great company, we could not have asked for a more incredible evening!

Guests mingled and enjoyed the evening.

Guests mingled and enjoyed the evening.

After weeks of hard work preparing to open the school, the Great Lakes team was able to celebrate all of its accomplishments over the past two years, including passing our charter, hiring our inaugural staff, signing our building lease, starting building renovations and enrolling the founding classes. We used our event to immerse our supporters in our school’s mission and goals.  Our ultimate goal was for our attendees to leave feeling connected to the community, families and students that Great Lakes Academy seeks to serve.

Curious guests walked around the venue and saw pictures of the school as it is undergoing renovation. They saw the immense progress and the hard work of our dedicated construction team to transform the building into a safe, vibrant, welcoming space where our scholars will fill their minds with knowledge. They heard speeches from our Board Chair and Executive Director, met the entire Board of Directors, saw photos of our students and staff, and talked amongst each other.

It didn’t take long for guests to understand why we work so hard to bring a rigorous, quality education to the Southeast community of Chicago: it’s all about our incoming students and their families.

We want to thank our supporters for a wildly successful first fundraiser. With their help, we raised nearly $60,000 for our school – an impressive feat!  Their generous gifts will help us empower every child to reach his or her full potential.

As our Executive Director Katherine Myers said during her speech, we will measure our success by each and every student who attains success in a college of their choice. Our fundraiser marked one of many events and milestones that will ensure that this dream becomes a reality.

Check out photos from our evening below!