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Dist. 207 Foundation sets 'A Night for the Books' benefit

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Submitted by Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation

The Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation will host its fifth annual benefit dinner, "A Night For The Books," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at The Rosewood, 9421 W. Higgins Road in Rosemont.

This is the fundraising event for the nonprofit organization, which provides enhanced and extended learning opportunities for students attending the three District 207 high schools -- Maine East, Maine West, and Maine South.

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In addition to lively entertainment provided by musical ensembles from East, West, and South, and a delicious Rosewood dinner, the evening will feature a raffle and silent auction of items donated by local and Chicago-area businesses and community members. District administrators and teachers, many of them Foundation grant recipients, will be in attendance, as well as retired teachers, alumni, parents, and community members who support District 207 high schools and students. Emcee for the evening will be Dave Barker, former Maine East principal.

Through charitable donations from alumni, parents, staff, retired teachers, community members, and local businesses and civic groups, the District 207 Foundation funds grants to teachers who are committed to excellence in education. This year, the Foundation is proud to honor the Summer Reading Program at all three schools, and will again defray the cost of books for needy students. It continues to support the work of the School Based Health Center and the COACH program, which serve the bodies and minds of District 207 students.

In addition, the Foundation has helped fulfill exciting and rewarding experiences for students this past year, including the Maine West and Maine South DECA programs' trip to the national conference and the Maine East Lyceum students' efforts to aid flood victims in Pennsylvania. This spring, the Foundation will help the Maine South Constitution team return to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in the national "We The People" competition.

Foundation chairman Pat Schreiber, retired District 207 Foreign Language chairman, urges community members, retired teachers, alumni and parents to join their friends and neighbors at the dinner. "Proceeds from the silent auction, the raffle, and our live fundraisers for the School Based Health Center, Summer Reading Subsidies, and other programs, are essential to allow the Foundation to continue providing support for quality programs and Maine East, Maine West, and Maine South. Come and enjoy great food, great musical entertainment, and a great cause," Schreiber said.

Tickets to "A Night For The Books" are $50 and can be purchased online at the Foundation's website, www.maine207foundation.org.

Can't make it to the event? Donations to the District 207 Educational Foundation, which is a registered 501(c)(3) charity organization, can also be made on the website.

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