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Woodlands Academy's Congé: Fundraising for Financial Aid

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  • Dinner and a live auction are part of Woodlands Academy's annual fundraiser, Congé. This year's event takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Glen View Club in Golf, Ill. Online bids for some auction items can be made at www.bidpal.net/Conge from April 7-13 and again from April 23-26.

      Dinner and a live auction are part of Woodlands Academy's annual fundraiser, Congé. This year's event takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Glen View Club in Golf, Ill. Online bids for some auction items can be made at www.bidpal.net/Conge from April 7-13 and again from April 23-26.

 
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Online bidding in April for silent auction items such as four VIP tickets to a Los Angeles taping of Conan O'Brien's TBS TV show is just one way of participating in the 41st annual Congé fundraiser, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart's largest campaign to support ongoing academic and student financial aid programs. Congé is derived from the French word for "play date."

A Chicago Blackhawks hockey stick signed by members of the 2013-14 team, a jersey autographed by Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs and gifts cards from a variety of area dining establishments also are included among the many silent auction items available for online bidding from April 7-13 and again from April 23-26.

For the latest up-to-date list of silent auction items, more information and to bid simply visit www.bidpal.net/Conge.

Online bids during the second bidding period can be made as the silent auction takes place at the annual Congé event which begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Glen View Club, 100 Golf Road, Golf, IL. Dinner and the program, including a live auction with a paddle raise for scholarship funds, begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $200 each and can be purchased on the Bid Pal website. Donations may be made online as well.

Partnership opportunities also are available as another way of supporting Woodlands' mission of educating young women in transformative ways. Major sponsors thus far include Geneva Advisors and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Ever since its founding, Woodlands Academy, an independent nonprofit college preparatory day and boarding school located in Lake Forest, has been committed to offering financial aid to qualified applicants who show evidence of need. These grants are used to offset tuition costs and do not require repayment. The money for these grants comes directly from the fundraiser and the school's budget and demonstrates the commitment to having a socio-economically diverse population.

For more information about Congé contact Woodlands Academy Associate Director of Advancement for Special Events Tami Rocha at 847-234-4300, ext. 226 or visit www.woodlandsacademy.org

Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is an independent Catholic college preparatory day and boarding high school for young women, and part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools that spans 19 cities in the United States and 44 countries around the world. A nonprofit, Woodlands Academy's identity is rooted in Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat's desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. For more information about Woodlands Academy, please visit www.woodlandsacademy.org

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