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Fundraiser helps homeless students in D211

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  • Attendees gather at the 2016 RAH fundraiser. Since 2011, the group has raised more than $190,000, with funds being donated directly to the D211 Foundation.

    Attendees gather at the 2016 RAH fundraiser. Since 2011, the group has raised more than $190,000, with funds being donated directly to the D211 Foundation.
    Courtesy of REALTORS Against Homelessness

 
Submitted by REALTORS Against Homelessness

Northwest suburban-based REALTORS Against Homelessness will host its seventh annual fundraiser to benefit homeless D211 high school students Thursday, Nov. 16, at Chandler's Banquets in Schaumburg.

RAH is made up of 10 local Realtors who became aware of the rising number of homeless high school students attending D211 high schools and chose to do something about it. Since officially forming in 2011, the group has held yearly fundraisers and raised more than $190,000.

Funds are donated directly to the D211 Foundation, which allocates assistance to homeless students in-need through school counselor referrals. RAH is an affiliate of the D211 Foundation, which is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

"These funds assist students, despite being homeless, to be able to stay in the same school and continue with the same activities, community and friends, and therefore to have a better chance to succeed," said Maria Radwan, one of the founding members of RAH.

"We raise funds to help minimize educational disruption for homeless youth by providing stability during a period of instability."

Funds assist with housing, transportation, school supplies, activities, events and other personal needs.

The fundraiser will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Chandler's Banquets, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, and will feature raffles, live and silent auctions.

Local band 7th heaven will provide live entertainment from 7-9 p.m. during the event.

Tickets purchased before Thursday, Nov. 9, are $50; $60 if purchased after that date. They include heavy hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

RAH members include Gail Bergstrom, Nick Blesz, Sandie Bobus, Maureen Brand, Randy Brush, Cindy Eich, Marty Eich, Sue Gould, Maria Radwan and Basel Tarabein.

Township High School District 211 serves the communities of Palatine, Inverness, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and portions of Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington, Hanover Park, Streamwood, Elk Grove Village and Roselle.

High schools include Palatine, Fremd, Schaumburg, Conant and Hoffman Estates, and North Campus and Higgins Ed Center, both alternative schools.

Visit RAH211.com to purchase tickets and for information about sponsorships. Additional information about this fundraiser and RAH can also be found at D211foundation.org.

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