Woodlands Academy's Congé fundraiser a 'Global Odyssey'

 
Submitted by Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
Updated 4/27/2018 8:35 AM
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  • Woodlands Academy board of trustees Chair Barbara Wood-Prince of Lake Forest, second from left, joined by her daughter Wendy Wood-Prince of Lake Forest, left; husband Alain; and daughter Sandy Collins of Wilmette, right, at Congé 2017.

    Woodlands Academy board of trustees Chair Barbara Wood-Prince of Lake Forest, second from left, joined by her daughter Wendy Wood-Prince of Lake Forest, left; husband Alain; and daughter Sandy Collins of Wilmette, right, at Congé 2017. Courtesy of Woodlands Academy

In recognition of the school's newest Center for Global Studies offering, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart's 45th annual Congé is taking a "Global Odyssey" on Saturday, April 28, at the Glen View Club, 100 Golf Road, Golf.

Dinner and drinks at this fundraising event will have an international flair, and there will be a photo booth where attendees can have a picture of themselves taken in front of iconic sites from around the world.

The event will begin with cocktails and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program, including a live auction, and then a nightcap called "Après Soiree" -- a mix of coffee, desserts and liqueurs -- at 10 p.m.

A new program feature this year will be the presentation of Woodlands Academy's inaugural Above and Beyond Volunteer Service Award to Chris Denniston of Lake Bluff.

Live auction highlights include a ride in a World War II biplane; a Wrigley Field skybox experience; a Cubs "dream day"; a Chicago Bulls skybox experience; a Zamboni ride at a Blackhawks game; a Michigan lakefront home for one week; a Captiva home for one week; and a private Mass in the winner's home celebrated by Monsignor Velo.

The silent auction will feature Elton John concert tickets; an aerial drone view of the winner's home; a personal chef for one day; a Woodlands Academy parking spot; a front row pew at Woodlands' 2018 graduation; an Art Institute tour and lunch at Arts Club; and a Goat Hop progressive dinner for six.

Tickets are $250 each and can be purchased online at www.bidpal.net/conge18. In addition, online bids for some of the silent auction items can be made on the website before the event.

New this year is the CongéCash Raffle with a prize of $2,500. Tickets are $100 each or three for $250, and can be purchased online.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available as another way of supporting Woodlands Academy's mission of educating young women in transformative ways on its Lake Forest campus.

Congé, derived from the French word for "play date," is one of the major fundraising events supported annually by the Woodlands Academy Parent Association, Alumnae Parents Connection and local alumnae.

This year's Congé theme honors yet another first for the Woodlands Academy Center for Global Studies. Global Odyssey, an all-school immersion experience, will allow students to participate in an international exchange, to travel abroad on a group trip, or to attend a class with a global focus.

Global Odyssey's debut follows the spring 2017 graduation of Woodlands' first Global Scholars, who completed work on global issues in addition to regular graduation requirements.

For more information about Woodlands Academy, visit www.woodlandsacademy.org.

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