Announcing Raffle for the Kids Prizes

By Ashley Christensen, MEF Auxiliary Board Member 

The Midtown Educational Foundation’s annual Summer Rooftop Soiree is fast approaching and with the help of MEF’s Auxiliary Board, raffle donations are pouring in. From tickets to the Joffrey Ballet to a $150 Lettuce Entertain You gift card, success is an understatement. So far, MEF has received over 50 donations, including two $75 Uber gift certificates, a $150 gift card to Seasons 52, $200 to the men’s outfitting service Trunk Club, and a tasting menu for two at Piccolo Sogno Due.

Donations were solicited from board members’ contacts, locations they frequent in their neighborhoods, and some eager and tenacious members even made cold calls. Eason Hahm was one such board member who felt comfortable making these calls, including one to Casper Mattresses, a new start-up out of New York City who donated a brand new mattress complete with a sleep kit containing a lavender eye pillow, tea, and sleep balm.

Raffle prizes will be organized into packages similar to last year’s such as Chicago Staycations, the Ultimate Sports Package, Extreme Makeover, and Fun for Foodies.

In addition to the dynamic prize packages, everyone will be eager to hear who wins the $5,000 Grand Prize!

Tickets are on sale now on the Soiree & Raffle event page and at the May 28 Soiree. Anyone can buy tickets in advance to win the $5,000 Grand Prize, but only guests at the event will be able to buy tickets to enter to win the prize packages.

The Auxiliary Board wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the donors and sponsors of the raffle so far:

  • Art Institute: Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Auditorium Theatre: two complimentary tickets to the performance of Jake Shimabukuro and the City Lights Orchestra in June
  • Baskets of Esse, Garnier, L'Oreal and Maybeline products
  • Beatrix: $25 gift certificate
  • Bucktown Athletic Club Package
  • Casper Mattress Sleep Kit: Contains a lavender eye pillow, tea, sleep balm, and a gift card good for one Casper mattress in the size of their choosing
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens Experience for four
  • Chicago Bulls: 2 Club Level tickets to a 2015-2016 season weeknight game
  • Chicago sports gift basket
  • Core Power Yoga: two gift baskets
  • Cubs tickets
  • Drury Lane Theatre tickets
  • East Bank Club: 2 guest passes & $50 to Maxwells
  • Exhale: pack of classes
  • Girl Scout cookies and swag
  • Golf passes to Chicago Parks District Golf Courses
  • Half-Acre Brewery Tour: Tour for 8-10 people, given by one of the co-founders
  • Irazu: $50 Gift Card
  • Joffrey Ballet: signed pointe shoe with bio of one of the Joffrey dancers as well as a voucher for two tickets for the fall program, Sylvia
  • Kendra Scott Alexandra Earrings in Colbalt
  • Lagunitas Sip & Spill Package: 1 case of their signature IPA, 2 Custom Mason Jars to drink it out of and more
  • Lettuce Entertain You: $100 gift certificate
  • Macy's: $25 Gift Card
  • Mariano's: $100 gift card to Mariano's
  • Maxine Salon: certificate for cut and style
  • MCL BYOB Comedy Club: 4 tickets
  • Merle Reskin Theatre: 4 tickets to a Chicago Playworks performance
  • Pampered Chef: assortment of kitchen items
  • Pearl Tavern: $50 gift card
  • Piccolo Sogno Due: tasting menu for two
  • Plum Market: $50 gift certificate
  • Radisson Blu: one night stay
  • Sage Frame from Sage Vertical Gardens
  • Salon Blue: haircut, style & make-up session
  • Seasons 52: $150 gift card + free flatbread certificates for each guest
  • Spirit Cruises: two tickets to river cruise or architecture tour
  • The Kitchen: two seats to a community night dinner
  • The Yoga Boutique: 1 month unlimited yoga, pilates, and fitness classes
  • Trunk Club: $200 gift card
  • Uber: two $75 gift certificates
  • Vineyard Vines tie
  • White Sox tickets