LA GRANGE – St. Francis Xavier's biennial auction will return to the La Grange community this April for an evening of music and fun.
FrancisPalooza – the school's largest fundraiser – will be held April 5 in the church parking lot, 124 N. Spring Ave.
Prior to the adult evening kick off, there will be a senior event and mass from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., along with an alumni event and school tour from 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The main event, beginning at 6 p.m., will include raffles, a live and silent auction and a performance by the Mini Reubens to close out the night.
Items in this year's auction include a California wine country vacation, a Chicago Bears skybox package and a 12-person Surf and Turf dinner by Tavern on Rush Executive Chef John Gatsos.
Tickets – which include food and an open bar – are $80 per person.
With more than 500 attendees at the 2012 event, an even larger number is anticipated this year, according to Stefanie Schodrof, a co-chair for the event.
"It's the passion of the community and families," Schodrof said.
FrancisPalooza – which returns every other year – raises money for classroom and building improvements, tuition assistance, technology upgrades and more.
Schodrof said it's all about supporting the school and creating a better environment for the students.
"There's such a heavy network and strong allegiance [to the school]," Schodrof said. "Everyone feels really good about putting in the time and effort towards something they believe in."
If you go:
What: St. Francis Xavier's FrancisPalooza
Where: St. Francis Xavier, 124 N. Spring Ave., La Grange
When: 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 5
Tickets: Available online at www.sfxauction.org
Contact: St. Francis Xavier at 708-352-0168