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La Grange school to welcome back biennial fundraiser

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 

Contact: St. Francis Xavier at 708-352-0168

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