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7 days to Blast Off Party!

Canal Shores Golf Club

Central School Blast Off Party May 29th!

As a thank you for your support in Launching the Learning Commons, we invite you to join us for the Central School Blast Off Party. This will be a casual affair with beer/wine, live music and dancing all provided. Food trucks will be onsite for those who wish to purchase food (bring cash) and a cash bar will be available for mixed drinks. We will also have a live and silent auction with lots of great items to bid on.

 When and Where:

Friday, May 29th, 7:00 – 11:00pm

Canal Shores Golf Club (1030 Central Street, Evanston)


Rather than purchasing tickets to this event, we are asking that you make a donation to the Learning Commons as your entrance fee. Please click on the link below and you will be taken to a website where you can either select an item from the school’s wish list or you can use the “Donate” feature to input a donation amount. 100% of your donation will go to furnishing the Learning Commons and is tax deductible.



What are the details of the evening? The party will be held under a tent at our local Canal Shores Golf Club (rain or shine) from 7pm to 11pm on Friday May 29th. We will have beer and wine open bar, a live band (Dudley Fair, our beloved crossing guard and his band, South Boulevard), food trucks to purchase food and a cash mixed drink bar (please bring cash). There will also be a fabulous auction at the party with items including vacation homes and hotel getaways, sports tickets and paraphernalia, dining experiences, jewelry and so much more!  The live portion of the auction will begin at approximately 9 p.m. Even if you can stop by just for a short while, we hope you will come!


Where are we to-date in our fundraising efforts? The District is paying the majority of the costs for the Learning Commons and has asked the PTA to partner to raise $100k to outfit the space. We have raised approximately $40k prior to the parent party through bartending nights, teacher auction and children’s fundraisers. We are hoping that a mix of donations to the party and the auction will get us to our goal.


How do the Blast Off Party tickets work? Instead of a pre-determined ticket price (the risky part) we are asking for a donation through This link contains varying monetary levels of wish- list items that we need to furnish the Learning Commons. Your donation through this site is your entry ticket for you and a guest. This donation is both 100% tax deductible and 100% in support of the Learning Commons. It’s easy to donate online and any donation you make on this site becomes your ticket.


Why doesn’t the ticket donation include food and mixed drinks? When we began party planning we had a few objectives – keep costs low so 100% of your contribution can go to the school (and be 100% tax deductible), be casual and be inclusive. Therefore, we felt to meet these objectives we wanted a casual atmosphere with a great band, beer/wine with a la carte food/mixed drinks.


What is the expected donation for a ticket to the party? We feel that everyone has a contribution level they are comfortable with. We also know some have donated significantly to the other Learning Common fundraising efforts. With the objective of being inclusive as well as knowing everyone has his or her own personal threshold, we are not stating a number. We just would like everyone to contribute to participate.


Can Non Central Parents come? YES, YES, YES! This should be a fun party and would love any alumni, parents with children who eventually will enter Central or the greater community to come out in support of Central Elementary School.   Please pass on as they will need to donate for their ticket


How do I donate if I cannot make the party? We realize not everyone can or wants to come to the party, but we appreciate any donation from you. There are two ways to donate – you can still donate a tax-deductible cash donation via You will also be able to bid on the silent auction and sign up parties remotely – look for details later this week. Please also pass on these links to any non-Central families who may be interested in either too.

If you have an hour to spare….we will need a few volunteers to help with set up (Friday afternoon) and take down (Saturday morning) for the party.  Your help would be greatly appreciated! Click HERE to volunteer.