The 23rd annual Staszak Gala on March 18 was a great party and successfully raised funds for OPEF’s free in-school programs. This year’s gala took place at our gorgeous new venue, the Columbus Park Refectory. Many thanks to our fabulous attendees, sponsors, and donors for supporting this event and Oak Park public school kids.

This was our first gala with our new Executive Director, Tracy Dell’Angela Barber and we were thrilled to premier our new OPEF video, “Hands On, Minds On.” We also honored our now retired, long-time Executive Director, Deb Abrahamson with a special tribute paddle raise which was a huge success.

A big shout out to OPEF Board Fundraising Chair Carrie Cotter, event co-chairs, Kandy Shapiro and Andrea Lofgren, and their band of smart and hardworking auction committee members: Wendy Giardina, Stephanie Kiesling, Julie Mann, Inga Simitz, Gina Ulrich. and Cindi Cioppa.


Check out the fun with these great photos!

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