Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, donors
and organizers for throwing a wonderful party to celebrate OPEF’s 25th
anniversary and raise funds for its programming. A big shout out to OPEF
Board Fundraising Chair Karen Daily, as well as our two dynamite new
event chairs, Auction Chair Lisa Kitzman, and Dinner Chair Karen
Anderson. Thank you also to the smart and hard-working auction
committee: Annette Coffee, Carrie Cotter, Wendy Giardina, Heidi Groulx,
Talley Hann, Stephanie Kiesling, Sophia Lyman, Julie Mann, Kandy
Shapiro, Inga Simitz, Rhona Taylor, Gina Ulrich, Tracy Wilson, and Kim
Wojack. Many thanks go to our dynamic and funny emcee and auctioneer,
Mark Bazer,

It really does take a village!  Many donors and
local businesses helped to make the event a success, including our
presenting sponsor Marion Street Cheese Market, community sponsors
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest and Lakeview Bus Lines, and our
supporting sponsors PMA Financial Network, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer,
Rodick & Kohn, and Precision Controls.
Thank you to our generous auction donors:
Tom and Deb Abrahamson
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Ahimsa Yoga Studios
Amanda Sudimack and Artisan Events
Arlington Race Track
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Ken and Tammy Barrett
Big Guys Sausage Stand
Bodhi Thai
Book Table
Bounce Sports
Buzz Café
Careful Peach
Catch 35
Chicago Opera Theatre
Chicago Teacher
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Wolves
Code, Play, Learn
Competitive Foot
Cooper’s Hawk Winery
Carrie and Matt Cotter
Craig’s Shoes
Dailey Method
Karen Daily
DeeDee and Edee
Barbara Di Eugenio and Milos Zefran
Dominican Univ. Performing Arts
Dynamic Chess
Ebert Studios
Scott Eddy
Edwardo’s Natural Pizza
Andrea Edwards
Melissa Elsmo
Fast Frame
Fitness Formula Club
John Flanagan
Frame Warehouse
Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory
The Gage
Dave and Wendy Giardina
Jill Kramer Goldstein
Green Home Experts
Gloria Groom
Heidi and Jeff Groulx
Mary Beth and Phil Hausken
It’s A Sign
Mary Ann and Dan Jordan
Gretchen Junker
Karl’s Craft Soup
Kids Science Labs
Eric Larson
Kris Kotte, Bon Appetit Management
Lake Theatre
Legacy Sports
Bonnie and Dan Lempa
Let ’em Play
Lincoln Girl Scout Brownie Troop 40617
Lou Malnati’s
Mann Girl Scout Troop 41533
Marion Street Cheese Market
Dennis and Mary Ann Marks
Jeff Mauro
Maya del Sol
McAdam Landscaping
Cary McLean, Designs for Living
John Milan
Scott and Julie Moller
Museum of Science & Industry
Steve and Laurie Nations
New Rebozo
New Rose Catering
Jill Niewoehner
Marty and Mary Lou Noll
Tom and Gwen O’Loughlin
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Oak Park Jewelers
Old Town School of Folk Music
OPEF Board
Rosa Ordaz
Panera Bread
Parenthesis Family Center
Lisa Parker, NBC Chicago
Radio Flyer Inc.
Red Hen Bread
The Replays
Gina Robbins
Room & Board
RTS Packaging
School of Rock Oak Park
Stephen and Mary Jo Schuler
Dan Seltzer
Scratch ‘N Sniff
Sen Sushi
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Sonya Gilbert Photography
Steve Stanard
Benjamin Stark
Steppenwolf Theatre
Sugar Beet Coop
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest
Tasty Dog
The Tennis & Fitness Centre
Three Queens Maple Syrup
Trader Joe’s
Cindy and Peter Traczyk
Mark and Bernadette Trinka
United Center
Louis Vuitton
Chris Ware
Whole Foods Market
Kim and Bruce Wojack
Sallie Wolf
Writers Theatre
Phil Yarrow
Special Thanks to:
Racine Danish Kringle & the Heyer Family
Prints on Chocolate
Productive Displays, Inc.