Annual Fundraiser 2018

Who's Staying for Dinner?
Thank you to everyone who supported our Annual Fundraiser, Who’s Staying for Dinner? Nearly 400 guests joined us for an incredible evening of entertainment, food and fundraising that showcased the best of our school and brought us together as a community! Whether you were at the event, bid on a live auction item, or purchased raffle tickets, we are so grateful for your support. The evening wouldn't have been possible without the time and talents of our incredible event chairs, Merritt DeWitt and Julie Zuckerman, the planning committee, Bernard Zell faculty and staff, event volunteers and sponsors, and all of our families.
We are thrilled to announce that this event raised over $248,000! This provides essential funding for initiatives including the expansion of our robotics program, the implementation of Classroom improvements to enhance the educational environment across the school, and the continued commitment to our Tuition Assistance and affordability initiatives. Your generosity will ensure that our school continues to develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.

Annual Fundraiser 2018 Video

Watch our 2018 Mitzvah Moment video to learn how our community supports our students!

Congratulations to Our Winners

  • VIP Parking - Rebekah Shalit
  • A Year in Chicago Sports - Ariadna Lanski
  • Apple Watch - Andrea Lenaburg
Mystery Box
  • Rachel Axelrod
  • Alison Leviton Ridner
  • Danny Zuckerman
Teacher Time Silent Auction
  • Ms. Jones: Bedtime Stories - Josh Hunegs
  • Ms. Kotler: Lunch & Movie - Matt Goodman
  • Ms. Aloni: Bedtime Stories - Jen Zorn
  • Ms. Gutman: Movie - Elizabeth Gonsky
  • Mr. Casper: Golf - Mandee Polonsky
  • Ms. Sherman: Wine & Bourekas - Candace Chesler
  • Ms. Lederer: A Special Day - Jennifer Robins
  • Mr. Kahn: Carpool Duty - Ellen Zickmann
  • Ms. Bolte: Loyola Women's Game - Miriam Lichstein
  • Ms. Mack & Ms Dominguez: Movie - Elizabeth Rosenthal
  • Ms. Rubin, Ms. Tumminello & Ms. Jones: Cookies - Tamar Jacoby
  • Morah Hagit: Shabbat Dinner - Kimberly Rubin
  • Ms. Cooper: Kids Triathalon - Jason Hirssh
  • Ms. Kaplan: Dessert Decorating - Jodi Cohen
  • Ms. Cohen: Bowling - David Blitstein
  • Ms. Levy: Personal Math Lab - Rebekah Shalit
  • Nursery Team: Eytzim - Rachel Geller
  • Nursery Team: Kochavim - Jamie Friedman
  • Ms. Citrin: Bedtime Stories - Jen Zorn
  • Ms. Bodnarskyj: Art Institute - Laura Gray
  • Adult Escape Breakout - Steve Levy
  • Kids Breakout Escape - Jennifer Robins
  • Ms. Lenaburg: Library Visit - Stacy Derby
  • Ms. Deradoorian: Bowling - Allyson Becker
  • Ms. Schraber, Ms. Schneiderman & Ms. Raisher - Michael Tumminello
  • Ms. Weinstein & Ms. Weil: Movie - Lori Silverman
  • Ms. Bloom: Shabbat Dinner - Laurie Baskin
  • Mr. Keitel: Pizza - Matt Goodman
  • Miss Crumb (Ms. Custer): Cookies - Merritt Dewitt
  • Ms. Breyer & Ms. Lyon: Zoo - Merritt Dewitt
  • Faculty/Student Pickup Game - Laurie Baskin
  • Ms. Altman, Ms. Alalli & Ms. Fertman: Israel - Stacy Derby
Live Auction
  • Chef Ben: Debbi and Aaron Cooper
  • Chef Ben: Merritt and Adam Dewitt
  • The Ellen Show: Marina and Morris Gershengorin
  • VIP Parking: Rebekah and Ilan Shalit
  • Watch What Happens Live: Howard and Tracy Ankin
  • Cubs First Pitch: Joelle and Norm Bilow
Event Chairs
Merritt DeWitt and Julie Zuckerman
Event Leadership Team
Leor Auerbach, Allyson Becker, Joelle Bilow, Diana Chamlin, Jodi Gruber, Tamar Jacoby, Rachel Klein, Jaclyn Kramer, Sheri Kromelow, Hillary Schneider,  Stephanie Shalit, Andrea Shashoua, Lindsay Yaffa.

Annual Fundraiser 2017 Video: All In for Bernard Zell

Watch our 2017 Mitzvah Moment video to learn how our community is All In for Bernard Zell!

Annual Fundraiser 2016 Video: BE AMAZING at Bernard Zell!

Watch our 2016 Mitzvah Moment video and learn what it means to BE CURIOUS, BE COURAGEOUS, BE KIND, BE AMAZING and BE INVESTED at Bernard Zell through the eyes of current students, alumnae and teachers.

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