WEST ROGERS PARK — A signed Patrick Kane jersey, a Barbecue 101 cooking class and a day with Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) are just a few of the more than 100 donated items Stone Scholastic Academy plans to auction off to raise money for after-school arts programs.
Bidding starts online Wednesday until a final silent auction event March 4 at Raven Theatre in Edgewater, said Lori Switzer, co-president of Friends of Stone Academy.
Although the group has held five auctions in years past, this will be the first one conducted online.
Switzer said last year's auction raised about $11,000. Money raised from the auctions goes to pay for after-school programs and other events for students, she said.
Switzer, who has two children attending the school, said the money would be especially helpful after Chicago Public Schools slashed school budgets last year.
"We definitely were not exempt form any cuts," she said.
Other items include a day with the alderman at City Hall; a $25 gift card to Superdawg Drive-In; four tickets to the "Steve Harvey" show; a hand-drawn rendering of Stone Academy; an autographed jersey from Cubs pitcher James Russell; and a cooking class for two at Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse.
All items can be seen here.