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Peirce School Hopes To Raise $25,000 At Upcoming Benefit

d664b895-8de2-43ee-86c8-e93b0649267eJust in time for the end of summer comes Eggs for Kids, the sixth-annual event that, this time, will take the form of a brunch. It will benefit Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies on Aug. 30 at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St.

This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 for arts, music and after-school programs for students in pre-K through eighth grade. Peirce School is located at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Edgewater.

“These funds are critical to keeping our Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood school among the best in Chicago as well as supporting our International Baccalaureate (IB) program objectives,” Dave Tilson, president of the Friends of Peirce School, wrote in an email to EVB.

“The funds raised are even more important given the state of Chicago Public Schools’ financial situation,” he added. “Our goal is to insulate Peirce from that and not use it as an excuse (for) why we can’t give the Peirce administration and educators the resources they need to give the kids at Peirce the best educational experience possible.  The resources and programs we have collectively put in place thus far are world-class, and we are working hard to keep it that way.”

Along with an array of brunch favorites will be more than 12 beer pairings and specialty cocktails. Too early in the day for an alcoholic beverage? Then turn to Metropolis Coffee, which will offer coffee and espresso. The event that expects to seat about 350 people will also include a silent auction offering items from donors as well as gift cards and gift certificates from area restaurants and boutiques. So far, bid items will include a bike from Goose Island and rare beer items. The last seating will be at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are $40 online or $50 at the door. All advance tickets and online auction bidding can be purchased by going to www.friendsofpeirce.org/eggsforkids. All ticket holders must be 21 years old or older to attend.

Hoping to spend some time with friends without the benefit of a babysitter? Don’t worry. Eggs for Kids will be offering childcare for $10 per child or $20 per family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peirce School’s playground and fieldhouse. Childcare registrations are also available via the website and must be made by Aug. 23.

Eggs for Kids is being organized by the Friends of Peirce, a 501(c)(3) that is made up of dedicated parents, merchants and residents who are passionate about improving and fundraising for the neighborhood school.

Peirce supporters Michael Roper and Louise Molnar of The Hopleaf Bar, and Tony Dreyfuss of Metropolis Coffee, are an integral part of planning and organizing this event. Tilson added that community and active parent support have also been essential.

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