Sycamore Education Foundation

Virtual Take Root – Annual Fundraiser

Take Root is going virtual! We are gearing up once again for our largest annual fundraiser and celebration of education that supports innovative educational opportunities for Sycamore Community School District 427.  But this year it’s going to look a bit different.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be more crucial than ever and feature a unique twist as we go “virtual” for the first time. The evening of events will include a pickup dinner, online silent auction and a LIVE program with local bands and student performances and guest interviews that will be broadcast on Spartan TV, YouTube and Facebook Live.

Click here to view Virtual Take Root LIVE from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. on  Saturday, September 12th!

Click here to view our silent auction– now live through 10 p.m. on September 12th.  


Saturday, September 12, 2020


4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Pick-up Dinner at Sycamore High School

7:00 p.m.  Virtual Take Root Program Begins

10:00 p.m.  Online Silent Auction Closes

Please note: Item pickup for the Silent Auction will take place on Monday, September 14th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m. – noon in the parking lot of the District’s Administration Building at 245 W. Exchange Street in Sycamore. If those times won’t work, other arrangements can be made.


We’re going virtual– tune into SpartanTV, Facebook or YouTube!


Thank you to our Virtual Take Root Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

American Realty

Banner Up Signs

Charley’s Video Gaming

Crum-Halsted Agency, Inc.

Curtis Barysenka Orthodontics

Dayton Farms

JRH Construction Corp

Office Hours

Resource Bank

Sauber Manufacturing Company

Swedberg Electric

The Law Office of Riley N. Oncken, P.C.

The Suter Company

Online Silent Auction

Through the funds generated from our online silent auction, we are able to support our teacher grants program each year.  We are so grateful to everyone who purchases these wonderful items and those who provide donations to make it happen.

Please consider supporting our event by donating gift certificates, merchandise or services.  In exchange, you will receive excellent community exposure and advertising.  Your company name will be featured prominently in our online auction system and your business will be recognized on our website and through our social media.   All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be sent upon request.  To donate, please click here to fill out our silent auction form.

Please check back at a later date to view all the silent auction packages available.  

Thank you to this year’s silent auction contributors:

Le Print Express
Taxco Mexican Cuisine
The Dirty Bird 815
BJ’s Decorating
Allergies Aches & Pains Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center
Kishwaukee College
Northern AXEposure
MXVII Candle Co
SciTech Hands on Museum
Lou Malnati’s
Sweat Fitness Studios
Kohl Children’s Museum
Northwestern Athletics
Patel Family Dental
Sycamore Police Department
The Field Museum
Ollie’s Frozen Custard
Luxe Salon
Maria’s Little Italy
Shining Moments Photography
Sycamore Park District
Fogo de Chao
Nat’s on Maple
Pizza Villa
Outmatched Gaming
Rustic Roots Sycamore
Blumen Gardens
Lizzy’s Pink Boutique
Northern Rehab Physical Therapy
Kishwaukee Family YMCA
Luke Pritchard Video & Photos
Kevin & Jennifer Parsons
Buttonwood Coffee Co
North Grove School Association
Culver’s of Sycamore
Steve and Pam Nelson
Sharon Holmes
PRP Wine International
DeKalb County Community Gardens
Steve and Michelle Wilder
Office Hours
Ferrara Candy Company
Ideal Industries
Shawn Lawrence
Egg Haven Pancakes & Cafe
SMS Art Department
JenMadden4 Photography
Michelle Ibarra
Andie Lewey
Jodi Holtz
Allie Hofer
Todd Madden
Laura Gilmore
Kishwaukee Country Club
Joe McCormick
Sub 70
Ellie Peterson
Service Now Home Services
South Prairie PTO
North Grove Elementary School
West Elementary School
Southeast Elementary School
North Elementary School
Sycamore Middle School PTO
Chicago Bears

Purchase Your Tickets for a Pick-up Dinner

Just because we won’t be able to gather at Dayton Farms this year, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a delicious meal together!   In true Take Root fashion, we’re once again teaming up with Catering by Diann to bring you some of our favorite comfort foods.  Tickets cost $15 per meal, and you can pickup without leaving your car at the Sycamore High School circle driveway on Saturday, September 12th from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Please pre-order your meal ahead of time by purchasing a ticket online.  The deadline for pre-orders is Monday, September 7th. Only a limited number of meals will be available at the door.

All meals include baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll with butter and a chocolate chip cookie.  Here’s the options to choose from….

  •  7/8 oz porkchop
  • 1/2 slab of ribs
  • 1/4 chicken
  • Mac & cheese

Click here to purchase your tickets!

Sponsorship opportunities available!

This event enables us to raise funds to support innovative educational opportunities for Sycamore Community School District 427.  During the past school year, we awarded over $35,000 in grant funds.  The funding of these grants was due in large part to our Take Root sponsors and partners.

Will you consider supporting our mission of enhancing educational opportunities for Sycamore students by committing to a sponsorship?

To reserve your sponsorship opportunity or if you have any questions, please contact Lauren Holtz, SEF Executive Director, at or 815-899-8264.

View Sponsorship Packages Available

Alumni Reception

With this year’s awards ceremony cancelled amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored
in-person alongside next year’s class at the 2021 awards ceremony, set for September
2021. The recipients will be featured in a special segment during the Virtual Take Root
program.  To learn more about this year’s honorees, click here.

View photos from past years!