Sycamore Education Foundation

Sycamore Education Foundation Hosts Virtual Take Root Fundraiser

The Sycamore Education Foundation (SEF) will host its annual fundraising event, Take Root, on Saturday, September 12, 2020.  However due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year it will feature a virtual twist.  The evening of events will include a pickup dinner, online silent auction and a live program with local bands, student performances and guest interviews that will be broadcasted on SpartanTV, YouTube and Facebook Live.  SEF is pleased to announce IDEAL Industries as the presenting sponsor of Virtual Take Root.  

“The Sycamore Education Foundation supports innovative educational opportunities for Sycamore Community School District 427,” said Lauren Holtz, SEF Executive Director.  “This fundraising event enables us to raise money to fund our grants program annually.  During the past school year, we awarded over $35,000 in grant funding to support Sycamore schools.”

The pick-up dinner will be held at the Sycamore High School circle drive from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Meal tickets cost $15 per person provided by Catering by Diann.  Dinner options include: porkchop, half slab of ribs, chicken, or mac and cheese.  The deadline for pre-orders is Monday, September 7th. Only a limited number of meals will be available for purchase after that date.

The live program will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on SpartanTV (Comcast Channel 14), YouTube and Facebook Live. Performances from local bands will include: Back Country Roads, Mathey Music, Company Men, E. Norm & Us, Dreadnaughts and more.  The program will also feature a segment honoring the 2020 Sycamore High School Distinguished Alumni: Ken Mundy, Jeanne Malanti and Dr. James McCarter.  

To purchase pick-up dinner tickets or register for the online silent auction, visit  For more information on the event, please click here.