Sycamore Education Foundation

Take Root 2021 – Annual Fundraiser

We’re headed back to the barn!  Join us for our largest fundraising event of the year, Take Root, on September 11th 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Dayton Farms 17443 Old State Road, Sycamore, IL.  The evening will feature live entertainment from Live at Joe’s, dinner, open bar, silent auction, raffles and more!
We’re so excited to announce the theme of this year’s Take Root… Tailgate & Celebrate! Come on out for a good old-fashioned tailgate party! Show us your team spirit by rocking your favorite sports team (professional or college). You can also feel free to bring along folding bag chairs to set up your “tailgate spot” while you enjoy the evening’s entertainment.


Saturday, September 11, 2021


6:00 p.m. Doors open at Dayton Farms

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Dinner available through The Filthy Hog and Slow Smoke BBQ Food Trucks

7:00 p.m.  Live at Joe’s Performs

10:00 p.m.  Online Silent Auction Closes


Dayton Farms 17443 Old State Road in Sycamore


Thank you to our Take Root Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:
Silent Auction Sponsor:
Bar Sponsor :


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 contact Lauren Holtz at or 815.899.8264.

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

Thank you to this year’s silent auction contributors:

Kendra Scott
American Girl
Blackhawk Moving & Storage
MXVII Candle Co
Cave of the Mounds
Eli’s Cheesecake
Sycamore Police Department
Northern Rehab Physical Therapy
Buttonwood Coffee Co
Jodi Holtz
PRP Wine International
Oriental Trading Company
The Field Museum
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip
Chef Rudy Galindo
Allergies, Aches & Pains Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center, Ltd.
Pizza Villa
Ben Niemann
Kishwaukee College
Rustic Roots
Sycamore Family Sports Center
Bethany Animal Hospital
Chicago Wolves
Linda Fay
Shawn Lawrence
Kishwaukee Family YMCA
Steve Nelson
Jenn Madden Photography
Sycamore High School
North Grove Elementary School
Shop 427
Southeast School
Chicago White Sox
West School
Ideal Industries
North Grove School
South Prairie Elementary School
Chicago Cubs
Proactive Chiropractic and Laser Center
Blumen Gardens
Outmatched Gaming
Sycamore Middle School
Chicago Bears
Culver’s of Sycamore

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.  From 2020-2021, we awarded over $45,000 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