Annual Giving

Every year, annual gifts are made to support our students, their families, and our staff. We cannot thank you enough for the immediate and powerful impact these generous gifts make to our school.

Our Annual Appeal

Each year, Hyde Park Day School asks alumni, parents, Board members and friends to make a gift to the Annual Appeal. Gifts to the annual fund provide the school with the flexibility in meeting immediate operating expenses and sustaining critical programs that provide the best educational option in the Chicagoland area for children who struggle with learning disabilities.

Gifts may be designated for:

  • General operating support
  • Scholarship
  • Other school-designated needs
The Annual Benefit Event

Hyde Park Day School’s annual benefit is a highly impactful event where parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the community join together for an evening of fun and philanthropy.

Proceeds from the event support The Bright Futures Scholarship Fund.

2020 Annual Benefit

We are postponing this year’s Gala to Friday, May 15 from the original Friday, April 3 date. The event will still be held at the beautiful new venue, Rockwell on the River, 3057 N. Rockwell, Chicago.

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, we will be honoring Executive Director Emerita of Hyde Park Day School, Dr. Pamela Adelman.  Proceeds from the Annual Gala support the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund, benefiting students whose family means would otherwise prevent them from accessing the specialized program that HPDS provides. You check out the current selection of Auction items at  You can buy your Gala tickets while you’re there!

Nearly 200 people attended our 2019 Gala for a fun and festive evening in support of the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund. Pictures from that event are displayed below.  Thanks to all who helped us make the evening a success!

Just a reminder: Donor Advised Funds cannot be used to purchase Gala tickets. They can only be used for the charitable portion of your gift.

Digital Ad Book

We are creating a digital ad book to be presented at the Annual Gala. We would love to include a congratulatory short message from you! The friendly messages will be displayed on a powerpoint during the gala. You can find the form here. Please submit forms by March 20, 2020.

Purchase tickets for the Gala

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

  • Dinner – Vanya and Mark Weglarz
  • Cocktail Hour – The McDermott Family
  • Cocktail Hour – Ted and Katie Karn
  • Auctioneer – Shaun Hartley and Michele Amatangelo
  • Dessert – Goddess and the Baker
  • Online Bidding System: Brian and Janet Hoffman
  • Media Sponsor – Sheridan Road Magazine


How to Support the Annual Benefit:

  • Volunteer on one of many committees
  • Check out the sponsorship opportunities and consider pledging your support
    • Some companies will match sponsorship donations; check at your office
  • Reach out to your favorite businesses and restaurants to obtain a great item for the auction
  • Buy tickets or a table for the event
  • Make a gift at the Paddle Raise
  • Donate a bottle of wine to the Wine Pull (accepting donations now at each campus)

Questions about the Annual Benefit? Please contact Maureen McCarthy at

Congratulations Dr. Pam!

This year, we are honoring our Executive Director Emerita, Dr. Pamela Adelman. Learn more about Dr. Pamela Adelman here.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Fund

We believe that financial ability should not prohibit students of average-to-superior ability, who have learning disabilities, the opportunity to receive an innovative and comprehensive education. HPDS’ Bright Futures Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to children in order to attend our school. Nearly one third of our students receive some type of financial assistance to attend Hyde Park Day School.

Support for the scholarship fund comes from a variety of sources, including parents, alumni and other friends. In recent years, we have designated all proceeds from the Annual Benefit to the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund.

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