Business Outreach 
Know or own a local business willing to help? Here are two ways in which community vendors can contribute:

  • Business Sponsorships: Businesses give a tax-deductible monetary donation at either the gold ($750) or silver ($500) level and receive different advertising opportunities (and our endless gratitude!).  DOWNLOAD THE BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP FORM HERE.
  • Silent Auction Donations: Businesses make a tax-deductible donation of a product or service (examples include: gift cards to restaurants, stores, and other services; tickets to sporting events or shows; in-kind items) to include in our silent auction (and also receive our endless gratitude!). ​DOWNLOAD THE SILENT AUCTION DONATION FORM HERE.

Event Day Support

​The Gala is sponsored entirely by the HSA PTA and our community. We rely on parents for day of support from set up to clean up, and everything in between. Please sign up to help! GALA VOLUNTEER SiGNUP

Questions? Contact:
Erica Ashlock:
Christine Lee:

All About Parent-Hosted Events

What Is a Parent-Hosted (Signature) Event? Each year we encourage parents to host an event or party, either for students, other parents or families, that the HSA community can bid on during the silent auction and gala. One or more parents comes up with an event theme, picks a date/time/location and submits details using the form below. It's a great way to get kids together outside of school hours or meet other parents - all while having fun and supporting our school! 

What Kind of Event Can I Host? The possibilities are endless! Past ideas have included:

Events for Kids

  • Ice Cream Playdate
  • Kindergarten Princess Party
  • Magic Show (K-5th Grade)
  • Ice Skating Event for Kindergarten-2nd Grade
  • 1st Grade Boys Kickball & Sundaes
  • 1st Grade Girls Movie Night
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Cookie Decorating Party
  • Afternoon of Science
  • Bowling Party
  • Video Game Truck
  • Madden Football X-Box Tournament
  • Dodge, Dunk & Dine
  • Acting Out Chicago Improv Class for 5th & 6th Graders
  • ComedySportz Family Improv Comedy

Events for Parents

  • Moms' Wine Tasting with Sommelier
  • Exercise Class: Boot Camp & Brunch
  • Cake Decorating
  • Cupcakes & Cocktails
  • Dads' Final Four Party
  • Greek Fest
  • Mexican Family Cooking Class
  • Mom's Mixology
  • Moms' Spa Night
  • Red & White: Dads' Blackhawks Viewing Wine Party

What Details Do I Need to Know? It's important to note that all costs associated with the event are paid for by the host individual/families. Also, at least one sponsor for student events must be a Level 1 volunteer

How Do I Bid on an Event? During the silent auction and at the Gala, parents will have the opportunity to sign up for these parties. Each party has a “ticket” fee, with all fees going back to HSA. As the date of the event approaches, the host will be in touch with the guests who signed up, with all of the details they need about the event.

Want more information or ready to host? Sign up electronically HERE or download PARENT-HOSTED EVENTS FORM HERE.

Thank You for Supporting the Gala!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the 2022 Hawthorne Gala! More details to come, including final numbers, but we wanted to send our gratitude to attendees, volunteers, teachers/parents who donated signature events, and to those who couldn't come but supported our school online!

If you didn't yet get a chance to participate, you can still give a donation on GiveSmart! Thanks  for helping to support our school. If your company is able to offer a match, please keep us posted!


A live auction with an auctioneer will be held at the event to bid on bigger, incredible items all donated by our HSA community and local businesses. In the past items have included:

  • Tickets for entertainment and cultural events (eg, theater shows, concerts)
  • Vacation getaways
  • Unique experiences via access to the inaccessible (eg, behind-the-scenes tours, signed memorabilia)
  • Private dining/restaurant experiences 
  • Sports tickets and outings (eg, golf outings, Cubs, Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, college team tickets)

Items have included donations and gift certificates from restaurants, pet groomers, hair/nail salons, gyms, kid activity locations, local photographers, boutique shops and many more! The online silent auction runs the week of the gala, and closes at the end of the weekend. Attendees at the gala can bid on items there as well.

The gala-also includes options to bid on amazing parent- and/or teacher-hosted events. Teacher-sponsored events for students are a HUGE hit; to bid on these events, you will need to be present at the event. See below for how to host or participate in parent-sponsored events!