Summer Sizzle 2019 - A hot time to raise big funds!


Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - (CHICAGO) - Big Joe’s in Lincoln Square was hopping on Saturday night when the Friends of McPherson hosted their annual “Summer Sizzle” event to benefit James B. McPherson Elementary school in Chicago’s Northside. Pushing room capacity— teachers, parents, community members, even the area’s newest alderman all came to show their support by purchasing raffle tickets, signing up for the Friends of McPherson’s abundant silent auction choices, and enjoying free wine and beer supplied as a donation from Big Joe’s . This year, the focus of the fundraiser was aimed towards their duly named campaign, “Upgrade: Make IT Happen!” a play on improving their IT technology needs in the building that have since started to go obsolete. Raising over $17,000 and going well into an evening that had threatened to douse the area with a blanket of rain, the Summer Sizzle was so hot that even if a rain storm had happened— it would have turned into steam on the street.

We want to thank the following individuals and businesses for their donations to the event (alphabetical order):

Altitude Trampoline Park - West Loop, Begyle Brewery, Bistro Campagne, Bit Space - Lincoln Square, Book Cellar - Lincoln Square, Bubbles Academy, Calo Restaurant, Celtica Gifts, Dovetail Brewery, Escape Artistry, Etta - Wicker Park, Field Museum Chicago, Gnome Brew - North Center, Ravenswood, Griffin Baron, Half Acre Beer Company, Hazel - Lincoln Park & Ravenswood, I9 Sports, Kristin Hamley/Dustin Grove, Lillstreet Art Center - Ravenswood, Lifeline Theater, Little Beans, Little Gym, Margie's Candies, Marmalade, Mr. Laske, Museum of Science and Industry, O'Shaughnessy's, Octavio Cantina & Kitchen, One River School of Art and Design - Lincoln Square, Principal Niko, Pure Barre - Lincoln Square, Puro Mundum, Ravenswood Nail, Reservoir, Rev. Billy's Chop Shop, Revolution Brewery, Roots Pizza & The Sixth, Sanford Weinstein, Schoolyard Tavern, Shedd Aquarium, Spacca Napoli, Spavia, Starbucks, Steve and Kate's Camp - at Bell Elementary North Center, Urban Athlete - Ravenswood and Lincoln Park, Whole Foods, Windy City Ninja - Bradley Place in North Center, Wolcott Tap, Wilco