We are giving the students of Peterson Elementary more opportunities.


The Friends of Peterson is a fundraising organization. Its goal is to raise funds to help support the students and staff at Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School.


Beer for Books 3

Please join us for the Friends of Peterson’s 3rd annual Beer for Books

SATURDAY JUNE 10, 2017, 7 PM- 11 PM
Parking will be available at MB Financial Bank

Unable to make it? Donate today!

Enjoy food, drinks, & live music
You will be treated to live music, non-alcoholic beverages donated by Trader Joe’s, and wonderful food donated by Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club, El Carrito, Maison de Castelnau, Noon-O-Kabab and Tre Kronor. Friends of Peterson donors will also be able to enjoy beer and wine from Alarmist, Half Acre, Louis Glunz Beer, Breakthru Beverage, and Lentino Enterprises.

Gather with friends & neighbors
There will be many fun opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors and support Friends of Peterson through a silent and live auction, a wine grab, the Giving Tree and more. Tickets to this adults-only event are available for purchase for $25, and the price at the door will be $30.

Event Sponsors

Event Underwriters


Business & Organizational Donors

Alarmist Brewing
Bellissima Donna Salon & Spa
Between Friends Roasting Company
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club
Chicago Happy Faces
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Christiana Construction Crew
Chroma K8 Beautique
Davis Cleaners
Davis Theatre
Dille Designs
Donna's Flowers
Emerald City Theatre
Ensemble Español
Goldfish Swim School
The Grafton Pub
Great Lakes Tattoos
GT Prime
Harris Theater
Home Depot
Hot Chocolate Restaurant
Kaisa Dille Designs
Lake View Art Supply
Leif Landscaping by Abel Fernandez
Lettuce Entertain You
Lil' Kickers
Lillstreet Art Studio
Lincoln Square Athletic Club
Local Pizzeria
Lou Malnatti's

Messy Mini Masters
Metro Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
NEIU Campus Recreation Center
North Park Covenant Churck
North Shore Nannies
Northwestern Football
Old Irving Brewery
Parlor Art
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Pottery by Colleen
Pro-Holistic Care Physical Medicine
Savory Spice Shop
Spa City Nails
Starbucks on Foster
Steel Springs Fitness
Steppenwolf Theatre
Tea Rose Flower Shop
Timeless Toys
TWO Restaurant
Une Annee
Waking Dreams Studio
Watercolors by Sandra Trinter
Women & Children First
You Grow Girl! Fitness

Personal Donors

Amie Stachniak
Anita Gabor
Arielle Dachman
Ashley Riggio & David Adamji
Barbara & Nathan Nordund
Catherine Korda & Andrew Johnson
Catherine Rocca
Chuck Deters
Christina Godon
Diana Platt
Francis Hunt
James & Judy Edstrom
Jamie Rivas
Jendy Barnes
Kelly Ortigara
Karla Holcomb
Kate Kane & Dan Berg
Kathleen Hurley
Ky Dickens & Kaisa Dille
Lindsey Siemens
Lloy & Mark Johnston
Marilyn Pramschufer
Mark Brady & Krista Olson-Brady
Mary Karen & Rob Reynolds
Mary Daley & Hass Adamji
Megan & David Garr
Megan Trinter
Mike Weis
Niki Flores
Phil Wright
Rachel & Grant Bramley
Sarah Colella
Sarah Lammie
Tom Anderson


Success! The 5 for 5 Campaign made it's goal!

With the help of over 60 individuals, Friends of Peterson was able to reach its $5000 goal! With the generous $5000 matching donation, we will be able to purchase critically important literacy curriculum for our youngest struggling readers.

These leveled literacy interventions have been used during, before, and after-school programming at Peterson, and the positive results have been clear – students in the program improved their reading skills by an average of 15.5 points, as measured by the NWEA MAP Assessment.  In addition to these impressive results, many students were able to demonstrate increased confidence in their reading skills, and were able to begin reading at grade level for the first time.  Being able to expand these interventions, targeted at our youngest students, will have a positive impact on their academic lives for years to come. 

Thank you to all who helped make this possible!

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