Opening Doors

Annual Benefit & Celebration

About the Opening Doors Benefit & Celebration

An update about this year’s Opening Doors celebration. Out of concern for the safety of our school and community we have decided it best to postpone the September 30th event this year.

Although the planning for this event factored in several Covid mitigating strategies including limiting the size, holding it under a tent outdoors, and requiring vaccinations, the safety of our community continues to be our top priority.

For now, we decided to forgo a virtual or hybrid event. We are weighing if we will postpone the event for a later date or if we will proceed in another direction. We will communicate with you as soon as we have more information.

Thank you for understanding our trepidation to gather in-person and for continuing to support our Erie community.

Since opening our doors in 2005, our community has come together at the annual Opening Doors Benefit to raise funds to ensure the work we do continues. We hope to be able to gather again soon and apprecaite your continued support of our students and teachers.

Together, we foster the Habits of Heart, Mind and Work.

Save the date

Opening Doors Benefit Gala

Connecting The Erie Community

Erie Elementary

Evening of

Thursday, September 30, 2021

at Revel Motor Row

2400 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, Illinois 60616

Charter school

2021 Leadership Legacy Award

Dr. Halleh Akbarnia
2021 Leadership Legacy Award Recipient

Dr. Halleh Akbarnia organized her colleagues at IMPACT to host school-wide Covid-19 vaccine town halls and brought COVID-19 clinics directly to Erie Elementary for students, families, and the surrounding community. It is because of Dr. Akabarnia and IMPACT that we were able to safely open our doors this Spring to provide in-person learning support for our students. Dr. Akbarnia demonstrates the Habits of Heart, Mind and Work through her leadership, commitment and humanitarianism, not just with Erie but through her work at IMPACT and in the greater Chicagoland community.  

We are immensely grateful to you.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Sponsor Opening Doors

The Opening Doors Gala is made possible by generous sponsors in our community.

Learn more about sponsorship tiers.

Sponsorship tickets will be available starting on August 4th.

General admission tickets

Join us at the Opening Doors gala this year! We're looking forward to seeing your faces and celebrating Erie Elementary's accomplishments together with you. All tickets include beer and wine cocktails, live music, dinner, programming and a post-benefit biergarten.

Gala activities

Bid in the live auction, enter the raffle, or both! All proceeds benefit Erie Elementary programs. See details below:

Bid in the live auction

We've got some exciting one-of-a-kind live auction packages. Want a lakeside vacation or eager to go abroad? This year, we are thrilled to offer plenty of options for you and the whole family.

The Yes Please Package

The Yes Please Package

De-clutter and reorganize your closet with talented personal wardrobe stylist consultant Annie Barlow who will take you on a style edit and private shopping experience. The Yes Please, with personal stylist Annie Barlow will help you define your personal style, de-clutter your closet and help you find the perfect items to make you shine. This package includes an individualized shopping experience, a $250 gift certificate from FELT Chicago and lunch at Space 519's The Lunchroom. The Lunchroom focuses on vegetable forward, California-style cuisine, and places a heavy focus on locally-sourced ingredients. Space 519 features a finely edited assortment of women's apparel and accessories, clean apothecary, inspired home goods as well as unique books and gifts.

The Ravinia Live Music Package

The Ravinia Live Music Package

Enjoy music under the stars with your closest friends at the oldest and most acclaimed outdoor music festival in the United States: Ravinia. While you enjoy an evening of music under the stars.....stay tuned for more information, coming soon!

Friends & Family Lakeside Getaway Package

Friends & Family Lakeside Getaway Package

Spend a long weekend with friends or the whole family in late Summer or early Fall ata beautiful home in Lakeside Michigan. Nuzzled in the heart of harbor country and known for its great restaurants, wineries and breweries, this lovely home sleeps 16. Just steps to a private beach it has a private pool and hot tub.Wake up in the woods with fresh pastries and coffee, enjoy dinner with familyon the screened-in porch and savor sunsets with a glass of wine on the beach.But that's not all! This vacation getaway comes with a unique golfexperience! Enjoy a round of golf at the Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman,Minnesota.

Refresh. Reset. Renew. Package

Refresh. Reset. Renew. Package

The ultimate refresh package for all. Harmonize your home or office space with in-home interior design consultations and plant placement. An interior designer will help you reset your space with a custom furniture rearrangement and consultation, paired with an atmospheric refresh consultation and $1,000 in greenery from Plants Delivered Chicago brought straight to your door.

United Destination Getaway Package

United Destination Getaway Package

Where would you go on a dream holiday? An experience unlike any other, from mountain tops to sandy beaches, 2 First Class United tickets will take you to the holiday of a lifetime. Top it off with a luxurious stay at a Hyatt hotel. Enjoy romance, adventure and so much more. Make your dream vacation a reality!

The Royals-Only Golf Package

The Royals-Only Golf Package

Tee-up for a royal dinner and night on the town. Worthy of a royal court, this top-tier round of golf and gourmet dinner experience in Chicago is exactly the luxurious treatment you deserve. Enjoy 18 holes at the top tier private Royal Westmoreland Golf and Country Club in Chicago with 3 guests. Treat you and your friends to a table set for Kings! Invite your friends to a gourmet private dinner for 4 at Sophia Steak in Wilmette, or Pomeroy- opening soon in Winnetka.

Enter the raffle

This year we are raffling off tons of sports tickets. Go Cubbies! Go Irish! Check back here on August 4th to see the raffle items and purchase tickets.

4 100-level tickets to Chicago Fire game

CHI-CA-GO-FI-RE! - win 4 100-level seats to ANY Chicago Fire game.

4 front-row seats to Cubs game

Go Cubbies! Cheer on your Cubbies with 4 front-row dugout seats with VIP access.

4 VIP tickets to a Notre Dame football game

Fighting Irish! Cheer on the Fighting Irish with 4 VIP tickets to a Notre Dame football game.

4 VIP tickets to a Michigan football game

Go Blue! - win 4 VIP 50-yard line tickets to a 2022 Michigan football game at The Big House.

9/10 Hawaii, 9/17 Connecticut, or 8/29 U of I

Private wine tasting in Naperville

2 winners will enjoy a private wine tasting in Naperville with a Wine Advisor. Taste 6 bottles with a Wine Advisor for up to 18 people.

Draw from the wine pull

Pick from a range of wonderful wines - everyone is a winner! You have the chance to win several bottles worth over $100.

Opening Doors to strong futures

Erie Elementary relies on our annual benefit to continue opening the doors of possibility for children. Support from our community provides 1:1 devices for students, on-site social workers with deep ties to the community, trauma informed training for teachers and staff, top-tier dual language curriculum and professional development opportunities for staff. Because of supporters like you, we continue to provide extracurricular classes and clubs to every student including art, music, movement, gym, leadership, book club and so much more.

Our ability to implement the whole child approach, develop student and adult social and emotional skills, individualize education and meet students and families where they are draws directly to our ability to invest in high quality programming and staff who believe in our mission and vision.

We rely on your support to cultivate this environment where students are prepared for high performing secondary schools and firmly placed on a path to lifelong learning.

Support us in helping children achieve their fullest potential.


If you have any questions about the Opening Doors annual gala or would like to support Erie Elementary in other ways, please contact:

Erie uses the whole child approach.

Jaclyn Fierro

Director of Development

773-486-7161, ext. 103