One of the greatest gifts we can give today’s children is a strong education that will help ensure they have the tools to succeed as adults. In Woodstock we are fortunate to have a public school district that cares deeply about providing children with a vibrant learning environment both today and in the future.

The District 200 Education Foundation was begun in 1993 with the mission to enhance the educational opportunities for D200 students through financial support for teacher and staff projects. With this mission in mind, in the past 25 years the Foundation has awarded over $610,000 in impact grants to support enrichment activities and classroom tools which otherwise may not have been possible.

The 2019 D200 Education Foundation Dinner / Auction will once again be held at the Woodstock Harley Davidson on Route 14.

John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart Band begins at 9PM following the live auction.

New This Year 
On-Line Bidding!

Bring your smart phones and iPads to participate in our silent auction. (support staff will be available to place bids for those not having available devices) This will allow for quicker checkout at the end of the evening . WiFi Available

Auction items will begin to be available for viewing on February 2nd. Event tickets and auction item viewing are available HERE

Appetizers and Dinner will be catered by The Pubic House of Woodstock.

On February 9, 2019 we will be holding our 25th Annual Groundhog Dinner/Auction at the Woodstock Harley-Davidson Store. The foundation board is very grateful to Woodstock Harley-Davidson for again making their facility available to us. The Dinner/Auction is the prime source of fundraising that makes the yearly Impact Grants possible. We invite you to support the mission of the Education Foundation in one or more of the following ways:

  • Join us for the fundraiser on February 9. Ticket prices are $60/person through February 1. $65/person after February 2. 
  • Purchase a reverse raffle ticket for $100
  • Donate an item for the silent/live auctions. This year attendees and supporters unable to attend will be able to bid online for silent auction items using GiveSmart.
  • Place an advertisement in the event program:
    • Half-page $500 ; Quarter-page $250 ; Business card $100
      Please mail check to
      D200 Education Foundation
      PO Box 172
      Woodstock, IL 60098
      Email Ad Image to
  • Become an Event Sponsor:
    • Platinum Sponsor ($5,000 donation) Will receive a complimentary table at the event for ten guests; feature logo on the GiveSmart online software being used at the event; a full-page ad in the event program; an event banner; and acknowledgement as a major Foundation sponsor in 2019 promotions
    • Gold Sponsor ($2,500 donation) Will receive four complimentary tickets to the dinner; feature logo on the GiveSmart online software being used at the event;  a full-page ad in the events program; and be listed on an event banner
    • Silver Sponsor ($1,000 donation) Will receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner; a half-page ad in the event program; and be listed on an event banner

Tickets are now available on-line ! $60 per person through February 2nd. Price increases to $65 after.

Interested in helping out at the event? We are looking for help on our setup and clean up crews the evening of the event. If you are interested, please sign up by clicking the button below.

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Please feel welcome to contact Billie Cornell with any questions you may have about the Foundation or to offer your support. Billie can be reached at or 815-354-6719.

Many Woodstock residents explain our hometown to people they meet with a question.  “Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day”?  The film, of course, was shot in Woodstock in 1992.  What you may not know is that Columbia Pictures and the producers of the film made a donation that resulted in the formation of the District 200 Education Foundation.

The film group donated hundreds of props and valuable items used in and on the film to District 200.  A group of citizens formed the District 200 Education Foundation, and auctioned the donated items resulting in a nest egg that has been used to fund programs to benefit thousands of our students for more than 25 years.


The Foundation, operated by a volunteer board of trustees, organizes events and fundraisers to help add to the initial funds and continue the process of supporting school programs.  Each year the Foundation holds a major fundraiser on or around Groundhog Day, and in fall distributes funds to support projects as requested by District 200 staff members.  Annually we support D200 staff and programs through D200 Education Foundation Impact Grants that allow for expanded programming and enhanced educational experiences for district students.