Howl at the Moon Fall Fundraiser & Social FAQs

Why Howl at the Moon?

This summer your PTO board worked hard preparing for an exciting school year. We look forward to helping support faculty and staff, engaging with students and families to provide educational and fun activities, and connecting parents so everyone feels welcomed into the St. John’s community. We want to avoid having the kids (and parents!) sell products and instead encourage people to come out, socialize, and most importantly have fun while raising money for our school! This is our MAIN fundraiser for the school year!

Are there any sponsorship opportunities for the Howl at the Moon Fundraiser?

Yes! We would love to have sponsors to cover our expenses for this event. Below are the sponsorship benefits. Please email stjohnslombardpto@gmail.com if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor. We are happy to provide tax letters for write-off purposes.

$250        Mention in the event program, school newsletter, and Facebook post.

$500        In addition to the above, reserved table for 8 closest to the performers, and a bottle of wine for the table.

What types of onsite fundraising will be at the event?

We will have a wine pull and more than 40 silent auction items! Some our items include $100 Gift Card to Bub City in Rosemont with four tickets to see Eli Young Band, Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks tickets, a golf foursome and so much more!

What’s a wine pull?

It’s a blind drawing where no matter what the buyer gets a bottle of wine. The donated bottles of wine are wrapped so the labels can’t be seen and then they are numbered. Individuals purchase a chance to pull a cork that is numbered and then receive the bottle of wine with the corresponding number. The price of our wine pull is $20 per cork and you are guaranteed to pull a bottle valued at $20 or higher. We already have two bottles values at over $75! Are you going to be one of the lucky winners?

How do I sign up for the event?

Sign up here!   https://goo.gl/forms/dSigR0OH9P2AAkk52

There are TWO registration options:

Seating for this event is organized by tables of 8. You can reserve an entire table or you can reserve space for a smaller party and we will do our best to seat you with others who have children in similar grade levels. If you go the latter route, you will receive an email the week of the email with a list of who will be at your table. This way, your table can coordinate food and beverages if they wish to do so prior to the event.

What if I have a group larger than 8?

We encourage you to aim to fill two tables for a total of 16 people and we can combine tables or place your tables close together. If you can’t quite fill two tables, let us know and we can help place people at your table.

What if I don’t have a group of 8?

Not a worry! Fill out the registration form (https://goo.gl/forms/dSigR0OH9P2AAkk52) and indicate how many people you want to sign up. The form will ask you to list out the grade your child(ren) are in and we will do our best to seat you with others with children in similar grades.

I want this fundraiser to be a huge success, how else can I help out?

This fundraiser will not be a success without the help from parents, faculty and staff. There are a number of ways that you can help:

  1. Donate a bottle(s) of wine with a retail value of $19.99 or higher. These bottles can be turned into the front office. Please label the wine with your name/business name and the value of the bottle. Our goal is 100 bottles of wine!
  2. Donate to the silent auction. Do you have the ability to secure a donation for our silent auction? We’re specifically looking for overnight hotel stays, timeshare opportunities, tickets to theme parks or other fun places, sporting or concert tickets, signed memorabilia, etc. Please email stjohnslombardpto@gmail.com if you are able to help.
  3. Volunteer for the event. Most of the event setup will take place on Friday, September 29 after school. Volunteers are also needed during the event to help with the silent auction, event check-in and wine pull. Finally, we would greatly appreciate volunteers to help tear down at the end of the night. Remember, many hands make light work! Email stjohnslombardpto@gmail.com to let us know you’re willing to help!

Can I invite people outside of St. John’s?

YES! ABSOLUTELY! PLEASE! We want to absolutely pack the place. We would love to see parents and teachers in attendance, but we also want to encourage you to invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers! This is going to be a fun night out for everyone! Just imagine all the great opportunities we can provide for St. John’s students and teachers by encouraging family, friends and our community to come spend money at this fun event.. Plus, this is a great way to show off our Eagle community to those with children :) Please share our flyers with friends and family and encourage them to attend!

Are we allowed to bring outside food and beverages?

Yes, we encourage you to do so! If you are a part of a table of 8, go ahead and start making plans. If you registered with less than a table of 8, you will be contacted the week of September 24 with the names and emails of those who will be seated at your table. Our hope is that your table will connect and communicate who will bring what for your table.

Are we glued to our tables all night?

Of course not! We want you to be up and moving. The Howl 2 Go performers are super engaging and we would love to see you up and dancing. The tables are the best way to ensure everyone has a seat to eat and/or rest throughout the night.

Can you tell me more on how the evening will run?

Doors open on Saturday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. Tables will be assigned prior to the event.. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., please free free to set up your food and beverages, visit with friends, check out our wine pull and amazing silent auction items! Lights will be turned down at 8:00 p.m. when the music starts. The band will play straight through until 10:30 p.m. when the event concludes.

I’ve never seen dueling pianos before, can you give me more information?

Dueling pianos is a form of entertainment, usually on stage with pianos , each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are prevalent. Usually most of the songs performed are rock and roll, classic rock, Top 40, R&B, or country played primarily by request. Requests are made by filling out their request form at the event. It does not cost anything to make a request and it is not a guarantee that your request will be honored, however most do. At times, when people are eager to hear their request, you can include a tip with your request to incentivize the musicians to bump your request to the top of the pile. It’s important to know that Howl at the Moon is donating all of the tip money back to St. John’s in support of our fundraiser. So if you want to hear a song, feel free to throw a couple bucks on there, knowing that money is going right back to our school.

If your question is not answered above, please email stjohnslombardpto@gmail.com.