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Annual Benefit


A special thank you to all who attended, supported, and helped create this magical night for the SAA community. With the generous and passionate support of so many, our 2023 Annual Benefit raised critical funds for The SAA Scholarship Fund.


We couldn't have done it without... 

... the Annual Benefit guests who spent the evening with us and supported SAA by purchasing tickets, bidding on auction items, and raising your paddles! 

... the SAA Community who participated by bidding from home, purchasing auction items and raising their paddles for the SAA Scholarship Fund to support our mission!

... the Annual Benefit Co-Chairs Bert Guiterrez-Wynne and Swati Shah who were an integral part of this event from inception to execution. The Co-Chairs spent countless hours planning and organizing to ensure the event was not only a success, but an evening where our community could celebrate our students, faculty and families.

... the Sponsors and Donors who contributed to costs associated with the event, gave of their professional services, or donated goods and services for the event and auctions. 

... the Faculty and Staff who supported our Annual Benefit and Youth Event with great energy and enthusiasm, especially Cat Murray, Bethany Mullins and Monika Robinett.

... our Blue Horizon Award Honoree Phyllis Burks for her dedication to SAA’s mission and core values.

We thank all of you for your dedication to the SAA community!

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Thanks to your support, we were able to raise money for the SAA Scholarship Fund during the evening's much anticipated Paddle Raise! 

This generous support of the SAA Scholarship Fund will make a transformative impact on the lives of students. 

If you have not had a chance to participate in SAA’s Scholarship Fund, please help us give every gifted student the opportunity for an SAA education. 

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Youth Event Sponsors

Gary & Jodi Shakin

Teacher Table Sponsors

Peter & Magdalene Karampelas
Vered & Jeremy Kaufman
Alex Ro & Mina Ryu

Class Baskets

A special thank you to all of the families who donated their time and items for the class baskets!


Teacher Ticket Sponsors

Sanjeev & Neeru Arora
Jessica & Ajay Balaram
Suzanne Bish & J. Bryan Wood
Ana & Daryl Cura
The Daoud Family
Lin & Jianjun Fang
Auleen & Lika Ghosh
Eiran Feldman & Julie Goldberg
Erik G. Ford
Nick Georgakopoulos & Mary Lee Moore
Sonia Ivanova & Kaloian Kouzmanov
Mr. & Mrs. Kyle & Annie Gray
Hillari & Peter Jacobs
The Kessler Family
The Kloss Family
The Libel Family
Ana Marcyann
Alan & Jennefer Martin
The Rodriguez Family
Gavin, Ruijuan, Jeremy & Grace Wang
Linda Wu & Jun Tan​​



Ana Costello
Tajani Farhan
Annie Gray
Kruti Jain
Joanna Jarmoc
​Maggie Karampelas 
Stephanie Kloss
​Kerbie Neal 
Jodi Shakin
Lydia Youkhana 


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Science & Arts Academy GIfted Des Plaines Illinois  families at our 2023 Annual Benefit