Kurowski Donation

The Sycamore Music Boosters were presented a donation check from Stacey Kurowski at their recent monthly meeting. Stacey organized a Valentine’s Day Craft Fair at the Sycamore VFW which included 20 vendors and crafters along with a raffle. Stacey has a student in the music program and wanted to do something to show her support and help the music program, and chose to donate the profits of this event to the Sycamore Music Boosters. Stacey explains, “The music program has done great things for my daughter (socially and as a musician). This was my way of saying thank you and helping to make sure other students get to have the same opportunity. I also want to thank the amazing group of vendors that participated along with the Sycamore VFW for the use of their space.  Without them and the people that stopped in to shop we wouldn’t have been able to make this happen.”

Pictured here (L to R) is Sycamore High School Music Department Chair Scott Mertens, Stacey Kurowski, and Music Boosters Vice President Bob Atkins accepting this very generous donation. Bob Atkins comments, “The Sycamore Music Boosters is very thankful for this generous donation and the amount of effort and hard work Stacey put into this event. This gift will allow the Sycamore Music Boosters to continue to support the music programs for all of our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as to provide scholarships to those deserving Sycamore students continuing their music education in a college program.”

The Sycamore Music Boosters, a non-profit volunteer organization that supports all students in grades K-12, encourages others to consider making a donation and support the music program.  Future opportunities for additional donors are always welcome! Contributions in any amount may be given by individuals, families, local businesses, and even corporations. The Sycamore Music Boosters meet the third Thursday of each month in the Sycamore High School Library at 6:00 pm. Parents of Sycamore District music students are invited to join us at a meeting to find out about exciting fundraising events, and music program activities.  For more information, please contact Scott Mertens, Sycamore Music Department Chair, at, or Ken Olson, Sycamore Music Boosters President, at Additional information about the Sycamore Music Boosters may be found at

Raffle basket donations needed

On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the Sycamore Music Boosters will host a special night of jazz and classical music and savory treats and desserts entitled “A Note to Remember” from 7:00 – 11:00 PM at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Along with the great music and culinary delights, one of the highlights of the evening is a raffle of spectacular gift baskets and prizes created with the donations from our music families! We are asking our grade 4-12 music students to donate an item to add to our baskets to be raffled at the event.
We welcome items of all kinds and value! If you are looking for ideas, here are some items that have worked great in the past:

Sports tickets
College, professional and SHS Sport clothing
Sports posters and books
Musical DVD’s
iTune Cards
Theatre tickets
Lotions and Spa items
Musical scores or sheet music
Chocolates and sweet treats
Restaurant or movie gift certificates
(For adult beverages please do not bring to school – contact the number
below to arrange pick-up)

If you are able to contribute to the baskets or would like to donate an item for our raffle/silent auction, please give the item to your music instructor by Friday, January 30. Arrangements can also be made for pick-up if necessary. Contact Lori Grant, coordinator with any questions at 815-757-9895 or email her at . Tickets to this adult-only event can be purchased in the main office at the high school, Kar Fre Flowers, Northern Rehab, Ricaradis, and Sean’s Coffee House. Tickets are $25/person.