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I’m excited for a party! What should I expect at Ravenswood Event Center?

  • Great food & drinks: Heavy appetizers starting at 7pm, and an open bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks

  • Fun games of chance: Lucky Viking, Heads-or-Tails and Viking Vino

  • Silent auction, live auction, Fund-a-Need paddle raise

  • DJ music and dancing

  • Lots of opportunities to connect with the amazing Viking community!

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON TIMING: Be sure to arrive by 7:30pm at the latest so you don't miss any of the action!


What should I wear?

We’re calling it “Friday night casual,” but we can’t wait to see you no matter what you wear!


What's the parking situation at Ravenswood Event Center?

We encourage guests to take ride shares or public transportation. There may be some parking out front on Ravenswood and on nearby side streets, but typically there is also ample metered street parking on Irving Park.

What’s the difference between the online silent auction and the live auction? 

The online silent auction is now open, and the bidding will close at approximately 9:15pm on March 10, the night of Raise the Sails. If you've purchased a ticket to Raise the Sails - NO NEED TO REGISTER - just use the link you received via text or email from Greater Giving to directly access your private bidding page. Lost your link? Our check-in team can resend when you arrive at Raise the Sails.


The live auction will take place during Raise the Sails at Ravenswood Event Center. Check out the “Live Auction” category in the Raise the Sails auction page for a preview of these items. 


What happens if I win an auction item?

NEW! No need to carry home bulky items–we’ve got you! Simply dance your way home that night and watch your email for a receipt of your winnings. Pick up for auction wins is as follows:

  • Monday, March 13, 3-6pm: Inside main door in the foyer of Amundsen 

  • Thursday, March 16, 7:15-8:15am: Outside in the Amundsen parking lot on Damen–look for a big red Buick sedan with an AHS car magnet


What’s Fund-A-Need?

Fund-A-Need is a straight donation to help Amundsen raise funds. This year, our Fund-A-Need hopes to raise $30,000 to give the Amundsen auditorium a well-deserved “Glow Up” with improvements like new curtains, new paint, storage and more. Donors can give via online bidding or as part of the live Fund-A-Need event at Ravenswood Event Center. 


What if I can’t attend the event? Can I still support Raise the Sails?

YES! Here’s how:

  1. Bid in the online silent auction. Get started HERE

  2. Share the online silent auction link with family, friends and neighbors: 

  3. Donate to Fund-A-Need online HERE.


Raise the Sails is Friends of Amundsen’s biggest annual fundraiser supporting Amundsen. The funds raised support AHS programs for all Amundsen students. 


Thank you for Raising the Sails!


Have more questions? Contact us at

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Let the bidding begin!

Raise the Sails' online silent auction is LIVE and ready for you to bid! There are loads of awesome items, everything from restaurant gift cards to theater tickets to hotel stays, and much more.



  • Event ticket holders, bid from the unique link sent in your online bidding welcome e-mail/text.

  • If you won't be attending the event, bid HERE.

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Benefactor ($1,000+)

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Patron ($500)


Supporter ($250)

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Friend ($100)

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