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Gala 2019


LFA held its annual Spring Gala on May 4, 2019. However, if you would still like to make a contribution to the Gala project (description below), please use the button below:

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The Lake Forest Academy Board of Trustees and the Parents Association cordially invite you to
Gala 2019
Opening Doors to Lake Forest Academy:
Establishing the North Chicago & Waukegan Endowed Scholarship Fund

Saturday, May 4, 2019
 6 p.m.
The Cressey Center for the Arts and Reid Hall, Lake Forest Academy
Dutch Auction* 

Special Guests
Head of School-elect José M. De Jesús & Andrea De Jesús

And a post-Gala reception and dancing with 
music of the 70s and 80s by Dr. Bombay band
as we honor John & Loring Strudwick 
for their 18 years of service to the Academy


About the LFA Gala

On a fantastic night, all members of the Lake Forest Academy community will gather to raise funds to further open LFA’s doors to students from our neighboring communities through the establishment of the North Chicago & Waukegan Endowed Scholarship Fund.

*At a Dutch Auction, the auctioneer invites guests to raise their paddles, showing support for the Academy and its commitment to access and socio-economic diversity. The auctioneer will recognize bids by calling out paddle numbers. Arrangements for absentee or anonymous bids may be made by contacting Rachael Josephson in advance at

Why North Chicago and Waukegan?

Lake Forest Academy has a long, rich history of outreach to the communities of Waukegan and North Chicago including North Chicago Community Partners, student mentoring at AJ Katzenmaier School and Harvest Hope. LFA also boasts proud alumni from both Waukegan and North Chicago and there is a great desire to add new scholarship dollars to students from these specific neighboring communities. Through this initiative LFA will continue to elevate its culture of inclusion and attract students who embrace the school’s open-minded nature that allows them to hold a lifelong passport to new ideas and opportunities. Read the story of Waukegan native Ron Sutton '08 here.