Schaumburg High School’s Arts Alive Program Hosts Magician for Fundraiser Performance

Magician Bill Cook.

Magician Bill Cook.

Community members in the Schaumburg area are invited to support Schaumburg High School’s Arts Alive program as they welcome magician Bill Cook to perform a fundraiser performance.

The Arts Alive Evening of Illusion Performance featuring magician Bill Cook will take place Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Schaumburg High School auditorium. Tickets for adults are $7 and students and children under the age of 12 are $5.

“This year, Arts Alive is introducing our first evening fundraiser open to the public,” said Kim Shade, chair of Arts Alive Week and Art teacher at Schaumburg High School. “The mission is to raise monies in tandem with the V.I.P grant that solely funds Arts Alive. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the community to be a part of Arts Alive Week. This year we are featuring Bill Cook, a prominent magician.”

Cook is referred to as the “Future of Magic.” He is a three-time winner of the Lance Burton award of excellence, and recently won Second Place in the world for his close up magic in the World Magic Seminar International Close-Up Competition held in Las Vegas. He also took First Place and the Prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Chicago Magic Competition and was the youngest competitor. His talents include a wide variety of magic, ranging from intimate close-up magic, to walk-around magic, to birthday party magic, and stage performances.

Arts Alive is celebrating its thirteenth year of bringing the arts (dance, music, theatre and the visual arts) to Schaumburg High School. Arts Alive allows the full student body, as well as staff, an opportunity to experience and implement the arts into daily curriculum lessons.

For more information, visit SHS’ website. Check out some of his magic acts by visiting

Palatine High School’s Pirate Booster Club to hold 29th Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser

Members of the Palatine community will have a chance to enjoy a dinner with live entertainment, while at the same time helping raise funds for Palatine High School students.

The 29th annual Pirate Boosters Dinner and Auction will take place on Feb. 22 at The Cotillion, 360 Creekside Dr. in Palatine, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The event is open to adults in the community. It is hosted by the PHS Pirate Boosters to benefit student scholarships, grants, and activities.

“This event brings the community together,” said Susan Mulert, PHS Pirate Booster member and co-chair for the dinner auction. “This isn’t just for sports or a particular group, we try hard to make sure this benefits everyone.”

The theme is “Catch the Pirate Spirit,” and guests will have opportunities to participate in raffles, 50/50, live and silent auctions while they enjoy live entertainment and a DJ. Last year’s event attracted more than 300 people, and Mulert said they are hoping for even more this year.

Ken Mate, comedian and magician to perform at the PHS dinner and auction.

Ken Mate is the comedian and magician to perform at the PHS dinner and auction.

In addition to dinner, there will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, door prizes, and live entertainment. The live entertainment is stand-up comedian and magician Ken Mate, and musical entertainment from Entertainment Productions. Items for the live and silent auctions were provided by Booster members and community supporters. One of the largest items available for auction is an Emmy Awards package that includes two tickets to the 65th primetime Emmy Awards Show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.  Other prizes include four VIP tickets and transportation with meet and greet passes to see Bill Cosby at the Chicago Theater, Chicago White Sox tickets, and memorable experiences such as a ride along with a Palatine police officer and more.

In previous years, the dinner and auction have proven to be the largest fundraiser for the PHS Pirate Boosters, and helps provide funds for students. Tickets are $55 per person, or a table of 10 can be purchased for $500. All types of clothing are encouraged, from Pirate gear to formal wear.

For more information or questions, visit the PHS Pirate Boosters website, or email The reservation deadline is Feb. 19.