Special Events

Throughout the school year, Keith hosts a variety of special events on behalf of sports, fine arts, and academic clubs to name a few. These efforts bring the school family together and benefit our community in so many ways. We are grateful to all of the people who volunteer their time and creativity to assist in making these events so successful. Four of our biggest fundraising events of the year are the Classics and Chrome Car Show, the International Food Fest, the Kaitlyn Mary Miller Memorial Golf Outing and the Walk-a-Thon.

Classics and Chrome Car Show

The Classics and Chrome Car Show will take place April 12-13, 2014. Averaging more than 10,000 spectators per event during the last two years, this annual celebration of automotive history has raised more than $500,000 for tuition grants and scholarships, given away $400,000 in raffle prizes and entertained more than 50,000 spectators.

Classics and Chrome is the largest indoor car show in Northern Illinois. It features more than 120 unique vehicles that span over 100 years including pre – and post-war classics, sports cars, muscle cars, hot-rod and custom cars, exotic and race cars, specialty cars and motorcycles. Due to its growing reputation as a premiere car show, the event has attracted many high profile exhibitors and cars. In fact, in 2011 Indy Racing Series cars driven by Danica Patrick and A.J. Foyt were on display and in the 2010, three 007 movie vehicles were provided by the Ian Fleming Foundation.

Although the “heavy metal” is the main attraction, one of the most popular attractions to the event is the Classics and Chrome raffle. Attendees can buy raffle tickets for just $100 or buy five tickets and get the sixth one free. Only 900 tickets can be sold and the grand prize is $30,000 cash.

Tickets to the show can be purchased at the door but raffle tickets are available for sale in advance of the show. Interested raffle buyers can call the Keith business office at 815-399-8850 or purchase tickets online at classicsandchrome.com.

International Food Fest

The International Food Fest is held every other school year, and will be held the fall of 2014. This fall event that transforms Keith’s upper school gym into a food lover’s paradise. Featuring an array of cuisines, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, prizes and socializing, the International Food Fest allows Keith families and the community to enjoy an evening out together while experiencing the robust and exotic flavors from around the world.

Along with the fantastic selection of foods, this event gives several student groups opportunities to perform live and includes several activities geared toward lower school students. For more information about the Food Fest, contact the Keith Parents’ Association.

Kaitlyn Mary Miller Memorial Golf Outing

Each year, Keith Country Day School and the Miller family will host the annual Kaitlyn Mary Miller Memorial Golf Outing at Swan Hills Golf Course. Entering its sixth year, the event has raised more than $150,000 for the Kaitlyn Mary Miller Merit Scholarship, which was established in 2007 by her family to memorialize Kaitlyn in an honorable and befitting manner. The Kaitlyn Mary Miller Merit Scholarship provides financial support for Keith students who excel academically, athletically and have an affinity toward the fine arts.

The golf outing routinely takes place in early August. The event features a classic four-person scramble, with prizes awarded on certain holes, and an honorary award for the best score. Following 18-holes of golf, dinner is served and prizes are awarded. Cost is $90 per golfer. Hole sponsorship is $200 per. Non-golfers can also participate in the event by attending the post-tournament dinner. Dinner tickets can be purchased for $20 each.

Walk-A-Thon

On May 2, 2014 students from the lower, middle and upper schools, as well as their teachers, will participate in the annual Walk-a-Thon. Designed as a fundraiser to help benefit the classroom and school libraries, students obtain pledges and donations based on the total laps they walk. Flat donations are also available. At the end of the event, prizes are awarded to students who raise between $25 and $150. For more information about the Walk-a-Thon, contact Jennifer Wehrstein at jadwehrstein@gmail.com.