Our Commitment

Expanding accessibility and increasing the affordability of a Parker education is an ongoing strategic priority. Since our founding in 1901, Parker has offered financial assistance to current and incoming families to ensure that a Parker education remains accessible to students at every point on the socioeconomic spectrum.

Each year, our commitment to supporting students through financial assistance grows. Parker awards more than $5 million in financial assistance each year. Parker’s special events play a critical role in our school's ability to deliver on this promise each year.

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Chuck Lira
Associate Director of Development - Special Events


For almost three decades, the Parker Auction has attracted Chicago families and businesses who embrace the importance of community, education and diversity. One of the school’s signature fundraising events, the Auction began in 1959 with an $18,000 goal to benefit Parker’s financial assistance program. This year, marks  the 60th anniversary of Parker's Auction!

Cooke & the Colonel Dinner

The Cooke & the Colonel Dinner began in 2001 as a way for the Parker community to come together on off-years from the biennial Auction. Today, the event has taken on a life and flavor of its own. Our community comes together to enjoy a special evening, which includes good food, great fun and invaluable fundraising in support of our commitment to accessibility and affordability.

Thank you to Parker's Event Sponsors

ADR Systems
Ames Group Chicago
Ashen Faulkner
Associated Agencies
Baum Realty Group
Berger Schatz
Berglund Construction
Byrne, Byrne & Company
Citywide Building Maintenance
General Iron Industries
Greenberg Traurig
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
JP Morgan
K-12 Teachers Alliance
Kabouter Management Company
LG Construction
Mars Wrigley
Power Rogers & Smith
Quest Food Management
Sarnoff & Baccash
Sidley Austin
SMB Bradley
Soren Family Foundation
South Side Stories Property Management
Swift Charitable Foundation
The Goebeler Company
Wansas Tequila
William Blair
Windy City Ninjas
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.