District 99 Education Foundation will host its seventh annual Pizza Wars fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 27. The event will take place at Downers Grove South High School (1436 Norfolk Street) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 each at www.pizzawars.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.
“We’re incredibly thankful to the generous pizza vendors and community sponsors who help make this annual event a success,” Julia Beckman, District 99 Education Foundation President, and former District 99 Board of Education member, said. “As our Education Foundation celebrates 25 years, we continue to thank our community for showing support for our schools through Pizza Wars and donations year-round.”
Participating local pizza vendors include: Lou Malnati’s Pizza (Downers Grove), Papa’s Pizza Place (Woodridge), Pizzeria32 (Downers Grove), Rosati’s (Woodridge), Sarpino’s (Downers Grove), Skuddlebutts Pizza (Downers Grove), Tortorice’s Pizzeria (Downers Grove), and Zazzo’s Pizza (Westmont). Also, more than 30 sponsors have contributed monetary and in-kind donations to benefit this year’s event. Click here to view the list of 2020 Pizza Wars sponsors.
Guests will taste pizza from each vendor and vote on their favorite slice. Vendors are competing for the titles of “Best Crust,” “Best Sauce,” and “Best Overall Pizza.” Winners will be announced at the end of the event. The 2019 winners were Best Crust - Lou Malnati’s; Best Sauce - Papa’s Pizza Place; and Best Overall - Tortorice’s Pizza. Click here to view photos from the 2019 event.
In an effort to achieve the District 99 Education Foundation’s mission, which is to fill in the gap where traditional funding may not be available, Pizza Wars proceeds benefit a variety of teacher grants and student scholarships at North High and South High in Downers Grove. In 2018-19, the District 99 Education Foundation gifted more than $20,000 in support of educational programs. A few recent highlights include supporting: digital cameras for Fine Arts classes, ukuleles for the All Access Choir, Umoja (Unity) club events and college tours, student leaders involvement in My Name My Story equity and inclusion workshop, 3D printers on both campuses, and cardiac screening for nearly 5,000 students through Young Hearts for Life.