The IVC Educational Foundation has made its most recent goal to modernize the libraries in the IVC District schools. To raise funds for the campaign the IVCEF will host a Winter Wonderland Dinner and Auction Feb. 9.

The evening will include a buffet dinner of chicken cordon bleu, roast beef, salad, red potatoes and a vegetable medley. The meal includes a dessert bar. Happy Thought Coffee will provide a gourmet coffee bar.

Local businesses have sponsored the event and donated items to the auction, including Illinois Mechanical Service and Design, Inc. and Turner Hicks Agency, Inc.

Auction items include several signed Chicago Bears footballs, including one signed by Brian Urlacher. The auction also includes an original IVC Grey Ghost football photo collage, as well as, a variety of themed baskets.

Three magicians will provide live entertainment throughout the evening.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the IVC High School Commons.

Tickets for the Winter Wonderland Dinner and Auction are $35 each and must be purchased in advance from the Foundation. Go to for more information about the event, ticket purchase and a complete list of auction items.

Proceeds from the event will be used in the library modernization campaign, which is set to bring technological advancements to each IVC District school library.

The library modernization project will introduce two main changes to IVC District libraries. The changes include availability of e-readers and tablet computers to serve as tools to both students and teachers. These tools will provide a means for students to access a larger number of books, practice skills learned in class, and gain access databases for research similar to what is available in universities.

The IVC Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to expand and enrich the educational opportunities of students in the IVC School District.

The IVCEF works with District’s administration and teachers to identify the essential needs all four district schools including South School, Chillicothe Elementary Center, Mossville School and Illinois Valley Central High School.

Over the past two decades, the IVCEF has funded more than 150 teacher grants which impact classroom instruction every day. The IVCEF also contributed $35,000 to the SMART Board campaign, which put SMART Boards in IVC classrooms.