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Pizza Places Face-off to Raise Funds for District 99

Local pizza places will compete for "Best Pizza" in District 99's first-ever 'Pizza Wars' Jan. 16 at Downers Grove South.

Eight local pizza makers will come together under one roof in support of the District 99 Education Foundation, which benefits the students of North High School and South High School in Downers Grove. During the first-ever “Pizza Wars” event, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, attendees will receive a pizza sample from each of the sponsoring local pizzerias*, including:

  • Al’s
  • Aurelio’s
  • Giordano’s
  • John & Eddie’s
  • Papa’s Pizza Place
  • Sarpino’s
  • Skuddlebutts
  • Tortorice’s 

After sampling the various pizzas, attendees will vote for their favorite. The winner will receive the honor and bragging rights of having the “Best Pizza in District 99!” 

“We’ve borrowed the concept of a pizza tasting from our neighbors in Niles. Its education foundation has hosted a similar event for three years now, and it has grown tremendously in popularity,” says Eric Olson, president of the District 99 Education Foundation. “It’s a great way for families to come out and try something new, while at the same time support both businesses and students in our community.”

The event will be held at South High School, 1436 Norfolk in Downers Grove in the cafeteria. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the tasting will end at 7:15 p.m., with the winner announced at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance (email president@d99ef.org) or $12 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation.

The Rock Academy in Downers Grove will provide the entertainment: three rock bands will be playing for duration of the event.

The bands are made up of kids from the Downers Grove community, future and current students of District 99, plus some of our alumni.

Rock Academy is a music school where musicians can meet, form bands, and perform concerts, all under the direction of professionals.

The District 99 Education Foundation provides financial assistance for District 99 students and staff in support of innovative curriculum and technologies that fall outside of traditional public funding. In addition to administering scholarships, the Foundation also accepts grant requests from teachers in District 99 who want to make the classroom environment more challenging to students but lack the necessary resources. The Foundation was founded in 1994 as a way for alumni, parents, educators and the community to support the continued excellence of educational curriculum provided to students and faculty.

To learn more about the Foundation, which is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or to make a donation, please visit www.d99ef.org.


James Packard January 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM
The best pizza place in DG isn't listed. Dan's Pizza at Maple and Walnut is far better than any of those listed
Marie McDowell January 10, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Our favorites are Mrs. T's and Angelo's. Sorry to see they are not on the list either.
Eric Olson January 10, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Hi! I’m Eric Olson and I’m the president of the Foundation. We are so excited for the Pizza Wars event next Thursday! I think it’ll be a lot of fun for families and anyone who loves pizza. Please know that we reached out to over 20 pizzerias in our community and invited them to the event. We welcome any pizzerias in our area to participate. Have a favorite? Call them up and ask them to come! (We’d need to know by Monday.) All proceeds benefit the students of North High and South High. Thanks!
Page Orfanos January 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Lou Malnatis.....a favorite!

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