Spring Banquet

The recipients of our programs are recognized at the Excellence in Education banquet courtesy of ourĀ  sponsors, volunteers and supporters. The event also includes a red carpet walk for recipients, cocktail hour, inspiring speeches, dinner, a silent auction and dancing!




City Tins Fundraiser

CityTins debuted its limited-edition Rockford CityTin in November 2021, online and in brick-and-mortar stores in the Rockford area. Every tin contains coaster gift cards with $5-$10 off purchases of at least $30 at participating local boutiques and restaurants.


Additional Fundraisers

Throughout the year, Golden Apple hosts many different fundraisers to continue to fund operations and programs such as grants and recognition. Past fundraisers have included:

  • Car Show
  • Craft Night at Hamblock
  • Golf Outing
  • Rock River cruise on the Pride of Oregon
  • Sales of cookies, ornaments, t-shirts
  • 815 Rising Stars virtual talent show
  • Golden Apple Day at Harvest Bread Co., Chipotle, Quixotic Bakery
  • Driven to Give
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Craft Night at Hamblock
  • Appetite for Education dinner
  • Celebrity/Guest Bartender Nights
  • Rockford Rivets Teacher Night
  • T-shirt sales (shirts designed by teachers, printed by RAD)

In 2024, in addition to Rockford CityTins and the spring banquet, we are hosting guest bartender nights with competition between school districts, Golden Apple apparel sales, Non-Profit of the Game Night at the Rockford Rivets game in August and a First Friday Wine Tasting at Artale in September. Watch our social media for updates on these and other fundraisers to be determined. Donations are always gratefully accepted!