Skip to main content

Neighbors of Kane County

Batavia can rest easy and help support music in the local schools again this fall

Jul 07, 2016 09:59AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

by Batavia Music Buffs

It feels like every year the fundraising calendar to help support activities in our schools gets longer and longer. Many ask, “How many more candy bars, rolls of wrapping paper, and boxes of popcorn can I buy?” and many more ask the same question but it ends in “can I sell for my child?”

This is exactly what led the Batavia Music Buffs, a booster organization, to try something a little different last fall. To kick off the 2015–16 school year, Batavia Music Buffs partnered with Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS) to launch a new fundraising concept for BPS101 music programs—a community-wide mattress sale!

The Batavia High School cafeteria was transformed into a giant mattress showroom with all sizes of brand new mattresses from name brands such as Simmons, Beautyrest, Malouf, and more. There was a wide selection of adjustable beds, a variety of firmness, and all at up to 50% off retail prices.

People from all over Batavia (and surrounding cities) were lined up outside the showroom 15 minutes before the fundraiser was even officially open for business. Visitors to the fundraiser enjoyed buying locally and the convenience to test many mattresses at once and ask the experts on hand any questions.

Bob Baty-Barr of Batavia was not only one of the Batavia Music Buffs board members that helped bring the fundraiser to Batavia, but he was also a customer.

“I cannot believe how much we love the mattress we purchased,” said Baty-Barr. “I will admit, I was a bit unsure how well this fundraiser would work out for us, but it turned out great!”

Because this fundraiser worked out so well for all parties (it was one of Music Buffs’ top fundraisers in the 2015–16 school year), the Batavia Music Buffs have decided to bring it back again this fall. On Sat., Aug. 27, from 10am to 5pm the Batavia High School cafeteria will once again be transformed into a mattress showroom. All are invited to come shop for a new mattress and help support music in Batavia Public Schools.

For more information, visit