Greenville Education Foundation kicks off yearly fundraising

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 9:54 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENVILLE —  For the past 23 years, the Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG) has helped fund events and programs at Greenville Public Schools that don’t regularly fall into the school’s budget.

Through grants and scholarships, the EFG has been able to provide additional opportunities for Greenville students and staff they may not have been open to otherwise.

“One area that our grants are used for is to help implement programs that do not fall into the regular school budget, such as our summer library hours for elementary  students to utilize during their off time,” said EFG Vice Chairman Steve Wyckoff. “Also, we have been able to supplement certain supplies that the regular budget can’t handle so that our staff can provide additional opportunities for their students.”

The EFG is funded through contributions by businesses and individuals and the largest fundraiser the foundation hosts is the Annual Fall Fundraising Dinner, now entering its seventh year.

During that time, the foundation dinner has generated $45,400 for Greenville teacher grants and student summer camp scholarships. Last year more than $6,000 was raised.

Scheduled for Sept. 16 at The Winter Inn in Greenville, this year’s fall dinner hopes to bring in even more.

This is along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Pops Concert is our biggest fundraising event of the year,” said EFG Executive Director Wendy Baty. “The more money we make at this dinner, the more grants and scholarships we will be able to award to the staff and students of GPS.

“We would love to have the Winter Inn bursting with the seams with EFG donors,” she said. “We would love to top the attendance from our inaugural year in 2008 and have around 125 attendees.”

Tickets for the dinner, which will begin with a social hour and feature a silent auction and a reverse raffle, are $50 each. Sponsorships are available for $250 (includes two dinners and $150 tax donation) and $500 (includes four dinners and $300 tax donation).

Items to be raffled include a weekend package to Essex Inn in Chicago, a four-day family package to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and more.

Money raised will go toward teacher grants and student scholarships.

“The grants and the programs this foundation is responsible for have helped so many students in our district,” said Ann Harvey, a foundation trustee. “Each of the six schools in Greenville have been impacted in one way or another by their generosity and passion for providing the students the best available education.”

Dinner will start at 7 p.m., with a social hour and silent auction at 6 p.m. The program, which will highlight the foundation’s previous year and discuss the current, will begin at 8 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, email Baty at RSVPs can also be mailed to 1414 Chase Road, Greenville, MI 48838.

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