7th Annual "Festival of Tables" is October 21 -
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation will present its 7th Annual "Festival of Tables" fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Grass Lake High School. The proceeds from our major fundraiser of the year goes directly toward the educational benefits of our students. We invite you to participate by donating auction items, purchasing dinner tickets, or becoming a sponsor of the event. Please see the attached documents for all of the information you need to participate. Any questions can be directed to the Foundation by e-mail at GLEF.FOT@gmail.com.
This is an excellent opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution that, after expenses, provides funding that directly supports our students. None of the proceeds go toward compensation for individuals as all GLEF Board members volunteer their time for the event and they pay full price admission to the event.
GLEF Is Supporting Our Grass Lake Students
Since the year 2009, the GLEF has awarded $53,779.76 for classroom objectives for our students through mini teacher grants. In year 2012, the GLEF began awarding scholarships to Grass Lake High School graduating seniors. Since beginning this effort, $12,500 has been provided to graduates of Grass Lake High School pursuing degrees.
2017 "On Tap & Uncorked" A Huge Success
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2nd Annual "On Tap and Uncorked" benefit for the Grass Lake Educational Foundation. And also to our many sponsors and donors who made the event possible. Your attendance and generosity is appreciated and supports the Foundation's mission to continue to fund Grass Lake Community Schools classroom needs for our students, as well as funding scholarships for our graduating seniors. Our sponsors: The Brass Stag Pub, the Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, the Roaming Goat, Barney's Family Diner, Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Ghostrider DJ Services, State Farm Insurance-Susan Cobb-Starrett Agency, Dale Fisher Heliphoto/ Dale Fisher Galleries, InMarketNow, B&G Landscape Creations, Cevin's Collision, Sherwood Funeral Home, and Centennial Dental Lab. Thank you all!
2016-2017 GLEF Grant Awards
Danielle MacFarlan Voted On to the GLEF Board of Directors
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Grass Lake resident Danielle MacFarlan has become the organization's newest Board member. Danielle has a property/casualty insurance license and is bank certified, and is employed by the Susan Cobb-Starrett Insurance Agency, Inc. - State Farm Insurance as their office manager and motivation coach. The Board appreciates Ms. MacFarlan's volunteerism toward this organization and looks forward to gaining her insights.
2016 Festival of Tables Sponsors
Craig Vitale Joins GLEF Board of Directors
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Grass Lake parent Craig Vitale has joined the GLEF Board of Directors as a voting member. Craig was elected to the Board by a unanimous vote at the Board's meeting on Wednesday, August 31. Craig and his wife Jennifer have three children in the Grass Lake School District and he is a teacher in the Columbia Central School District. The GLEF Board appreciates Craig's volunteerism toward helping the Foundation provide funding for our school district's students.
Inaugural "Tapped and Uncorked" Event a Success
On Friday, May 20, the Educational Foundation Board sponsored its inaugural "Tapped and Uncorked" fundraiser at the Whistlestop Depot. It was a wonderful social event that successfully raised money for our Grass Lake students.
Special thanks to Tom Nolte for allowing us to use the Depot building, to Chelsea Alehouse Brewery (http://chelseaalehouse.com/), Sandhill Crane Vineyards (http://www.sandhillcranevineyards.com/), the staff of Susan Cobb-Starrett State Farm Insurance (http://susanstarrett.net/), and Joe DeBoe (GhostriderDJ.com) for providing the beverages, food, and music for the event.
And thank you to everyone who attended this event. It was great seeing you. We look forward to doing it again.
George McKenzie Named to GLEF Board
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is proud to announce that Mr. George McKenzie has been voted onto the GLEF Board of Directors by a unanimous vote of the Board at their regular meeting on Thursday, May 19. Mr. McKenzie is an engineer with Consumers Energy in Jackson. The Board is pleased to acquire Mr. McKenzie's input as it moves forward to support our students and teachers.
2015-2016 GLEF Grant Awards
Terri Burg - March Book Madness - $120.15
Stephanie Hoppe - Full Size Skeleton Model - $535.00
Lisa Malmo - Mathletics 4th and 5th Grade Math - $579.70
Middle School Lighthouse Team - Lead creating a culture of leaders - $525.00
Sandy Wolfinger - US history - $290.00
Sandy Wolfinger - Jr Scholastic Magazine - $312.29
Becky McEldery - Enhancing Literacy for Daily 5 - $197.94
Jennifer Taylor - Starting with STEM in K - $1,527.89
Mike Arbuckle - STEM education - $5,677.70
TOTAL APPROVALS - $9,765.67
Upcoming expenditures - $2,500 ($500 Scholarships to Five (5) Successful Senior Candidates)
Heidi McKenzie Elected to GLEF Board of Directors
At the Grass Lake Educational Foundation Board's September 10 meeting Grass Lake community member and parent Heidi McKenzie was unanimously elected to become a member of the GLEF Board of Directors. Heidi brings foundation knowledge with her, along with energy and pragmatic thinking. We welcome Heidi to the Board and thank her for her service.
Tax-Deductible Donations Can Be Made to the GLEF
Grass Lake Educational Foundation