The New Lenox School District 122 Foundation’s Inaugural Event entitled “Celebrating Stars of Tomorrow” was deemed to be successful as a result of the 150 attendees and the numerous sponsors who supported the event.
The debut event netted $17,000 to support enhanced programs for New Lenox School District 122 teachers.
The Event was held at the American Legion Hall in New Lenox on September 8th and attendees included school board members, school administrators, teachers, Village officials, business leaders, and parents. The Event included a “strolling dinner” with food stations of carved meats, “mashtini” potato bar, pasta bar, dessert bar, and hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres. Dennis Watkins, a professional magician, provided entertainment to the attendees.
In addition to ticket sales, fundraisers for the Event included an iPad2 raffle, split the pot raffle, and 60 silent auction gifts on which attendees placed bids. Silent auction items included a Kindle Touch, parking passes and front row seats at the upcoming Liberty and Martino Junior High graduations, Triple Play tickets, Pandora bracelet, White Sox and Cubs premiere seat tickets, and African safari tickets. The Foundation was extremely pleased by the numerous local business owners whose sponsorships and silent auction items helped to offset the cost of the Event.
Funds are being raised by the Foundation to launch a teacher grant program during the 2013/2014 school year. In addition to the Event’s fundraising, other sources of funding are from community sponsors, the “Principal for a Day” fundraiser in February, 2012, and a payroll deduction plan.
The New Lenox School District 122 Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is comprised of community volunteers. President Tom Burton, Vice President Nancy Dye, Treasurer Karen Motto, Secretary Tracy Ladd, Board Members Kim Du’Prey and Pam McCauley serve as Board Members with Administrative Liaison Dr. Marianne Cucci. Mrs. McCauley served as Event Chair with Event Committee Members Courtney Knott, Lisa Applegate, and Jenni Vondra .
Article submitted by Nancy Dye, vice president of New Lenox School District 122 Foundation.