The Education Foundation held its inaugural Partners in Education (PIE) Celebration Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Kromrey Middle School cafeteria and more than 150 attended.
The event was an opportunity to thank donors while also creating additional awareness about what the Foundation has accomplished since it was formed in 2011, executive director Perry Hibner said.
Hibner is still waiting on a few expenses, but he expects that the event will net the Foundation more than $4,000.
Sponsors for the event included Galin Education, J.H. Findorff & Son and Madison Community Foundation. Sprecher’s Restaurant also sponsored the event and donated the meal, which included two types of lasagna, salad and garlic bread. The restaurant also provided its famous root beer, Hibner said.
Nearly 20 pies were also donated by Perkins Restaurant and Hubbard Avenue Diner.
MHS orchestra students Michael Xie, Jahnavi Gali, Calvin Guse and Maureen Sheehan opened the 90-minute program with a performance that included two songs. They recently won MHS’s prestigous Concerto-Aria Competition. The MHS brass quintet, which included Kirby Heck, Kei Kohmoto, Katy Jurgella, Declan Mulkerin and Isaac Galang, also performed later in the program.
Five videos were shown. Four highlighted grants the Foundation has handed out since 2013, while the other showcased the bus tours that are held to announce the grant recipients. Three of the videos were produced by students in Bill Boehm’s video production class at MHS.
Northside principal Roz Craney spoke about the impact two grants worth $1,000 apiece for the school’s SPLASH advisory program have had on all students. Northside first-grade teacher Beth Bergman also shared how a nearly $900 grant that the Foundation awarded for her summer school program has impacted students.
“All of those stories and videos were very powerful,” Hibner said. “I think everyone who attended was moved to hear the impact the Foundation has made in just a short time.”
Hibner said the event was also an opportunity to thank and acknowledge all of the hard work the 14 board members do for the Foundation. He also publically thanked former board members along with those who served on the original steering committee that was created to determine the feasibility of a Foundation.
Board chair Courtney Ward-Reichard was the other emcee of the event. She recognized the sponsors and also appealed to attendees to give to the Foundation’s endowment fund, which is at $195,000 and is administered by MCF, and to support District transition programs, which is an area the Foundation has made a priority to support in 2015-16.