Fenton, MI — December 26, 2019
One of the pillars of a great community is its education system. Fenton Area Public Schools have the reputation of providing top tier academics, competitive athletics, and an outstanding arts program to its students. This level of achievement is not accomplished without the support of the community itself.
The Fenton Education Foundation plays a key role in assisting various programs at all levels of the Fenton School System. Drawing the community together for fundraisers and providing teaching grants enables Fenton to reach the higher standards it endows upon its students.
About the Fenton Education Foundation
Since its founding in 2004, The Fenton Education Foundation has been focusing on strengthening our schools and community by partnering with businesses, parents, alumni and the community to raise funds for our district in support of both present and future needs.
The Foundation has been able to provide over $140,000 in teacher grants since its inception and also has an endowment fund that continues to grow. The Foundation has a Board of Directors made up of volunteers that are business owners, parents, and community members. In addition to the teacher’s grants, the Foundation also raises funds for specific needs within the district such as the Safety Campaign and the Positivity Project.
Of course, the foundation can do nothing without the support of the community. Under the leadership of the all-volunteer board of directors, the Foundation holds five primary fundraisers each year. The events all have a different theme and provide fun social engagements for those who participate. Here is a list of the activities on the schedule for 2020.
Winter Blues Dinner
Friday, February 7th, at 6:30 pm the Winter Blues Dinner will be held at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center. This is the 6th annual event and the popular evening out has raised over $50,000 the past 5 years. This event sold out last year, there are a limited number of tickets still available for this year’s dinner. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fentoneducationfoundation.org for $75 each.
This is a fun adult evening (21 & over) that includes dinner by The Corner Bar & Grill, open bar with service by The Fenton Hotel, and LIVE entertainment with 80’s cover band The Square Pegz.
A silent auction will be conducted during the evening’s activities. Items such as gift cards, tickets to concerts and sporting events, sports memorabilia, etc. are being auctioned off. Donations of these or similar items are still being accepted. Contact the Foundation through their website donations or contact page. https://www.fentoneducationfoundation.org/give
Texas Hold Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
Drawing on the legend of “The Game” and Fenton’s founding, what a fitting way to raise money for the Foundation. The 15th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament is to be held Thursday, March 5th, at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grill. Doors Open at 5:00 pm. The Tournament starts at 6:30 pm. The $100 Buy-In includes The Hotel’s finest food from 5 pm till 9 pm plus 1 social admission. Cash Bar. A $10 spectator/social ticket includes food. This event also sold out last year. Tickets go on sale, January 1st and can be purchased online at www.fentoneducationfoundation.org. A total of 105 seats to the Tournament are up for sale.
Would you like to volunteer for this fun event? Dealers are needed and you can become part of the entertainment. There are cash prizes for making the final table including an estimated $1,500+ for the tournament champion, $750 for 2nd place and $400 for 3rd place, depending on the number of entries. In addition, in honor of the legend that the City of Fenton and the local streets were named over a poker game, the winner of the tournament will have the right to rename Leroy Street for one year.
If you have additional questions, would like to purchase tickets, are interested in volunteering to be a dealer, would like to sponsor or donate to the event please contact Ryan Munro at (810) 240-9980 or RyanMunroFEF@gmail.com
All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
The 2nd Annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast is set for Saturday, August 30th. This family-friendly event features the Guinness World Record Holder for the Fastest Flapjack Flippers and Food Network star, Chris Cakes of Michigan.
Admission includes all you can eat pancakes and tons of kid’s activities including bounce houses, kids games, pictures with the Fenton Tiger, face painting and so much more!
4th Annual Tee Up Fore Education Golf Outing
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at the Spring Meadows County Club in Linden MI. If you have additional questions or are interested in playing, sponsoring or donating to the event please visit the Foundation website.
Annual Black-Tie Benefit Dinner
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 at The Landry. This formal event includes a seven-course meal, live music, and a live auction. If you have additional questions or are interested in sponsoring or donating to the event please visit the Foundation website.
Look to The Lasco Press for details as the scheduled dates draw closer and follow our coverage of events that enhance all aspects of our community.