Rotarians heard about the Estherville Lincoln Central School Foundation and the upcoming annual fundraiser 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Estherville Golf Course.
Rotarian and foundation member Lisa Dreeszen told Rotarians about the foundation's history, which includes four Rotarians who have served as volunteer board members for the past 20 years. The foundation meets eight to 10 times yearly and its primary activities are awarding scholarships and awarding key grants to teachers. The foundation has also funded swimming lessons for ELC students at the Regional Wellness Center.
Each year, the foundation selects a Champion in Education and this year's honoree will be Kris Schlievert, former Demoney Elementary principal who retired at the end of this past school year. Dreeszen said each year the foundation tries to alternate between someone from the community and an ELC staff member in its award selection.
And the foundation has grown over the years. Dreeszen said in 1999 the foundation had $85,500 in assets, giving $1,700 in scholarships and $2,100 in key grand awards. Compare that with $540,000 in assets at the end of 2011. She said the foundation was also active in raising funds for the Regional Wellness Center and a year and a half ago one donor gave $25,000 to refurbish the greenhouse at the high school.
Dreeszen said the foundation pulls 5 percent of its investment each year for scholarships, key grants and swimming lessons. Three years ago, the foundation established a Web site that can be accessed from the ELC Web site.
Dreeszen said the Oct. 16 fundraiser will have appetizers starting at 6 p.m. with the program following at 7:30 p.m. There will be a raffle for a housekeeper for a year and grab bags for $5 a ticket, a $25 value. There will also be a dessert auction, with a $10,000 goal for the event.
Key grants are funded by ELC payroll deduction, and Dreeszen noted grants last year went for iPads for special needs children and Kindles for the library. Dreeszen said the foundation also awards three scholarships in addition to those going to the valedictorian and salutatorian.
Banquet tickets are $20. Sponsors are also still sought for the Champion in Education at $200 a sponsorship.