Each year, the ELC Foundation holds just one fundraiser, the Champion in Education Benefit. The 21st annual dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Elk's Lodge in Estherville. Dinner tickets are $20 and are available from the ELC district central office or any ELC Foundation board member. Tickets are also available at the door.
Dr. Lisa Dreeszen of the Foundation says this year's theme is College Game Day. In line with the theme, the Foundation has Iowa Hawkeye Football Tickets, a Yeti cooler, a quarter of beef, a Traeger Grill donated by Ace Hardware, Top Hat BBQ, and a party on the patio at Woody's Pizza for auction.
For those with a sweet tooth, Dreeszen said the benefit "would not be complete without the Delicious Dessert Auction."
Included in the raffle is an autographed football from the Green Bay Packers and many other items. The Foundation will host the fishing tournament again this year.
Raffle tickets are $25 or five for $100.
The foundation started in the 1980s to accept scholarship donations and make key grants to teachers to buy hardware, software, books and other materials to improve and enhance ELC students' learning experiences. The foundation can set up personal scholarship funds in order to direct memorial money to honor a loved one. The foundation also sponsors two years of swimming lessons for ELC elementary students, emphasizing that swimming lessons play an integral role in a child's education as well as personal safety. The foundation donates to many field trips at all grade levels and purposes.
The foundation is a working partner with all existing support groups, such as the Athletic Booster Club and Patrons of the Fine Arts.
Last year's dinner, raffle and auctions raised $13,000, all of which was invested into ELC students via mini-grants and scholarships.