The Cherokee Educational Foundation will host its Fourth Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction on Friday, February 27 at the Cherokee Country Club.
A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with an opportunity to view both silent and live auction items to be bid upon during the evening's events. Many local businesses and individuals are donating unique items to be auctioned off with the help of auctioneer Denny O'Bryan.
A choice of a prime rib or special fish dinner will be prepared by Holly Ohlson and served by the WHS Spanish Club.
The purpose of the benefit is to raise funds used to enhance the educational service opportunities for the students, staff and residents of the Cherokee Community Schools. The Foundation is currently seeking undesignated funds to fulfill faculty requests.
The success of the previous three events have allowed The Foundation to fund over $29,000 in summer school programs, after school learning programs for third and fourth graders, additional microscopes for elementary science, Middle School library media material, Jazz Band uniforms, an Iowa History program for the Middle School, fourth grade World Awareness Day, Kindergarten audio/visual equipment, and a WHS trip to NASA.
All fundraiser donations are tax deductible as The Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) corporation. The Foundation manages scholarships, gifts, and donations as designated by donor requests. It was a recipient of the Governor's Volunteer Award for organizations in 2003.
The cost of the dinner is $25 per person with only 100 available tickets. Tables of 8, or possibly 9 are available as well as individual reservations. Tickets are available for purchase from Joyce Lundsgaard at the Central Administration Office located at Washington High School.