MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Education Foundation, along with members of the 2010 Senior Class, is hosting an event to honor those people who have contributed scholarships for graduating seniors and those individuals who have served on the MMC Education Foundation board.
The event, which includes dinner and entertainment will be held at the new MMC Commons at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. Throughout the evening, MMC music students and the speech team will present their award winning selections but the headline entertainment is Bruce Dreckman, a Marcus graduate who now earns his living as a Major League Baseball umpire.
The evening should be very pleasant with each scholarship group having a table of eight students who are connected to the same scholarship. Each table will be decorated in a manner which will remind folks what their scholarship donors are all about.
A delicious full course meal will be served by the seniors and present Board members. The general public may also attend as it should be a fun evening. A free-will offering will be taken. One may call 712-376-4172 to reserve ahead of time so organizers know how many to plan on serving. The Foundation wants to fill the room for a winter break-out of fun while supporting MMC students.
Another fun activity will be a silent auction of about a dozen different prizes which will include a couple of informative books (one by Glen Beck); high school labor to help with spring clean-up by picking up sticks, raking or doing windows for 1-2 hours each; quilted table piece put together by Bonnie Means (a local quilter); a surprise prize donated by Grandma's Garden, and others yet to be announced.
Of the 33 2009 MMC graduates, 20 received $100 from the Foundation which can be doubled by dollars for Scholars. Present members of the board include: Mavis Diment, Karen Kunkel, Sherree Ogren, Mark Wilcox, Lisa Mayer, Elsie Slagter, Jan Brandhorst, Renea Ogren, Dawn Roberts, Jim Hoefling, Jim Nielsen, Gina Foresman, Justin Cave and Nancy Hohbach.
In addition to scholarships handed out to applying seniors, the Foundation also uses donations to finance special education projects within the district such as funds to support the academic programs of the district, annual grants awarded on a competitive basis to encourage curriculum creativity and to enhance the educational offering, or for materials and furnishings outside the scope of normal school financing, and seed money to implement new programs.
A permanent endowment establishing a perpetual scholarship fund managed by the Foundation offers opportunities for one-time named scholarships, multi-year private scholarships, and annual civic group scholarships.