Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation held its annual Uncorked event at the Armory Municipal Center on May 5, 2016. It was a successful and fun evening recognizing our grant recipients, celebrating our schools and kicking off the fundraising campaign for 2016-2017 school year.
|a few of the TPS employees we celebrated at TPSF Uncorked|
TPSF treasurer Lisa Czlonka was thrilled with this year’s event. “We did amazing! Uncorked raised over $10,000. Our generous community recognizes the value of educators and the importance of supporting our schools during this time of financial cutbacks.”
2016 is the sixth year for the Uncorked event and the fourth location. Last year the organization sold a total of 78 tickets. This year they presold 191.
Do we need a larger venue?
Do we need a larger venue?
“You need to go bigger next year,” preschool teacher Angie Aldridge said. “The Sequoyah bunch had fun. We’ll be back.”
Czlonka said, “I spoke with the teachers and one told me she’d lost her voice and felt like she’d been at a concert because it was so much fun.”
Sequoyah paraprofessional Angela Sherron agreed. “I loved the variety of the auction baskets. Also, I felt like Tahlequah came out and supported us. There were a lot of TPS employees as well as community members.”
|Sommelier Heather Ezell and Dirk Van Veen of Mary's Liquor scout wine selections|
“We had sommelier Heather Ezell this year, which added to the excitement for our foodies,” PR director Brandi Barnett said. “She was one of several contributing factors that aided in selling tickets and selling out of wine that night.”
Board member Kim Copeland had an additional theory to the night’s success. “The event had a great coordinator which brought in substantial funds.”
“When you have a foundation you truly believe in, it’s not hard to ask people to support it,” said Mesha Sanchez, event chair. “I’m so proud of our community for seeing the value of Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation and completely going above and beyond. The crowd this year was not in it to make a deal. Our donors stepped up because we stepped up.”
Local businesses and eateries donated thousands of dollars worth of auction items, door prizes, and food. Napoli’s, Rib Crib, and The Branch donated to the general admission side while Mary’s Liquor and Reasor’s provided the wine and food pairings.
|a few photos of the popular VIP area with the beverage and food pairings|
The money raised by Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation is awarded to teachers in the form of grants. In January, the TPSF Prize Patrol made its rounds to the schools and announced recipients. They included a hands-on science lab in the preschool, a summer arts academy in which 3rd -8th graders will perform Seussical the Musical, and robotics instruction at the high school level. Teachers can submit online now for next year.
TPSF donated almost $30,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. 10 % of those funds came directly from TPS employees who donated each month from their paychecks. TPSF hopes to give more money in grants this year, but that depends on donations.
American Fidelity, Reasor’s and Mary’s Liquor were 2015-2016 TPSF partners and the foundation is seeking partners for this next school year starting at the $5,000 and $10,000 levels.
“Of course, any donation is appreciated at any time,” said Barnett. “Every penny adds change.”
Make your tax-deductible donation today. Learn more by going to www.tahlequahpublicschoolsfoundation.org, follow the blog at tpsfoundation.blogspot.com, or like Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation on Facebook. Donate online or mail donations to TPSF, 1 Plaza South, PMB #276, Tahlequah, OK 74464. You can also select TPSF as your charity on smile.amazon.com, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated.