2017 Gala for the Grove

Tickets are on sale now for the Center Grove Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser

SST File Photo: 2016 Gala for the Grove

Celebrating its most successful year in 2016, the Center Grove Education Foundation (CGEF) is at it again, planning the 2017 Gala for the Grove on April 21, 6 p.m. at The Crane Bay Event Center in Indianapolis.

Tickets are on sale now for the event which includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction and more. The 10, 25 and 50-year classes of Center Grove High School will be recognized as the evening’s special guests. Tickets are $100 per person, with special pricing for those milestone alumni classes and Center Grove school staff.

Football Coach Eric More do the “ask” again this year, requesting donations during the evenings program. Rafael Sanchez will return as the evening’s emcee.

“I’m excited for new people to attend the event,” said Lori Halterman, CGEF member. “It seems each year more and more people attend who haven’t attended in the past. It’s always fun to share in their experiences and hear their response. A lot of people aren’t familiar with the education foundation, so (it’s exciting) hearing their response to the amazing things we’re providing to administrators and teachers to improve the lives of our students.”

SST File Photo: Coach Eric Moore will again speak at the fundraiser.

CGEF uses its proceeds to award grants to teachers throughout the Center Grove Community School Corporation. With nearly 460 guests in 2016, the gala raised $60,000 toward these grants. For the 2015-15 school year, the foundation awarded $28,000 in grants in the spring and $22,000 in the fall.

“That was our highest year so far,” Halterman said. “It’s exciting that more and more teachers are asking for grants and we’re able to grant them. The more people that attend, the more we’re able to donate, the me more teachers and students we’ll be able to help and truly make an impact on their lives.”

New this year, along with Jennifer Rakow as the new executive director for CGEF, is the change of venue and an added option for those who cannot attend to still be able to bid on the silent auction items online. Halterman said for everyone to follow CGEF on social media, facebook.com/cgfoundation/, for the silent auction directions.

2017 Gala for the Grove

When: April 21, 6 – 12 a.m.

Where: The Crane Bay Event Center, 551 W. Merrill St., Indianapolis

Info: centergrovefoundation.org