‘Gearing up for Greatness’ Funds Student Grants

The Mukwonago Education Foundation Board of Directors hosted a sold out fundraising event at Gearbox Express in Mukwonago on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  The theme of this year’s event, “Gearing Up For Greatness,” is part of an annual fundraiser to support students seeking to achieve greatness in technology, art, science, skilled trades and more.

“The Education Foundation funds new ideas and student opportunities—unfunded by the school district—that would otherwise go unrealized,” Foundation President Jamie Pratt says. “Mukwonago area residents have a tradition of pulling together to achieve more than others. It’s what makes Mukwonago a great place to live. We owe a huge thank you to the entire community for their support of students wanting to explore new and innovative ideas.”

This year’s event included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live music, a presentation that highlighted outcomes of student grant recipients. Dinner was provided by District residents Tony and Wendy Lewanovich, owners of Champp’s Americana.

Bruce Neumiller, President of Gearbox Express and his team were the generous hosts of the event, and provided tours of the new facility, as well as a short presentation on the rapid growth of the business and the economic impact to the community.  Many members of the Mukwonago School District were in attendance as well as strong representation from the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

Shawn McNulty, MASD Superintendent, shared his vision of a community that has developed strong partnerships between the schools, parents and community.  The evening, as well as the growth of the Education Foundation during the past twelve years, was a testament to that effective partnership.

In the twelve years of existence, the foundation has built a record of philanthropic efforts that have bolstered teacher/student grant initiatives and yielded fundraising returns into the tens of thousands. Some key successes have included digital camera purchases, support of the MHS/Rotary School-to-Work house, the One Book-One School art legacy initiative, new band uniforms, SMARTboards, LiveScribe and Echo Pens, the Mukwonago Performing Arts Fund, the IT Academy, and the popular Special Ed business, Jo-2-Go.

Members of the Mukwonago Education Foundation include Jamie Pratt, Merri Cvetan, Kurt Nemer, Pam Hotz, Tom McKeever, Matthew Los, Roseanne McGuire, Karl Robe, Rick Murphy, and Molly Dobberke.

Students, teachers and parents, please send new ideas for grant and fundraising to jpratt@spanopratt.com

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Our community takes great pride in standing on its own two feet. Pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps. Standing tall as rugged individuals. Yet, when there’s an opportunity to be the best, this community pulls together to achieve more than others. It’s what makes Mukwonago a great place to live. Funding provided by the Education Foundation plays a role in keeping it that way.