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Foundation Raises Ten Grand

Foundation Raises Ten Grand

CARMI – Around $10,000 was raised Saturday night at the Carmi-White County Schools Foundation’s inaugural Dinner, Dance and Live Auction.

The event, held at the Carmi Elk’s Lodge, drew 124 guests and raised money to be used for Carmi-White County Unit Five technology initiatives. Desserts, donated by local individuals and businesses, were auctioned off, as were a large variety of other unique items, including an autographed photo of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, a framed print from renowned wildlife artist Terry Redlin, Cardinals and Cubs tickets, a week’s stay in Destin, Fla., and state banners from the Carmi-White County High School 1997 softball, 1999 boys’ basketball and 1975 football teams.

“This was a confirmation that Carmi is a special town,” said Foundation President Barb Mitchell. “We came together for the good of our most precious resource: our children. People opened their hearts and their wallets for a chance to make a difference. We pledge to always use the proceeds to love our kids and give them a chance to shine.”

The foundation was started last year with the mission of securing funding and awarding monies to assist in promoting academic achievements and school improvement projects. The group held a trivia contest earlier this year, with the winning team getting to choose which local teacher would receive the grand prize of a $3,000 grant. That winning teacher was Jeannie McGarvey.

Following Saturday’s dinner and auction, the band Tailgate Revival performed.

“The Foundation Board would like to thank the Elks Club for generously donating the venue for our event,” added Mitchell, “and we also want to thank Yesterday’s for the delicious dinner they prepared.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the Foundation can phone Nancy J. Winter’s office at 618-382-2364 or find more information at