Fall Frolic to benefit students and teachers


King, left, and Swinford are the event’s co-chairs.

The 2012 Fall Frolic, sponsored by the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF), will be held Nov. 10 at the Indianapolis Executive Airport. The event is a fun, casual evening which provides grants for students and teachers in Zionsville schools.

“It’s one of two fundraisers we (ZEF) have for the year,” said Fall Frolic Co-Chair, Kara Swinford.  “Our spring fundraiser is a fashion show, but this one is for couples. It’s casual so the men love it since we keep it light and laid back, and all the money raised goes to grants for students or teachers.”

The fun begins with various food stations, provided by Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, featuring a meat carving slider station, “mash-tini” make-your-own potato bar and waffle on a stick desserts. New this year are the Mystery Wine Pull, a live auction with a $6,000 package to Vail, Colo. and the Heads and Tails game of chance.

Delicious food, live music, and fun activities are not the only features of the evening.

“The highlight is when the grant recipients speak and share how they have been affected by ZEF grants,” said Tracy Phillips, Executive Director of ZEF. “To hear kids say, ‘This changed my life,’ validates what we do here at ZEF.”

ZEF was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit entity separate from Zionsville schools but dedicated to supporting Zionsville public education by providing grants to students and teachers to promote academic excellence.

“The monies raised by the Fall Frolic and our other projects help fund needed student enrichment opportunities and professional development for our teachers,” said Fall Frolic Co-Chair, Meg King. “It is my privilege and pleasure to assist an organization like ZEF and work with other members of our community towards enhancing our children’s classroom experience.”

Last year the Fall Frolic, with more than 300 in attendance, netted $30,000-plus for these grants, and this year the committee hopes to exceed this amount.

“First and foremost, this is a fun, casual celebration where we highlight our grant winners. The bottom line is that we’re raising funds and every dollar goes back into the classroom,” Phillips summarized.

Purchase tickets online at www.zionsvilleeducationfoundation.org or contact Tracy Phillips at tphillips@zcs.k12.in.us or 733-4805.

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