Luncheon raises money for classroom grants


The Zionsville Education Foundation will host it’s annual In Style fashion show and luncheon on March 1 at the Boone Meadow School in Zionsville.

ZEF is a nonprofit organization that is separate from the Zionsville Community School system and whose mission is to promote academic excellence by granting funds to teachers, students and student clubs within the community’s schools.

“We assist in four different ways,” Tracy Phillips, the Executive Director for ZEF, said. “The first is with the traditional classroom grants that are given in the fall and spring. The In Style luncheon will be a fundraiser for our fall grant cycle. Within one year, all of the funds raised by an event will go right back into the classroom.”

A fairly new grant offered through ZEF is the Student Enrichment grant. The ZEF board recognized the need for funds by student clubs. Imagination Destination, Future Problem Solvers and the Robotics Team are examples of the extracurricular clubs that benefit from these grants. These specific grants are written by the students and are given at the discretion of the grants committee and ZEF board.

Two Imagine/Professional Developmental grants are awarded each year to teachers and go toward their professional development, as these fees have been cut from the school’s budgets.

The fourth program is a group that ZEF teamed up with, Teachers can post small programs that are seen nationally to raise awareness and attract potential donors.

ZEF matches a grant when it has reached a halfway point, and the grant is then fulfilled.

This year’s In Style luncheon and fundraiser will offer it’s guests a new experience when they walk in the door. Phillips describes the transformation of the Boone Meadow School into a miniature display of what Zionsville has to offer visitors and residents.

“We will turn the school into a breath of spring,” Phillips said. “We are making this event very Zionsville centric, so as our patrons walk in, it will be as if they are walking down Main Street and they can do a little window shopping.”

Participating local merchants who have contributed to the In Style luncheon throughout the years include Secret Ingredient, Ballerinas and Bruisers, Lesley Jane, B. Wright Ltd., Lilly’s Boutique Gallery and Wildcat Creek Outfitters. New contributors this year are Akard True Value and Nikki Blaine Couture. There will be a silent auction followed by the luncheon and style show.

With attendance averaging 350 people, reservations are required. Tickets for the luncheon and style show are $55 each. Ticket information is available from Tracy Phillips, Executive Director, at 733-4805 or or the ZEF website at


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