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This bench was built by Great Bend High School students and will be included in the USD 428 Education Foundation auction on Nov. 24. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Time to buy tickets

Tickets for the Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation Dinner and Auction are $50, with all of the money going to enhance education at local schools. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Great Bend Events Center, and sponsors would like everyone who wants tickets to have them ordered by Wednesday. To order tickets call Jennifer Schartz at the District Education Center, 620-793-1500.

Follow this link to a story about the students who will be making desserts to sell at the auction:

     People who attend the Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation’s annual fall fundraiser will have a chance to bid on desserts prepared by GBHS students.
“Tastes of the Town” will feature a walking dinner with samples from local caterers and other foodies.
MelEesa Stueder from the Education Foundation Board said guests will be entertained by the Great Bend High School Jazz Band.

The menu will include:
• Jambalaya prepared by Lyles Lashley and Mike Minton
• Smoked Pork Loin prepared by A&G Catering (Alan and Gail Moeder)
• Alfredo Chicken by Baked Blessings (Kim Randall)
• Bierocks and Ham & Cheese Pockets, as well as Lattes and Muffins, by Great Bend Coffee
• Mashed Potato Bar, as well as a Chocolate Dessert Table, by Flavored Celebrations (Kat King)
• Roasted Red Pepper Soup by The Page Bistro Bar & Grill
• Gourmet Pizza Samples by Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Guests will also be provided with fruit, cheese & crackers, wine and beer.

A live auction will feature 10 items, and there will be a silent auction. Many of the items are school related. These include a reserved parking place at Panther basketball games, and a catered dinner from Delgado’s, to be served between a boys and girls basketball game. GBHS students are also pitching in; an advanced Family and Consumer Science class is making treats such as maple nut twists, and woodworking students made a Ford tailgate bench.
Not every auction item is school related; Bass-X and Stueder Contractors will install and later remove outdoor Christmas lights set to music at one bidder’s home.

Support education
Education Foundation Board member Matt Hitt said attending the fundraiser is a good way for the community to get involved in supporting local schools.
“This is our only fundraiser,” Hiss said. Money is also raised through memorials and other tax-deductible donations.
Since 1989, the foundation has donated more than $280,000 to enhance education in the district. Last year 40 mini-grants were awarded for innovative teaching ideas that the district may not be able to afford, such as a camera system for the GBHS drama department so videos can be recorded and loaded onto the Internet.
The foundation also paid for two guest speakers to come to the district at the start of this school year, including the creator of the One District, One Book literacy program. The foundation was a major contributor One District, One Book, which had most of Great Bend reading “The World According to Humphrey.”
“I personally like that statistics show (that program) has been proven to raise literacy in the community,” said Hiss, who is also a Great Bend City councilman. “I strongly believe in education and its impact on the future of our community."