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Corvallis Schools Foundation to host fundraiser

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School foundation pitches in to fill money gap
Reisa Kahn is stepping down as president of the Corvallis Schools Foundation. Ray Dunbar will take her place. SEPP JANNOTTA - Ravalli Republic

The Corvallis Schools Foundation is holding its second annual fundraising event at the Wild Mare on Feb. 8.

Foundation member Doug Martin said the event will be an exciting evening of food, drink, and friends to benefit the foundation.

“Our goal is to raise $10,000,” Martin said. “We have so many amazing donated prizes like a fly-fishing trip, a stay in a Yellowstone cabin, season passes to Griz football and the Bitterroot Performing Arts Series, and golfing at the Stock Farm. It will be an amazing evening of fun.”

The two-hour event begins at 6 p.m. and includes beer tasting, delicious food, and large and silent auction items.

In 1998, the nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation was created to provide additional academic and extracurricular opportunities for Corvallis students.

The Corvallis Schools Foundation recently contributed to Corvallis High School’s musical production of “Damn Yankees,” the eighth grade trip to Yellowstone National Park, and a set of bicycles for fifth grade students to ride to the Bitterroot River for hands-on science activities. The foundation purchased musical stands and uniforms for Corvallis band, choral, and orchestra students and funded student trips to national competitions in Science Olympiad as well as speech and debate.

“The foundation strives to support district programs that give our students the opportunity to go above and beyond their daily classroom experiences,” Martin said. “We are able to provide this support because of the generous financial support given to us by the Corvallis community.”

Live auction items include a Yellowstone cabin experience that sleeps eight and is a half mile from the northeast entrance – donated by Creekside at Yellowstone, LLC; a full day fly fishing float trip for two on the Bitterroot River – donated by Freestone Fly Shop (Jeff Gray); and two season tickets to all regular season home games of University of Montana Grizzly Football, donated by Corvallis Physical Therapy; two season tickets to the Bitterroot Performing Arts Series donated by Bitterroot Performing Arts Series and Corvallis Physical Therapy; and 18 holes of golf for four at the at the Stock Farm Club donated by the Stock Farm Club.

Russ and Heidi Hendrickson donated a photo session and print from their business Double Exposure Photography; Denise Mowat donated a one-hour helicopter ride over the Bitterroot Valley and mountain ranges; and Ali Murray is donating a Luke Bryan concert experience on April 21 with four “pit” tickets for the Luke Bryan concert with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch at the Adams Center at the University of Montana, Missoula.

For more information about the Corvallis Schools Foundation’s fundraising event call Vannesa Bargfrede at the District Office (406) 961-4211. Tickets are $30, the live auction begins at 7 p.m., and the silent auction ends at 7:30 p.m. – cash and checks only.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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