What began as a wine and cheese pairing to celebrate grant recipients has evolved into Uncorked, an extravaganza hosted by Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation celebrating all school employees and kicking off the school year’s 2016-2017 fundraising campaign.
Uncorked-2016 raised nearly $10,000. This is the sixth year for the Uncorked event and the fourth location. Last year the organization sold a total of 78 tickets. This year they presold 191. They may need a larger venue.
Sommelier Heather Ezell added to the excitement for our foodies. She was one of several contributing factors that aided in selling tickets and selling out of wine that night.
Local businesses and eateries donated thousands of dollars’ worth of auction items, door prizes, and food. Napoli’s, Rib Crib, and The Branch donated to the general admission side while Mary’s Liquor and Reasor’s provided the wine and food pairings.
The money raised by Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation is awarded to teachers in the form of grants. In January, the TPSF Prize Patrol made its rounds to the schools and announced recipients. They included a hands-on science lab in the preschool, a summer arts academy in which 3rd -8th graders will perform Seussical the Musical, and robotics instruction at the high school level. Teachers can submit online now for next year.
TPSF donated almost $30,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. 10 % of those funds came directly from TPS employees who donated each month from their paychecks. TPSF hopes to give more money in grants this year, but that depends on donations.
American Fidelity, Reasors and Mary’s Liquor were 2015-2016 TPSF partners and the foundation is seeking partners for this next school year starting at the $5,000 and $10,000 levels. Any donation is appreciated at any time.
Make your tax-deductible donation today. Learn more by going to www.tahlequahpublicschoolsfoundation.org, follow the blog at tpsfoundation.blogspot.com, or like Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation on Facebook. Donate online or mail donations to TPSF, 1 Plaza South, PMB #276, Tahlequah, OK 74464. You can also select TPSF as your charity on smiles.amazon.com, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated.