Photo contributed by Michele Madril
About $20,000 was raised during a Nov. 9 benefit event for the Education Foundation of Pendleton.
Held at the Pendleton Convention Center, Grillin’ for Grants included dinner, auctions and an opportunity to showcase the new Pendleton High School Culinary Arts food truck. The foundation provides grants to fund enrichment opportunities for Pendleton School District students, including field trips, conferences and workshops, speakers and artist-in-residence programs. Half of the money raised will be disbursed as Spring 2018 grants, with the other half going into the endowment for future grants, said Michele Madril, publicity chairwoman for the foundation board.
“It was a great evening of good food and entertaining auctions,” she said.
On behalf of the foundation’s board of directors, Madril expressed thanks to those supporting the third annual event, including: Scholastic ($1,000) sponsors: CHI St. Anthony Hospital, Gordon’s Electric, Rogers Toyota of Hermiston and Tom Denchel Ford Country; Academic ($500) sponsors, which included 19 local individuals and businesses; In-Kind sponsors, KUMA, 92.1 Party FM and the East Oregonian; and to other local businesses who generously donated products and services. Preparing most of the meal were PHS culinary arts students, Kristin Swaggart, culinary arts teacher; Dan Greenough, principal; and Troy Jerome, athletic director.
“The Education Foundation of Pendleton board greatly appreciates all the sponsors, auction donors and those in the community who attended. We would like to grow this annual event in order to raise more funds for Pendleton School District teachers and students,” said Steve Muller, the foundation’s president pro tem.