Geneva Academic Foundation to put on 'Grand Gala' Oct. 20

 
Submitted by Geneva Unit District 304
Updated 10/10/2018 9:17 PM
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  • Singer-songwriter Gregory Hyde will perform at the Geneva Academic Foundation's annual "Grand Gala" on Saturday, Oct. 20.

    Singer-songwriter Gregory Hyde will perform at the Geneva Academic Foundation's annual "Grand Gala" on Saturday, Oct. 20. Courtesy of Gregory Hyde

  • Get tickets for the Geneva Academic Foundation's annual "Grand Gala" on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne.

    Get tickets for the Geneva Academic Foundation's annual "Grand Gala" on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne. Courtesy of Geneva Unit District 304

Year after year, many members of the community work behind the scenes to support enhanced learning experiences for the students of Geneva Unit District 304.

The Geneva Academic Foundation is one of many such examples.

Founded more than 30 years ago, the nonprofit organization has raised money to fund grants for the purchase of equipment, tools, programs and services for classrooms throughout Geneva 304 that are outside of normal funding channels.

They also provide two annual scholarships to graduating seniors.

The foundation is able to continue its fundraising mission thanks to the community support at events such as the annual "Grand Gala," according to the foundation board member Maureen Fisk.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, this year's "Grand Gala" will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Dunham Woods Riding Club, 33W333 Army Trail Road in Wayne. Tickets are $125. Reservations are due by Oct. 13.

All monies raised from the gala, the foundation's largest event, are dedicated toward these goals, Fisk says.

"The evening will begin with appetizers and cocktails, along with a dinner of filet mignon or sautéed salmon and dessert," Fisk said. "We are very excited to host several students from the GHS music program accompanied on piano. After dinner, Greg Hyde, a top local musician, will perform during a silent auction, wine pull and dancing," she added.

Tickets and more information are available on the Eventbrite.com website.

"The Geneva Academic Foundation has been in existence for 31 years," Fisk said. "It was initially started by a handful of Geneva business leaders who wanted to fund computers for the schools. The foundation has expanded beyond the initial goal but is still guided by a volunteer group who are passionate about supporting the objectives of the Foundation," she added.

Over the years, the Geneva Academic Foundation has awarded almost $1.4 million to support the students, teachers and schools of Geneva Unit District 304.

More information about the Geneva Academic Foundation can be found at www.gafgeneva.org.