The Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation was awarded a prestigious $10,000 matching Alex Stern Family Foundation grant this month.
For the second year in a row, the Alex Stern Family Foundation grant provides much-needed operational funds for the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation. The grant funds allow the Legacy Foundation to continue its work of making an impact in the Moorhead Schools community by enhancing the school district’s programs and facilities and creating an endowment for the future.
The matching grant was made possible in part by generous donations from supportive community members and local businesses.
The Legacy Foundation held its first-ever SpudTacular Gala in September and awarded eight Spud Student Impact grants to teachers in the Moorhead Schools. The foundation is preparing for its second Giving Hearts Day in February 2018 in support of its Food for Thought campaign to provide milk and snack to students in need.
The past, present and future combined to make Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation’s first-ever SpudTacular Gala a success. Attendees had a glimpse of the past of Moorhead Area Public Schools, heard messages from present Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation board members, and listened to music from future leaders.
The Oct. 21 sold-out event featured Brian Cole as honorary chairman/host. He shared stories of the history of Moorhead Area Public Schools. Foundation board members Lisa Borgen and Rob Bye shared comments, and gala goers enjoyed featured performances from the cast of “Aida,” Moorhead High School’s 2017 fall musical, and selections from Moorhead High School’s Apollo Strings.
Attendees had the opportunity to bid on items, including a Matt Cullen autographed hockey stick, a Carson Wentz autographed football, and a private dinner party at Mezzaluna, followed by dinner and dancing to Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome.
The Legacy Foundation recognized the recipients of the first eight $500 grants awarded to Moorhead Area Public Schools educators. Proceeds from the gala will help the Legacy Foundation support students in the areas of academics, activities, arts and athletics and grow its endowment.
The gala was made possible by presenting sponsor Muscatell Automotive Group; gold sponsors Zerr Berg Architects and Gehrtz Construction; silver sponsors Sanford Health, Bell State Bank, Blackridge Bank, Bremer Bank/Bremer Insurance and Eide Bailly LLP; and bronze sponsors American Crystal Sugar, Fargo Linoleum, Vogel Law/Corey and Brenda Elmer, Scheels, Bert’s Truck Equipment, Glacier Snow, Dakota Medical Foundation, Northwest Blinds and more.
Next year’s SpudTacular Gala is set for Sept. 29, 2018.