2018 Community Education Breakfast Raises More Than $113,000

Sept. 10, 2018

Nearly 600 guests filled the ballroom at the Doubletree by Hilton for the annual Breakfast event. Lawrence Public Schools students and teachers will benefit greatly thanks to the success of the 17th annual Lawrence Schools Foundation Community Education Breakfast held Friday, Sept. 7. Thanks to some wonderful additional donations, including $50,000 from Truity Credit Union, the event raised $113,646.

The Breakfast, which drew nearly 600 people into the ballroom of the Doubletree by Hilton, raised money to support Foundation programs which benefit our classrooms through early childhood education, needs-based and enrichment grants, and staff awards.

“What an incredible day and another reminder of how generous our community is,” said Dena Johnston, executive director of the Foundation. “It is always amazing to see that many people in one room, at the same time, sharing the same passion.”

Sponsorships, ticket sales and donations reached $57,000, while Truity Credit Union’s announced gift of $50,000, Hy-Vee’s $2,000 and a yellow cup ask at the Breakfast raised another $4,646 for the additional monies.

Truity Credit Union presented a $50,000 check to the Foundaton Truity, a longtime, generous supporter of the Foundation, presented its biggest gift to date after the event. Truity annually provides more than $20,000 in support of the Foundation.

Hy-Vee issued a $2,000 check to the Foundation as part of the store’s Dollars For Scholars Program, which raises money for participating schools in the district, as well as unrestricted money for the Foundation.

A new program in the Foundation this year is the IC.A.N (Classroom Angel Network) fund, which will provide money for counselors at the schools to assists students who have immediate basic needs that need to be met. This could be anything from providing a pair of tennis shoes for gym class, or a winter coat to basic hygiene needs to paying an electric bill.

Yellow cups were provided at the 60 tables and guests were asked to contribute to the fund recently started by the 2018 Leadership Lawrence Class. Guests were challenged to donate $2,500, but instead dropped $4,646 in the cups.

“I am continually amazed and inspired by our community and the work that the Foundation does for our district,” Johnston said.

Hy-Vee presented a $2,000 check as part of its Dollars For Scholars program.  Student champions pose with Dr. Anthony Lewis and keynote speaker Darryl Monroe   Pre-K students provided entertainment by singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame