By Sam Elliott
The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation’s Game Day fundraiser tips off again for its fourth year from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 26 at Conner Prairie.
The event has quickly become the foundation’s signature fundraising event through its previous three years.
“It’s actually been growing. It has its roots in a traditional fundraising dinner they’d had for more than a decade,” HSSF executive director Freedom Kolb said. “A few years ago we changed it to be much more informal, a mingling event, not assigned tables and the reception has been fantastic. We have sponsors and participants that come and say ‘Yours is the one event we won’t miss because not only do we do good, but we have a good time while we’re there.’”
Attendees are encouraged to wear attire supporting their favorite sports teams while the event supports innovation in education across HSE schools.
“Game Day is an awesome event and it’s the largest event and fundraiser dedicated to supporting all of the district’s 21 schools, specifically funding requests directly from faculty members to bring innovation into the classroom,” HSE school board member and liaison to the foundation Howard Stevenson said. “It’s a fun chance for businesses, faculty and parents to come together to make a difference in our schools … We’ll have HSE’s very own alum and current Colts player Joe Reitz there to mingle, too.”
Tickets, which are $65 and available at HSEFoundation.org, includes dinner, drinks, entertainment and access to a large collection of silent auction items.
The foundation recently concluded its grant application process from HSE teachers, with more than $90,000 in requests submitted.
“We don’t know that we can raise enough money to cover all of them, but we want to fund as many as we can,” Kolb said. “A couple years ago we netted $20,000 and last year it was closer to $50,000 … You can see the upward trajectory it’s gained and it’s not just a fundraiser — people really enjoy their time there.”
This year’s Game Day fundraiser will also specifically target HSE science, technology, engineering and math programs.