The Noblesville Schools Education Foundation will host its largest annual fundraising event, MillerPalooza, Nov. 9.
The yearly event at Purgatory Golf Club, 12160 E. 216th St., Noblesville, draws more than 200 people with the goal of providing grants to teachers and educational programs across the district’s 10 schools.
“I believe this is the eighth year for MillerPalooza,” said Adriann Young, executive director of the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation. “It has changed over time from being a fashion show into more of a casino night and gala.”
In an effort to have a more casual event, this year’s theme is Jean and Jewels.
“It’s like dressed up with jeans, dressy casual,” Young said.
Last year’s MillerPalooza raised $23,000 for the foundation, more than double the previous year’s amount.
“It has surpassed our other events and has become our signature fundraiser for the year,” Young said. “That money goes into our general operating fund, which funds our classroom grants, which then goes directly back to students.”
During the past year, the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation has awarded 18 grants of varying amounts in the district.
“The largest grant this year went to fund a STEM weather balloon tracking project where high school students work with third-graders,” Young said. “We’ve put more than $15,000 into the district with our grants in the past year.”
Other grants have funded classroom libraries, community gardens, summer book mobiles, STEM projects, guest speakers, learning tools for students with special needs and projects.
MillerPalooza will feature a silent auction, which will begin online prior to the event and will include a Colts football package, Indy racing experience, Disneyworld tickets, a private plane ride, Chicago museum packages, local restaurant and shopping offerings, among other items..
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at noblesvilleschools.org/educationfoundation.