Dancing, dining for a cause

By Anna Skinner

A night of dinner, dancing and fun will lead to field trips, books and curriculum enhancement as the Westfield Education Foundation hosted its annual Dinner Dance & Silent Auction at the Palomino Ballroom on Nov. 9.

The foundation puts on the yearly event to help raise money for teacher grants and student scholarships. All of the profits from the auction items and ticket sales went directly to classroom enrichment and college scholarships.

The auction items ranged from an Indianapolis Indians suite to holiday décor from Union Street Flowers and Gifts and much, much more.

“Many community businesses willingly donate items or services to help support what we do,” said Jan Skinner, executive director of the Westfield Education Foundation.

Alongside the silent auction were a catered buffet and a speech from foundation president Duane Lutz.

“To me, the Dinner Dance is trying to help fill a void with things that the schools can’t do themselves with tightening budgets,” he said. “It’s nice that the foundation can assist in supplementing the process to make sure the students get the best education they can.”

Last year, the Westfield Education Foundation raised more than $50,000 in student scholarships and $14,000 in teacher grants.

“As a nonprofit we rely on community, corporate and personal donations to be able to provide educational opportunities to our youth, and the Dinner Dance is a good way to accomplish that,” Skinner said.

The foundation puts on other fundraisers throughout the year, such as the Underground Railroad Run every spring. For more information, e-mail foundation@wws.in.us or call 867-8085.