Hog roast to celebrate Ag Center grant match

The Plymouth Education Foundation has announced that the Community Match Challenge to benefit the Food Science and Agriculture Center exceeded its goal of $10,000.

An anonymous PHS alumnus offered to match all donations made in July and August, up to $10,000, to build the hands-on learning facility at Plymouth High School.

“Giving the community a chance to support the Food Science and Agriculture Center was a key element in continuing to move the foundation’s capital campaign forward toward success,” said Nancy Jusky, cochairwoman of the capital campaign.

“The Community Challenge, with tremendous support from The Review publishers and the match challenge by anonymous Plymouth High School alumnus, was the perfect vehicle for our community to show how much they cared about this educational opportunity for our children,” she added. “We asked and the community responded with a resounding ‘yes’ by accepting the Community Challenge and exceeding the match. Now you have all played a role in the education of our most precious resource - our children. We can’t say thank you enough.”

Over the past 11 months, the foundation has raised more than 95 percent of the estimated $1 million needed to build the facility and continues to steadily receive donations.

The community will have another opportunity to support the project as the foundation and Plymouth School District cohost a Hog Roast and Tailgate Party on Friday, Sept. 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing through halftime of the PHS football game against conference rival Waupun that night.

The public is invited to purchase pulled pork sandwiches ($4), milk or bottled water ($1), and single scoops of frozen custard ($2) from the tent next to the concession stand. All proceeds will benefit the foundation’s capital campaign to build the Food Science and Agriculture Center.

The idea for the fundraiser came from campaign co-chairman Dave Ohman. He and his wife, Barb, and their family are donating two hogs for the event.

“Our family is happy to provide the hogs for this event,” Dr. Ohman said. “Our community has been very generous in its support for the Food Science and Agriculture Center Campaign. We would like to thank the district staff, culinary arts and FFA students for their help in putting on this event. Come join us at the Hog Roast and Tailgate Party and enjoy some locally raised and prepared pulled pork and a Panther’s football victory.”

The hogs will be roasted by Mark Janey from Catering by J Enterprises. Plymouth High School students will finish and pull the meat with direction from district food service director Toni DeStefano and district chef Caren Johnson, prepare sauces and seasonings with guidance from culinary arts teachers Gale Litt and Connie Lund, and set up and serve during the event with assistance from agriculture teachers and FFA advisors Wally Taylor and Tracy Heinbuch.

Buns are being donated by Miller Baking Company and Piggly Wiggly, with custard donated by Culver’s.

“The foundation is grateful to the students, staff, and the community coming together at this event to show their continued support,” said Anne Troka, foundation executive director.

Mark your calendar: The PHS Homecoming Committee is further assisting the fundraising effort by hosting a Donation Night at Culver’s from 4 p.m. to close Monday, Oct. 6. Ten percent of sales that evening will go to the foundation’s capital campaign to build the Food Science and Agriculture Center.

The PHS Homecoming Committee will include this fundraising event in its traditional Spirit Week Competition. Each PHS student who purchases food that evening will earn a spirit point for his/her respective class. The community, including PHS alumni, also are invited and encouraged to participate in this fundraising event.

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