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PEF exceeds fundraising goal for Food Science/Ag building


The Plymouth Education Foundation Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee (left to right) Anne Troka, Brenda Dale, Jess Mella, Carrie Dassow, Toni DeStefano, Crystal Fieber, Dena Budrecki, Gale Litt, Caren Johnson, Kristi Jankowski, Erv Golembiewski, Dave Ohman, Nancy Jusky, Louie Gentine, Jennifer Rauscher, Teresa Suttner, Dan Mella, Lynn Kulow, Jamie Gambrell, Steve Douglas, Tracy Heinbuch, and Walter Taylor, celebrated the successful completion of the first capital campaign in the foundation’s 25-year-old history, exceeding the $1 million goal to build the Food Science and Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School. Not pictured are Bart Halderson, John Mueller, Clark Reinke, Karen Rhyan, Teresa Van Horn, Tom Wegner, Bob Travis, Mike Lanser, Slyvia Hemauer, Paul Gamoke, Todd Abraham and Jeff Mueller. — Submitted photo The Plymouth Education Foundation Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee (left to right) Anne Troka, Brenda Dale, Jess Mella, Carrie Dassow, Toni DeStefano, Crystal Fieber, Dena Budrecki, Gale Litt, Caren Johnson, Kristi Jankowski, Erv Golembiewski, Dave Ohman, Nancy Jusky, Louie Gentine, Jennifer Rauscher, Teresa Suttner, Dan Mella, Lynn Kulow, Jamie Gambrell, Steve Douglas, Tracy Heinbuch, and Walter Taylor, celebrated the successful completion of the first capital campaign in the foundation’s 25-year-old history, exceeding the $1 million goal to build the Food Science and Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School. Not pictured are Bart Halderson, John Mueller, Clark Reinke, Karen Rhyan, Teresa Van Horn, Tom Wegner, Bob Travis, Mike Lanser, Slyvia Hemauer, Paul Gamoke, Todd Abraham and Jeff Mueller. — Submitted photo The Plymouth Education Foundation’s capital campaign exceeded its $1 million goal in its first capital campaign of its 25-year-old history.

Anne Troka, Plymouth Education Foundation executive director, announced a total of $1,066,300 has been raised in 10 months after the start of the campaign to build the Food Science and Agriculture Center. Gifts were received from 154 different donors - a third from individuals, a third from businesses, and a third from organizations.

“You will not find more a generous and caring community than Plymouth,” said Nancy Jusky, cochairwoman of the foundation’s capital campaign. “We are grateful to all of those who gave money or invested their time in helping us meet our goal. Their generosity will be felt by Plymouth students for years to come.”

“The Foundation’s fundraising efforts went above and beyond during our ambitious capital cam- paign. Our volunteer team worked hard and we are truly grateful for the outstanding support of the community including individuals, businesses, and organizations,” said Teresa Suttner, co-chairwoman of the foundation’s capital campaign.

The foundation’s capital campaign honorary cochairs, Louie Gentine and Dr. Dave Ohman, cited their gratitude for the dedication and commitment of all the volunteers and donors.

According to Gentine, “There is no way we would have been able to accomplish the goal without their strong support and desire to continue to provide a high quality education for all Plymouth students.” Ohman agreed, “The Plymouth community has once again demonstrated the value it places on preparing every student who graduates to be excited about his or her future.”

All gifts donated to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign through December will be counted toward the final total for the Food Science and Agriculture Center. As with all donations made to the foundation, donations are distributed according to the donors’ wishes. Therefore, each donation made to the foundation designated for the Food Science and Agriculture Center is placed into a fund, which will be used specifically for this project.

“I am so proud to be a part of the foundation and this community for achieving this tremendous goal. We all did our part in helping to plant a seed to grow the foundation and further its mission to enhance the educational experience for students in the Plymouth School District,” said Crystal Fieber, Plymouth Education Foundation president.

The Food Science and Agriculture Center will be a research facility allowing students to design, install, maintain and test various growing systems, including hydroponics and aquaponics. It is expected to benefit nearly threequarters of the PHS student body, supporting curriculum in seven academic areas and providing more opportunities for all students - whether they are bound for college, technical school or the workplace.

The success of the foundation’s capital campaign, receiving over 100 percent in donations, allows the Plymouth School District to go out to bid on the project early in 2015 with the goal to break ground in spring 2015 and open to students and the community in fall of 2015.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity and the support that the Plymouth community has for its school district and the future of the students in our community,” said Dr. Carrie Dassow, Plymouth School District superintendent. “The Plymouth School District is grateful for the generous donations and for the outstanding efforts of the Plymouth Education Foundation and its capital campaign volunteers. This center will positively impact our community in so many ways.”


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