Fort Thomas Education Foundation Dance Set For March 4
By Jessica Duke
2016 FTEF Dance Attendees Lindsey Collier, Sarah Cameron, Laura Meier and Jessica Duke.
Tickets are now on sale for one of the best fundraiser dances of the year- the Annual Fort Thomas Education Foundation Dance. The dance will be held on Saturday March 4 from 8-12pm at the Mess Hall in Tower Park. The featured band this year will be the popular local group, The Rusty Griswolds, who have been voted “Best of Cincinnati” nine out of the past twelve years and cover all the hits of the 1980’s!
Themes for this event in the past have been wide-ranging from movie characters, to black and white, to last year’s popular Saturday Night Live themed dance. This year the theme is “March into Fort Madness”. While costumes are expected, one can feel free to get creative with the theme (please check the April issue of The Fort Thomas Living for pictures of the best dressed- which could be you!).
Proceeds from the sale of tickets go to benefit the Fort Thomas Education Foundation (FTEF). FTEF has managed several successful capital campaigns to benefit the Fort Thomas Schools in the construction of new, state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally, this non-profit organization provides more than $70,000 per year in teacher grants for items such as iPads, STEM lab materials, a 3D printer, and much more. To date, FTEF has raised more than $11,000,000 and events such as the annual dance go a long way toward that total. In the past, this dance has raised approximately $50,000 and is followed quickly by the teacher grant process; this dance allows for more of the grant requests to get funded through the funds raised at the dance.
Kevin Duke, Board Member for FTEF, says of this event, “It is one of my favorite nights of the year; to see all of Fort Thomas’ finest decked out in fun and creative costumes, gathering together for a common cause, and genuinely enjoying spending a night out partying and dancing with their neighbors, is just such a unique experience.”
Included in the ticket price of the annual dance is entrance to the dance, the live entertainment, an array of food selection from local restaurants, and access to the silent auction. There is a cash bar that will feature a variety of beers, wines, mixed drinks, and a bourbon bar. The silent auction will be online this year so even if you cannot attend, you can still bid on the wide selection of options. The silent auction can be found at www.biddingforgood.com/ftefauction and will go live on February 17th.
For tickets or to donate to the mission of FTEF, visit the FTEF website at www.FTEF.org or call/email Sally Race at 859-815-2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsors are still needed for the event with various sponsorship levels as options. Each of the sponsorship options includes a number of benefits. Gold sponsors start at $1,000, silver at $500, and bronze at $250. For information on the levels and benefits, visit the FTEF website.
Help the FTEF raise money for the Fort Thomas schools and have a great time in the process. Enjoy the “Madness”!