By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
If you like to eat and want to help support education, the Stillwater Public Education Foundation has just the event for you.
Taste of Stillwater, the foundation’s spring fundraising program, will be March 26 at the Payne County Expo Center.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event that serves as one of the foundation’s primary fundraisers each year.
More than 30 area restaurants will have booths set up inside the Payne County Expo Center. Ticket holders can sample each of those cuisines during the all-you-can-eat buffet that begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the event are on sale now. Tickets purchased in advance are $12 per person. Adult tickets at the door are $15. A five-ticket package of adult tickets is $50. Tickets for children in kindergarten through fifth-grade are $6. Children in pre-K and younger will be admitted free.
“Ticket sales always build as the event gets closer,” SPEF Executive Director Jenifer Bartley said. “But we are encouraging people to buy their tickets early.”
Tickets can be obtained at Arvest Bank, BancFirst (Eighth Avenue and Main), The Bank N.A. (6th Avenue and Washington), RCB Bank (324 S. Duck), Stillwater National Bank (6th Avenue and Main) or the school district’s Administration Building (314 S. Lewis).
Proceeds help fund SPEF’s grant program.
The foundation has awarded approximately $18,000 in grant funding to Stillwater Public Schools this year.
More than $750,000 in grant funding has been awarded since the foundation was established in 1984.
The foundation awarded six grants in the amount of $8,400 in February, including funding for such projects as cultivating gardens on school grounds and money for purchasing graphing calculators.
Bartley said the spring fundraiser traditionally raises between $10,000 and $12,000.
“Our mission is to put programs and materials into Stillwater Public School classrooms,” Bartley said.