Stillwater News Press

March 26, 2014

Stillwater Public Education Foundation fundraiser is 'tasty'

By Justin Tate
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Taste of Stillwater gave residents the opportunity to fill their bellies and support Stillwater Public Schools Tuesday night.

Stillwater Public Education Foundation Executive Director Jenifer Bartley said approximately 35 restaurants participated in the event, held at the Payne County Expo Center.

“It is just a big mega-buffet,” Bartley said.

Bartley said the event is a great way to support the public schools while maybe trying a restaurant you haven’t eaten at before or enjoying an old favorite.

“People just come hungry and hit as many restaurants as they can,” Bartley said.

Bartley said the foundation is a nonprofit geared toward supporting the school district.

“We give money that we raise back to the district in the form of teacher grants, technology campaigns and things of that nature,” Bartley said. “We have given out about $5,500 in teacher grants so far this school year.”

Bartley said the money raised at Taste of Stillwater will be put in the foundation’s general fund, some of it to be put toward larger projects in the future.

“The rest of the money we use for our teacher grants that teachers can apply for individual projects or materials they need,” Bartley said.

Although Bartley is the only employee of foundation, there are 22 volunteers from the community that comprise its board.

Juanita Sullins, a Stillwater resident, said she has certainly enjoyed the event through the past few years.

“I’ve come for the last five years,” Sullins said. “It’s great. I love the food, the atmosphere, the advertising that they have.”

Sullins said she enjoys discovering new restaurants that she hasn’t been to before.

“I think it’s wonderful to support our kids for their education,” Sullins said. “Everything they can get, they need.”