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The Mukwonago Education Foundation board of directors hosted a sold out event on Oct. 8 at at Gearbox Express, Mukwonago.

The annual fundraising event, hosted this year by Bruce Neumiller, CEO of Gearbox Express, included tours of the new Gearbox facility, as well as a short presentation on the rapid growth of the business and economic impact to the community.

The evening included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live music, a presentation that highlighted outcomes of grant recipients and a dinner served up by Tony Lewanovich, a Mukwonago resident and owner of Champps Americana and his team.

Many members of the Mukwonago Area School District (MASD) were in attendance as well as representation from the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

Shawn McNulty, MASD superintendent, shared his vision of a community that has developed strong partnerships between the schools, parents and community.

"The evening, as well as the growth of the Education Foundation during the past 12 years, was a testament to that effective partnership," Education Foundation President Jamie Pratt wrote in press release.

In 12 years of existence, the foundation has built a record of philanthropic efforts that have bolstered teacher/student grant initiatives and yielded fundraising returns into the tens of thousands, according to Pratt. Some key successes have included digital camera purchases, support of the MHS/Rotary School-to-Work house, the One Book-One School art legacy initiative, new band uniforms, SMARTboards, LiveScribe and Echo Pens, the Mukwonago Performing Arts Fund, the IT Academy, and the popular special education business, Jo-2-Go.

Members of the Mukwonago Education Foundation include Jamie Pratt, Merri Cvetan, Kurt Nemer, Pam Hotz, Tom McKeever, Matthew Los, Roseanne McGuire, Karl Robe, Rick Murphy, and Molly Dobberke.

The next grant cycle will be taking place this month and again in March, 2017.

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