MISD scholarship fundraiser sets record

The weather was challenging, but that didn’t stop several hundred people from attending the sixth annual Menominee Indian School District scholarship gala Friday. The event, held at the Menominee Casino and Resort in Keshena, raised a record $35,813.

“We had a great turnout, and it was a lot of fun,” said Kate Mikle, gala coordinator. “People were definitely in the mood to help build our scholarship fund. In fact, four pies — part of the live auction — raised a combined total of more than $2,800. People really got into the spirit of friendly competition during the bidding.”

The event featured a dinner, bucket raffles, 50/50 raffle, meat raffles and live auction. Attendees also heard from Menominee School alumnus Ron Frechette, who talked about the importance of the ongoing scholarship programs. He is attending Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and pursuing a criminal justice degree.

The naming sponsors for this year’s event were Menominee Tribal Enterprises and the Menominee Nation. Educational sponsor was the College of the Menominee Nation.

Additional sponsors and donors included: Draeger Propane; Industrial Roofing Services Inc.; J Pfarr Consulting; Menominee Casino Resort; Tumbleweed; Nsight-Cellcom; Buss Motors, Davis & Kuelthau; Floors Unlimited; Green Bay Packers Give Back; LeBakkens Rent to Own; Leonard & Finco Public Relations; M3 Insurance; the Menominee Tribal Clinic; Charlie’s County Market; Ed Christensen; Creative Signs; Carol Dodge; Richard and Pauline Dodge; Pamela Frechette; Susan Finco; Bert Huntington; Knights of Columbus; Krueger’s Sign & Electric; Menominee Transit; Miller’s Action Office Supply; North Star Casino; Pine Hills Golf Course; Paul Schwaller; Shawano Lake Golf Course; Betti Souther; Springside Cheese; Terry Strebel; SuperValu Lakewood; the Timber Rattlers; Wendell and Lori Waukau; and Dawn Wilber,

“It’s so good to know that area businesses are willing to support our students,” added Superintendent Wendell Waukau. “We thank them for stepping up to sponsor and attend our event. They are making a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”

The gala was planned by a volunteer committee of school district teachers, staff and administrators. In addition to Mikle and Waukau, committee members included Paul Schwaller, Terry Brooks, Robert Burr, Michelle Frechette, Kim Mitchell, Klint Hischke and Jim Reif.