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'Over the past four years, we have raised nearly $230,000 to fund teacher grants and other special programs.'

Thanks to our amazing and generous community and business partners, the Sherwood Education Foundation raised $80,000 at this year's Sip & Spell event. Over the past four years, we have raised nearly $230,000 to fund teacher grants and other special programs.

Our presenting sponsors, Karina Ruiz, principal at BRIC Architecture Inc.; Rick Rainone, founder and president of Cornerstone Management Group Inc.; and Trevor Wyckoff, vice president and project executive at Skanska, shared the latest video of the construction progress of the new Sherwood High School. Their generous support and dedication to the Sherwood School District and the Foundation are much appreciated.

Event guests entered through the Smockville Brewhouse, where they viewed the silent auction items and enjoyed a complimentary beverage and then proceeded to the Sherwood Center for the Arts. The Sherwood High School jazz band, under the direction of Brant Stai, filled the lobby with music. Guests "sipped" their beverage of choice, gathered with friends at the photobooth and bid competitively, via their mobile device, on silent auction items.

Tree's Restaurant and Catering provided a delicious dinner as guests were seated to enjoy the evening festivities. Our valedictorian tables were decorated with beautiful centerpieces, donated by Bella Bloom Florals & The Ackerly at Sherwood. Patrick Siver of gEvents returned for his fourth year as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.

In addition to leading the group through a generous paddle raise in support of the Foundation and the teacher grant program, there was competitive bidding to place another speller up on the panel, as well as two bidders ending up in possession of the powerful "Senestraro Save the Speller Paddles" allowing each an opportunity to save a speller during the competition

While guests enjoyed the always tasty desserts provided by The Hungry Hero Dessert Co., Melissa Baran and Rahim Tufts joined the moderators' table to get started with the spelling bee competition. Sherwood School District Superintendent Dr. Heather Cordie judged the spelling bee for her fourth year in a row, bringing her humor and wit to the event. In the end, Sherwood Tax Guy & JBO Baseball Coach, Paul Fulwiler was declared the winner, spelling the words "azimuth" followed by "vertebrae." Amy Mitchell came in a close second, giving Paul some major competition.

Other competitors this year included Bill Farnum, Mark Gribble, Shannon Harrell, Courtney Kliever, John Mantalas, Amy Mitchell, Brianne Roby, Lester Sparks and mystery speller Emma Utti.

The Sherwood Education Foundation board would like to once again thank all of our sponsors, guests and participants in helping us to achieve such great success with this event. Keep an eye on our Facebook or website for details on programs funded through the foundation, pictures of the event and information on how you can get involved.

Kristie Spurling is a member of the Sherwood Education Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports Sherwood schools, teachers and students.


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