Alta Education Foundation drafts preliminary plans for fundraising at meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Members of the Alta Educa-tion Foundation met Monday night to discuss plans to implement a widescale fundraising effort for the proposed new school project as soon as possible.

The foundation, comprised of members of the Chamber of Commerce, Alta School System and other citizens of the town, was originally organized as a way to collect funds for needed supplies such as new technological equipment, books and scholarships for students.

Now, however, the primary goal of the foundation is to raise money for the proposed school construction project and bond issue up for a community vote on Dec. 4.

"The focus right now is to help raise money for the construction project," Alta Schools Superintendent Fred Maharry, a member of the foundation, said. "That's what we are focusing our efforts on now."

The first fundraising event the Alta Education Foundation is sponsoring is a golf tournament to be held Sunday morning at the Alta Golf and Country Club.

It will tee off at 9 a.m., and Paula Radke, a foundation member and head organizer of the tournament, told others at the meeting the event has added several couples in the past few days.

"Last week we had about 17 people, and now we have roughly 22 or 23 couples registered," Radke said. "We have enough to go ahead with the tournament."

Radke said she is ecstatic with the amount of support from local businesses, who have offered numerous prizes for competitors at the event.

"We have had a large number of businesses who have donated money and prizes for this," Radke said. "The support we have received from the business community on this has been tremendous. It's really been great to see."

The business support has allowed the foundation to offer prizes on every hole, and Radke said virtually every contestant will walk off the course with some level of prize.

Registration for the card tournament to be held on the same day in the golf course clubhouse does not end until Friday.

After wrapping up plans for the golf tournament, the organization began a discussion on different ways to start additional fundraising to help raise awareness and support for the bond issue.

The first item on the agenda was the creation of a new brochure which would outline the various ways the school would help both students at the school and people in the community in the future.

While still in a very rough draft, the brochure would include proposed floor plans of the sections which would be used by the entire community, including the library, wellness center and computer lab/media center.

It would also include facts about the cost of the project, and would attempt to answer some questions about how it would be constructed and the timeline for the proposed school project.

The brochure may also include information about how people may give to the fund, and the foundation talked about setting up different donation levels.

The different possible donation stages were not rigidly set at the meeting, but benefactors would be able to purchase bricks as a way to commemorate their gift to the school.

"This is a way for people to identify with the project even more," Maharry said. "That's our main focus. We want people to be able to say they were a part of this."

People purchasing bricks could also stage their gifts over three years.

For example, if the price of a brick is set for $100, people could pay $33 a year for three years to complete their donation.

There is also a possibility that larger donors could earmark their money toward a certain section of the school and have their name attached to the area.

Potential donors with an interest in music could entitle the music rooms with a name of their choice, or a benefactor wanting to give their money to the library could also see their name over the non-fiction area, for example.

The price for naming sections would be staged in accordance with the size and construction cost of each part of the building.

Maharry said it was also important for foundation members to emphasize that every donation made to the project would be multiplied by two as a result of the Alta City Council's recent decision to match any funds raised by the Alta Education Foundation up to $125,000.

Efforts will also be made to extend the process outside the city limits.

A letter will be drafted by the foundation and will be sent in the near future to numerous Alta alumni asking for their support of the potential project.

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