Panther Gala fun

The Panther Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to support the Spring Lake Park Schools district, raised nearly $180,000 during its 14th annual gala “Fire and Ice” on Saturday, February 24.

Each year the Panther Foundation, in collaboration with the school district, identifies a special project, called “Fund-a-Dream” to be introduced at the Gala that is intended to make a difference in the lives of students. This year the Foundation announced their largest project ever -- a Capital Campaign to enhance athletic and activities facilities. The Foundation announced they will commit $600,000 toward this cause, using $400,000 of its available cash and will look to raise the remaining $200,000 through this campaign.

Attendees at the event pledged more than $40,000 putting the Foundation well on the way to the $200,000 goal. 

“We are thrilled to announce our most ambitious project to date. We are pleased to work together with the district and our community to embark on a Capital Campaign to improve athletics and activities facilities. We are proud to have a dedicated and generous community that continues to show their support for our students and district,” said Bill Koschak, Chairperson of the Panther Foundation.

Over 300 people attended the event with more than 400 silent auction items as well as several live auction items.

Annual Sponsors of the Panther Foundation include Marsh & McLennan Agency, Bill & Wendy Koschak, Meyer Contracting, Chris & Niomi Hasling, Hoffman Weber Construction, Imagine Smiles, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Kris Lindahl of REMAX realty, Tonya & Kevin Rowe, and State Farm - Tom Holland Agency.

After this past weekend’s event, the Panther Foundation has surpassed $1.5 million dollars in support of projects for student experiences and world-class learning in the district since 2004. To date, more than 277 projects have been funded. The Foundation’s next event is scheduled for June 25, 2018 where the Foundation will host the 6th Annual Golf Fundraiser at the Refuge Golf Club.