Fundraiser returns to UW-Fox
By Chelsea Cronce
photo by Kari Toland
Professors Judith and George Waller serve their homemade dish at
the e.a.t.s event held on Oct. 15.
The 15th annual Educational Assistance through Scholarships (e.a.t.s) fundraiser was held in the Communication Arts Center (CAC) on Oct.15.
The UW-Fox Valley Foundation organized the event to raise money for students’ scholarships.
“We get people from all throughout the community that are willing to volunteer their time as chefs and show up to serve,” Dubear Kroening, associate professor of biology, said.
Around 50 chefs volunteered to prepare creative dishes for guests to sample at the event.
“I have been involved for about eight years and I love cooking because of the creativity in it and making something new and unique,” e.a.t.s. committee member Tod Galloway, said.
The fundraiser’s new location in the CAC provided an elegant setting for attendees.
UW-Fox Jazz Ensemble and local musicians also performed for guests throughout the night.
“It went great over all…plenty of food, good people, nice music and a good atmosphere.” Kroening said.
The fundraiser held a silent auction for items donated by local businesses.
Auction items included an assortment of gift cards, artwork, vacation packages and airline tickets.
Proceeds from the silent auction went to funding student scholarships.
Sophomore Jennifer Sims enjoyed working for the e.a.t.s. fundraiser.
“I got a scholarship from a French class and it’s a requirement to volunteer. I think I might even do it in the future because it was a pretty cool experience,” Sims said.
Committee members, faculty, staff and scholarship recipients work together at e.a.t.s. to serve guests.
“This is my 5th year helping as a chef and each year it’s a chance to cook something up and try something new,” volunteer chef Brian Douglas, said.
Scholarship recipients were required to work this year’s event by helping with set up, serving and closing the banquet.
“The presence of the students is very important at the e.a.t.s. event because it’s showing that [scholarship recipients] are appreciative of the guests’ donations,” Carol Letter, coordinator of student volunteers at UW-Fox, said.
“It’s important to volunteer because it’s a way to payback and show appreciation for the scholarship I received,” Sims said.
Lisa Weiner, executive director of The UW-Fox Valley Foundation, coordinated with student volunteers and scholarship recipients to make the evening a success.
“I thought that all our student volunteers and scholarship recipients did an outstanding job and I enjoyed working with them,” Weiner said.
In past years, the e.a.t.s. fundraiser raised nearly $500,000 to go towards student scholarships.
The fundraiser raised an estimated $45,000 from generous donors and businesses in the community this year.
For more information about the e.a.t.s. fundraiser or to become a volunteer next year, contact Carol Letter or call 920-832-2849.