Randy Throne, formerly of Eagarville, was the winner of The Partnership for Educational Excellence’s annual raffle. On Palm Sunday during the Ben-Gil Elementary School’s drive-through spaghetti dinner, Tara Cooper, assistant principal, drew Randy’s name from 500 ticket stubs.
“I never win anything,” said Randy. “This is great.” Randy had purchased one ticket.
The raffle was kicked off at The Partnership’s “For the Love of Education” annual trivia night on February 4. Only 500 tickets were sold at a cost of $20 each were sold.
“The community responded enthusiastically, as it always has,” said John Fassero, Jr. “This year there was an especially good response among CUSD7 teachers. After all, their students benefit most from the raffle and all our donors generosity. Teachers know that every dollar is invested directly into the academic futures of our most important asset: our children.”
The Partnership is an all-volunteer, IRS-chartered 501c3 not-for-profit education foundation established in 1992. In addition to 30 years of classroom mini-grants and more recently whole-school block grants, the foundation annually awards academic tuition scholarships. Last year, the kickoff to its 30th anniversary, The Partnership gave $1,000 tuition scholarships to a record 37 percent of the Gillespie High School class of 2022 to pursue studies in trade schools, colleges, and universities.
For more information and to support The Partnership, visit our website at www.thepartnershipcusd7.org Ear-marked donations and memorial scholarships are welcomed. You can also contact The Partnership at P.O. Box 125, Gillespie IL 62033.