Second Annual “Light The Way” Gala

The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation will host its second annual Light the Way Gala Saturday, March 25 at Copper Dock Winery near Pocahontas. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00.

Following the meal, a live auction will be held, featuring items such as A three-month membership to The Zone in Greenville; an exam and nail trim package from Countryside Pet Clinic; four infield box tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game; an Easter theme filled basket; a Coach bag; a rag quilt; a New Year’s Getaway at the Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Big Cedar (near Branson, MO; on Table Rock Lake) on Saturday, December 30, 2017, through Tuesday, January 2, 2018; Sorento School Sausage Dinner tickets; four dugout box tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game; 4.5 hours of service from Roger Schrage Construction; a Comets football BBQ grill; five tickets to next year’s Greenville High School musical + dessert; a $25 gift certificate from Z-1 Automotive; four one-day Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World; a beef meat bundle; a Tupperware filled basket; a home safety basket; a fruit basket; six daily passes to the Korte Rec Center in Highland; two box tickets to a Chicago White Sox game; a Lincoln Presidential Library package; two general admission passes to Holiday World/Splashin’ Safari; four rounds of golf at Annbriar Golf Course; two box tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game; and more.

Silent auctions will also be held during the event.

To view a full list of auction items, which is updated regularly, visit

Auction items are still being added. To contribute an item to the auction, call Valerie Klenke at 618-367-5637.

Live music will be provided at the Gala by Taylor Steele and Shane Danosky following the dinner and auction.

Money raised through the Light the Way Gala will be used by the Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation to fund teacher grants for classroom projects in Greenville, Pocahontas, and Sorento Schools.

Teachers are invited to apply for Academic Foundation grants each school year, requesting money for projects and equipment purchases the Unit 2 School District is unable to fund through their budget. A committee reviews all applications and selects a number of projects to fund in the fall. In 2016, the Academic Foundation awarded 24 grants to Unit 2 teachers, totaling nearly $20,000.

The second annual Light the Way Gala is sponsored in part by Bradford National Bank, Greenville College, the Greenville Optimist Club, Frank and Susan Watson, and First National Bank.

Additional sponsorship opportunities exist. To find out more, call Valerie Klenke at 618-367-5637.

Tickets to the event are $50, or $75 per couple. They can be purchased at Watson’s Health Mart Drug Store or the Unit 2 District Office. Saturday, March 11 is the last day to purchase tickets.

For more information, call Academic Foundation President Don Dillon at 618-664-9479 or visit

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