Academic Foundation Gala To Benefit Unit 2 Classrooms

The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation will host its third annual Light the Way Gala Saturday, March 24 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:

Walt Disney World: 4-one day Park Hopper passes
Annbriar Golf Course: 4 rounds of golf
Oak Brook Golf Club: two rounds of 18 Holes of Golf with Cart
Korte Processing: BBQ Bundle
Korte Processing: Assorted Bundle
Night at the Musical: 4 tickets to G.H.S. Musical & concession treats
Chicago White Sox: 2 box tickets – July 11th game against St. Louis Cardinals
Bond County Bicentennial banner: autographed by Head East and Ideas of March
A Christmas Story DVD: autographed by cast members
The Fabulous Fox Theatre: tour tickets
Effingham Performance Center: 2 tickets – The Romantics on 4/28/2018 @ 8PM
Gateway Grizzlies: 4-2018 ticket vouchers
Lincoln Presidential Library package
Greenville Comets wooden wall plaque – handcrafted
Greenville University wooden wall plaque – handcrafted
Home safety basket
Tupperware filled basket
Oriental Trading: $25.00 certificate
Colorful 4-piece stemware set
St Louis World Fair souvenir mug
Vintage Nancy Drew books
Collectible 11.5″ doll: Yue-Sai Wawa Chin Dynasty
Casey’s General Stores: $50.00 gift card
AMC Theatre: 2 movie passes
Korte Rec Center: daily passes
Silk flower arrangements
A piece of Pocahontas history: 3′ x 3′ old gym floor
Rooster painting: acrylic on 14″ reclaimed, wooden circle
Barn quilt
Kate Spade crossbody purse
14” Smokey Joe charcoal grill, BBQ seasoning & sauce
Missouri Botanical Garden: 4 general admission passes
DiMaggio’s Pizza & Pasta: 2 large pizzas

Silent auctions and a 50/50 drawing 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 the Chapman Brothers Acoustic Duo 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 2017, the Academic Foundation and Unit 2 School District partnered to fund over 40 grants to Unit 2 teachers, totaling over $22,000.

The third annual Light the Way Gala is sponsored in part by Bradford National Bank, Frank & Susan Watson, The First National Bank of Greenville, Greenville University, and Mark & Cristina Elmore.

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 10 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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