Submitted by Kohler School Foundation
The Kohler School Foundation looks forward to October 28 with great anticipation. Fall Follies, in its eleventh year, has been the Foundation’s primary fundraiser. Contributions to the Annual Fund through the event have allowed many enhancements to help take Kohler Schools beyond the basics. In 2017, one such example is the multimedia studio that was designed to allow students to use today’s digital tools to create video and audio production. The grant, generated through the 2016 auction at Fall Follies, allowed the district to purchase several laptops with multimedia software along with a staging area (projector, sound and screen) in the cafeteria to showcase student work. “While the components have only been in place for about a semester, students have already been able to create video and audio works and share them with one another,” explains band director, Rich Tengowski, “From a visual perspective, art students created movies and showcased those several times in the spring to the student body. Music students have recorded college audition materials, edited music for several student movies and recorded background tracks for student musicians.”
Many of these grants would not have happened had it not been from the support of the community through the fundraiser. This year, the Foundation also recognizes the need to continue saving for the future of public schools. A portion of the proceeds from Fall Follies will be placed into the Visionary Endowment Fund. “For a long time, we’ve looked to fulfill immediate needs of the district, but we’ve recognized it’s important to also plan ahead and begin to build a long-term fund that becomes sustainable,” says board president, Amy Biznek.
The Fall Follies committee will add freshness to the event this year. With dueling pianos as entertainment, the room will undoubtedly have a different feel. While a simple black and white theme is in place, the committee once again encourages attendees to get creative with their attire. They welcome all community members to reserve a spot and enjoy meeting new people and reconnecting with others. “Last year was my first time attending the event,” explained resident Megan Martin-Rohr, “it was really great fun getting to know both our new neighbors and parents of students at the school.”
With silent and live auctions, there are some innovative new items on the block. Additionally, high school photography class has once again submitted black and white photography for the silent auction. “It has always been a treat to showcase student talent and we are fortunate to be able to put that artistic ability on display,” said Follies committee member, Jess Childs.
To purchase a reservation to the event held October 28 at 6:30pm at the American Club, please visit bidpal.net/ksf2017. You may also register to begin bidding on select items and view additional auction items. It will be updated regularly until the event.