An “Extreme Smile Makeover”, a guided pheasant hunt, a hand-painted children’s table, a 50" LG flat screen television set, flowers and chocolate for a year and a cheerleading party are only a few of the over 20 items that will be up for auction during this year’s Grove Education Foundation for Excellence Gala, set for April 5, at the Royal Bay Yacht Club.
“Once again this year, Grove businesses have donated wonderful items for the live and silent auctions,” stated Kristi Wallace, GEFFE Board President. “Many of our local businesses have supported us for nearly 10 years and, as a result of their support, GEFFE has been able to provide over $300,000 in grants back to the Grove School District.”
Grove Dental Associates, a long-time supporter of GEFFE, has donated an “Extreme Smile Makeover” this year. The package includes Invisalign braces or up to eight veneers, both of which will help improve a person’s smile. The package is valued at nearly $7,000.
Former GEFFE Board Member Shane Berry, along with Bill Berry and Honey Creek Nursery Wholesale, are once again donating 5 live trees to the auction. The high bidder will be able to choose from several varieties, all of which are 10' to 15' and ready for planting.
Royal Horse Ranch is also a repeat donor to GEFFE. The top bidder will have choice of packages: a hay ride for 25 people, including a wiener roast and pony rides, eight riding lessons (either English or western) or a trail ride for 10 through the beautiful countryside including a wiener roast.
For the chocolate lover, Java Dave’s is donating different varieties of chocolate each month for a year. For example, April’s package will include 2 pounds of assorted truffles, while June’s package will include 2 dozen chocolate-covered strawberries.
Bargain Center, another long-time GEFFE supporter, has graciously donated a 50" LG flat screen television set for the live auction. Another live auction item is a floral arrangement a month for a year, donated by Floral Expressions by Rebecca.
A two-day guided pheasant hunt for four in western Oklahoma is also up for grabs at the live auction. Provided by Dave Jones and Steve Shirley, the package includes lodging, transportation, meals and great dog work.
The Grove High School Cheerleaders and Michelle Martin are donating a cheerleading party/clinic for 12 lucky ladies who love to cheer. The package includes a custom decorated cake, decorations and cheerleading instructions.
Also up for auction will be a catered dinner for 25, provided by Timbered-In Catering and Shane and Kim Berry, flowers for a year by Floral Expressions by Rebecca, a hand-painted children’s table by Meggan Maravich and a guided fishing trip for 2 with professional fisherman Darrell Robertson. A guitar signed by the country recording artists Brooks & Dunn, donated by Dave and Beverly Helms, will also be included in the live auction.
“We are still finalizing our auction list,” Wallace stated, “and there are several more wonderful packages that will be up for auction at the fundraiser.”
Donations are still being accepted for both the live and silent auction. Businesses wishing to donate an item for either auction can contact Kay Lyn Beauchamp at 787-5540. Tickets to the event can still be purchased at local banks for $75.
Those who can’t attend the event, but would like to bid on an item, may call Kristi Wallace at 787-3855.
Money raised at the banquet is given back to the Grove School District in the form of grants to the school. Teachers and principals submit grants to GEFFE requesting for various educational projects. During the past ten years, GEFFE has awarded over $300,000 in grants to the school district.