Monthly floral arrangements for a year, handpainted mudroom lockers, Invisalign braces, and a Redneck Hootennany are only a few of the nearly 20 items that will be up for auction during this year’s Grove Education Foundation for Excellence Gala, set for April 4, at the Royal Bay Yacht Club.

“Once again this year, Grove businesses and supporters 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 11 years and, as a result of their support, GEFFE has been able to provide over $400,000 in grants back to the Grove School District.”

Grove Dental Associates and Dr. Karl Jobst have both donated Invisalign braces this year. 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.

Again this year, guests at the Gala will be able to bid on a Redneck Hootennany. Bruce DuBois, Shane Berry, Timbered-in Catering, Sean Worley and the whole “redneck crew” are donating a day of fun for 10 guests, including clay-pigeon shooting and a old-fashioned BBQ dinner.

Royal Horse Ranch is also a repeat donor to GEFFE. This year’s donation is a catered wine-tasting package. Meggan Maravich has donated hand-painted mudroom lockers. A 2-day guided pheasant hunt for 4 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.

“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 or silent auction. Businesses wishing to donate an item for either auction can contact Kristi Wallace at 791-1947. Tickets to the event can still be purchased at local banks for $75.

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.