WAPS Foundation Event Breaks Fundraising Record and Raises over $74,000

On October 9, 2021 the Foundation for WAPS hosted its tenth annual fundraising event with lead sponsorship, 10 years running, from Merchants Bank and WNB Financial.

Foundation Executive Director Shelley Milek wants to thank these lead sponsors as well as corporate sponsors: Farmers Insurance, Fastenal Company, Miller Ingenuity, RTP Company, Roemer Construction & Design, Russell & Associates, Solvay Company, Winona Education Association, and WinCraft Inc. Shelley always mentions that

“it takes a village to launch this event. I want to also thank the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools Board of Directors, area businesses and individuals for their generous donations for the silent and live auctions, event supporters and donors, and the Event Planning Committee who work tirelessly to ensure such a successful event.”

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is proud to announce that the Nosh in Nashville Event broke fundraising efforts to date raising $74,359.97. These proceeds will be shared, proportionate to building/program enrollment, with all WAPS K-12 schools and its Early Learning Program. They are welcome to use the proceeds for enrichments and enhancements in the areas of academics, arts, athletics and activities.

Proceeds raised from the evening’s Fund-a-Need auction will support an Equipment Pilot Project to assess the best new product to replace aging classroom Smart Boards.

Luke Merchlewitz, WK teacher, Foundation President and Event Chair, and Executive Director Shelley Milek both agree,

“It was a great Winhawk night! Having district staff celebrating with community and business public school supporters was so rewarding after the cancellations that Covid brought. Everyone was enjoying the decor-created Nashville Music City vibe, noshing through the buffet for some good southern food, happy to see everyone again, and coming out BIG in support of our public school students, teachers and staff.”

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left to right: Luke Merchlewitz, teacher/Foundation president/Event chair; Zander Breza, Goodview Elementary School; Arieanna Hersey, WK Elementary School; Jack Richter CEO WNB Financial; and Jennifer Baertsch, WNB Financial Marketing Manager celebrate the golden opportunities the Nosh in Nashville Event proceeds will offer WAPS students and teachers.


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left to right: Andrew Guzzo, Merchants Bank President; WAPS Superintendent Annette Freiheit; Shelley Milek, WAPS Foundation Executive Director; and Tim Gleason, WEA Teacher of the Year and Event auctioneer sharing in the success of the Nosh in Nashville Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools fundraising event.