The Education Foundation was the monthly sponsor at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s Get Moving Middleton morning meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Former executive director and current board member Perry Hibner gave a 5-minute presentation. Also in attendance were current board members Tom Kobinsky, George Mavroulis and Steph Mueller, along with former board member Brenda Delabarre.

More than 170 members were in attendance at the 75-minute meeting. Each attendee received a Foundation folder with information about the 70-plus grants the Foundation has awarded since 2013, an updated Bricks to Build a Strong Foundation campaign and information on how to give to the 2017 appeal.

Hibner noted the Foundation raised more than $80,000 in donations in 2014-15 and has raised more than $90,000 in each of the past two years. He said the Foundation has two endowment funds worth more than $260,000 with Madison Community Foundation and has more than $325,000 in assets overall.

He briefly reviewed the grants the Foundation awarded District schools in 2017. He noted every MCPASD student benefited from a $1,000 gift the Foundation made to every school to purchase supplies for Makerspace areas. The $21,000 the Foundation awarded in the spring of 2017 was the most since it began handing out grants in 2013.

Hibner said the Foundation was also thrilled to sponsor Respect Week at MHS in early 2017 and noted every student at the high school participated in some aspect of the event.

He also talked about some of the partnerships the Foundation has established with area businesses, including State Bank of Cross Plains, J.H. Findorff & Son and The UPS Store.

Finally, he provided a brief update on the Foundation’s annual appeal, noting it took less than two weeks to raise $5,000 and receive a match from Intuit for the second straight year.

“We have a very supportive community and we are extremely grateful for the support the past few years,” he said. “The Foundation will continue to provide more inspiring experiences for District students and staff.”