BSFEE has reverse raffle to help fund projects

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence had their third annual reverse raffle dinner on March 9 at Holiday Inn to raise money for teacher mini-grants to fund teacher projects. Pictured are board members from the fund, from left, Donny Riccitelli, Superintendent Tim Saxton, Meg Harris, Brad Calhoun, Edie Davidson, Joyce Mistovich, John Fryda and Vickie Davis.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The BSFEE's reverse raffle dinner featured a dinner, reverse raffle, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. The basket raffle had 100 prize baskets for attendees to bet on.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Last year's reverse raffle dinner helped fund eight projects by teachers during the 2017 school year. The projects totaled to $8,465. Pictured are, from left, Anthony Donofrio, Jack Nichols, Diane Laskovics, Kim Blasco, Jerry Blasco, Vince Carivale, Mary Hughes, Tricia Lenhart and Scott Lenhart enjoying their dinners.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence had their third annual reverse raffle dinner on March 9 at Holiday Inn in Boardman for community members looking to help the schools.

The money raised during the event goes toward the mini-grants that the organization gives to the teachers. Within the last eight years, the Fund has collected more than $50,000 for the Boardman schools.

“We want to showcase what the Fund does for the schools and the community at large,“ said Joyce Mistovich, President of Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence. She said the real winners are the students, as the fund works to expand opportunities for the schools.

The night featured a dinner, basket raffle, a silent auction, a raffle for a number of gift cards, a 50/50 raffle and a reverse raffle. The basket raffle had 100 prizes that the attendees could win.

The reverse raffle’s top prize winner, the last ticket drawn from the raffle, won $2,000. The biggest loser, the first ticket drawn, won $50. The board members of the fund set up a number of prize winners in between the start and end of the raffle.

Last year’s reverse raffle dinner funded the mini-grants for the 2017 school year. They allocated $8,465 to eight projects, including an augmented reality sandbox for the science classes, exercise equipment for a health club started by the physical education teachers at the junior high school and a virtual reality set.

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