Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Celebrity servers, restaurant team to help raise money for foundation

August 31, 2006

Local celebrities are teaming with Ashlee's owner Carolyn Hackman to help the Lansing Educational Foundation Fund.

Celebrity waiters and waitresses will serve dinner and drinks at Ashlee's during two sessions on Sept. 16.

Hackman will donate the use of her restaurant, all of the food and her kitchen staff's assistance for the fundraiser.

Celebrity servers include Police Chief Steve Wayman, Miss Kansas USA Ashley Aull, Lansing Intermediate School principal Jan Jorgensen and former Miss Kansas USA Norma Hoagland, among others.

Hackman said she approached Mary Alice Schroeger, fund director, with the idea because she wanted to help the fund but couldn't commit to attending regular advisory board meetings.

She said the event would offer the community "a tasty meal" and an opportunity to develop camaraderie among neighbors while helping a good cause.

"We all have the same goal in mind - to educate our children to the fullest," Hackman said.

Schroeger said the money raised would help fund "a major gift to the district" the fund is working on, grants within the school district and playground equipment at the new elementary school.

A social hour will be held on the pool deck at Ashlee's 30 minutes before each seating.

A cash bar with beer and wine will be available.

Seating times, which accommodate 60 people per session, are scheduled for 5 and 7:15 p.m.

Tickets to the event are available for $25 and include two glasses of wine, a St. Louis salad, a dessert, and vegetables with a choice of salmon filet or pork tenderloin.

Tickets are available through advisory board members and at the USD 469 Board Office.

Volunteers who would like to help with the event can call Schroeger at 727-1100 or e-mail her at schroegerm @usd469.net.

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