Scoop: Five Things: Monte Carlo Night for GEF

Dinner, dancing and casino games are going to help Greenwood teachers earn grants.

The Greenwood Education Foundation is having a Monte Carlo night from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Compass Park facility at the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 State St., Franklin.

Donna Jones, president of the Greenwood Education Foundation, shares what you need to know about the event.

1. How much are tickets?

The event is $50 per person.

2. Where does the money go?

All proceeds will go toward providing grants to Greenwood Schools teachers in the areas of STEM, technology, the arts, athletics, essential skills, etc. Since we became a foundation in November of 2014, we have awarded more than $30,000 in grants to Greenwood teachers benefiting students in the four elementary schools, the middle school and the high school. We’re very proud of that and very passionate about our cause — all Greenwood students and teachers.

3. How did you get the idea?

We wanted to have an annual winter/spring fundraiser and we wanted to find something that we thought would appeal to the Greenwood community. We know of other organizations that have had a lot of fun with Monte Carlo nights and have found them to be very successful. We did our homework and decided to give it a try. If it’s as successful as we think it will be, we will more than likely bring it back next year, even bigger and better.

4. What specific activities are planned?

This will be a very fun evening. A buffet dinner will be provided by Grafton Peek Catering along with a cash bar. We’ll have lots of casino games, a silent auction and raffle and dancing. We’ve got some great items that we’re raffling off and including in our silent auction. I can’t wait to place some bids myself.

5. Who can come to the event and how do we get tickets?

Anyone can come, but our space is limited to the first 250 people who buy tickets and they have been selling fast. Anyone interested may contact Jennifer Duffey at or call 317-409-2546.