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Mascenic

Dessert theater fundraiser set

Educational foundation building an endowment

NEW IPSWICH — Every once in awhile there comes a great opportunity for the school district and its students that just isn’t in the budget that year. That’s where the Mascenic Educational Endowment Foundation is meant to step in.

The Mascenic Educational Endowment Foundation is a new endeavor started by volunteers in September 2012. The foundation is seeking to raise money through its own private fundraising efforts and donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to place in an endowment fund. The interest from that fund will then be used to fund educational opportunities that aren’t typically funded by the school district. The hope is to be able to raise an endowment fund of at least $25,000 within five years, and then double that amount every five years thereafter.

BrickRoad Productions, a professional touring dinner theater company based in Massachusetts, will be putting on the first fundraiser for the foundation. The group will put on an aptly themed dessert-theater show called “Class Reunion.” Four high school stereotypes get back together to reminisce about the good old days, when their reunion is interrupted by a murder, and the classmates have to turn detective to figure out the crime. Mascenic Regional High School Principal Tom Kelly will make a guest appearance during the show.

An endowment works by maintaining a large amount in a high-interest account. The interest is what’s used to support the programs. The focus of the foundation is to support grants to teachers for special classroom projects, as well as support gifted and talented program needs and performing and fine arts programs. Currently, though, the mission of the foundation is to build up its fund. The fund only has about $1,500 to start with, raised through private donations received when the fund was established, according to foundation board member and Secretary Chad Gibson of New Ipswich.

The efforts of the foundation’s volunteer members has just begun, according to Gibson. It starts with their first fundraiser, the desert theater show on Nov. 2. The group hopes to make this first event an annual one, said Gibson, in addition to other fundraisers throughout the year. The group can’t begin funding projects until funds are in place, he said.

“Our goal is to build it up to the point we have funds to distribute, and that’s what we’re working on right now,” he said.

Also, a main goal of the group’s first fundraiser is to get the foundation’s name out into the community, he added. “The main objective is to raise money, but it’s also just as much getting the word out there about who we are and what we do,” he said. “There are a lot of people that haven’t heard of us.”

The Nov. 2 fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m. at Mascenic Regional High School. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at all three Mascenic schools, Nennie’s Five Star Cafe or the Antiques & Collectibles Mall of New England, from board members or at the door. Visit www.meefNH.org for more information and other ticket sale locations, or to volunteer to assist at the event or get involved. Donations can also be mailed to Mascenic Educational Endowment Foundation, 16 School St., Greenville.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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