By Sydney DeLosh
Mason Times staff writer
The Mason Public Schools Foundation is preparing for its first Mason Madness Extravaganza, a casual, adult-only social event benefiting the Mason City School District, to be held March 24.
The Mason Madness Extravaganza, which is expected to host 200 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds, will have both live and silent auctions along with DJ Matt Corrette. Items that will be auctioned include an iPad, an Apple TV, lawn services, massage services, and artwork from local artists.There will also be a cash bar and food catered by the Vault Deli.
Tickets to the event are $30 each and can be purchased online at the foundation’s website.
Although the event is sports themed after NCAA’s March Madness tournament, Beth Gorishek, the foundation’s president, said the real theme of the evening is Mason.
All vendors supporting the event are local Mason businesses including Sheridan Realty and Auction Company, Showtime Rentals, and the Vault Deli.
Jamie Robinson, manager of the Vault Deli, said that one reason the business supports the foundation is because of the Robinson family’s long history of attending Mason public schools and the community’s vast population of alumnae.
All proceeds from the event will assist Mason’s public schools, specifically the Mason Technology Infusion Program, which began in 2010. The Mason Public Schools Foundation has committed to donating $30,000 to the program each year for five years to purchase new technology for students and teachers, such as interactive white boards and iPads, said Gorishek.
Although the foundation is only approaching its third year of donating, Bruce Barbour, Mason’s executive director of curriculum, said that the program is incredibly grateful for the donations.
“It has been very effective,” he said. “We could not have gotten to the point that the school district is at today without the money for this technology.”
The Mason Public School Foundation plans to host the Mason Madness Extravaganza biannually as a counterpart to its Red Carpet Gala, a formal auction event that was held last March and will be held again in spring 2013.