4th Annual Winter Fundraiser
Community Pays it Forward at Winter Fundraiser
The local community didn’t let the falling snow and sub-zero temperatures interfere with their spirit of giving at the annual Kari’s Access Awards Winter Fundraiser, held on January 21. The event, hosted at the Holiday Inn Ballroom, featured live music by the jazz band Affirmation, a silent auction, raffles and an enjoyable evening of wine & beer tasting, all benefitting the local non-profit Kari’s Access Awards (KAA).
The benefit, which raised over $19,000 for local students, will be used for non-traditional scholarships distributed through KAA. The proceeds were a slight increase from last year, where the wine & beer tasting brought in around $16,000.
“I want to thank everyone who was able to participate or attend, in person or in your continued support. Saturday night was a huge success!”
-Father of Kari and Founder, Larry Fusselman
There were an estimated 95-100 varieties of wine that were available for tasting, as well as several types of beer from local and regional distributors and breweries. Sweetwater County Commissioner Randal “Doc” Wendling was the emcee throughout the evening, and coincidentally his name was drawn in the 50/50 raffle by the fundraising committee. Graciously, Doc donated all of the money right back to KAA. That was the “pay it forward” attitude this evening as many local businesses, individuals and families joined together in supporting this organization that has, in return, helped many local students in need.
WHAT IS KARI’S ACCESS AWARDS
Kari’s Access Awards is an endowment fund started in 2006 by Larry Fusselman, in memory of his daughter Kari (Kay) Fusselman who was a student at Westridge Elementary, White Mountain Junior High, and Rock Springs High School.
The fund gives School District #1 students access to non-traditional scholarships. These scholarships allow students to participate in outside programs, enhancing learning and personal growth beyond their daily school activities. Students apply directly or are recommended through friends, teachers and family.
KAA has a committee who reviews and recommends the scholarships based on a set criteria. They are as follows: Koral Hueller, Jill Jelenek, Kori Rossetti, Kayci Arnoldi, Carrie Ellison, Gary Collins, Jessica Maser, Mitch Maser and Andrea Tate.
Kari’s Access Awards opens new opportunities to students; bringing out the best in each student one child at a time.
Kari's Access Awards Helps Four (4) Students with Expenses
Kari’s Access Awards Benefits from T-shirt Partnership
Kari’s Access Awards, a local non-profit that assists students with opportunities for personal development through non-traditional scholarships, was the beneficiary of the proceeds from a WY Cowboys t-shirt sale. The shirt was made in collaboration with WyoRadio, a local network of radio stations, and Western Wyoming Beverages. They have been sold at Marty’s Gastro Pub on Elk Street.
“Thank you to these local businesses for contributing to Kari’s Access Awards which will provide additional non-traditional scholarships to our local students.” - Larry Fusselman, Founder
ABOUT KARI’S ACCESS AWARDS
Kari’s Access Awards is an endowment fund started in 2006 in memory of Kari (Kay) Fusselman who was a student at Westridge Elementary, White Mountain Junior High, and Rock Springs High School. The fund gives School District #1 students access to non-traditional scholarships. These scholarships allow students to participate in outside programs enhancing learning and personal growth beyond their daily school activities.
Founder, Larry Fusselman says, "Kari's Access Awards opens new opportunities to students; bringing out the best in each student one child at a time."
For more information about Kari's Access Awards, please contact the Sweetwater One Public School Foundation at 307-362-2554.
Quiznos with Santa at Westridge School
"Quiznos with Santa" was offered on the silent auction at Kari's Access Awards Barbeque in August at Marty's!
Thanks to Westridge Elementary teachers, Caroline Pierpoint (1st grade) & Amber Johnson (4th grade), their students were "the winners" as Santa visited their classrooms on Dec. 8!
As the students waited their turn, Amelia King had a chance to visit with Santa!
"Jaws were dropping school wide as Santa walked through the halls of
Westridge Elementary generously carrying Quiznos lunch for students. Some
fourth and first grades had a jolly good time eating with Old Saint Nick
and expressing their Christmas wishes. What a wonderful opportunity that
we are so grateful for!"
Koral J. Hueller
Counselor of Westridge Elementary
Don't miss Kari's Access Awards 4th Annual Winter Fundraiser at the Holiday Inn, January 21, 2017!
If you would like more information about Kari's Access Awards, please contact a committee member or Kandi Hess at 307-352-3400.
8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Knights of Columbus
Where We Help
Awards, Grants, Endowments
Kari's Access Awards
Back to School Shopping
Grants and Awards
S.E.E. Grants Program
Supporting Education and Enrichment
Blue Jean Fund
Stepping Stones Scholarships
Solvay Chemicals Inc.
Wyoming Trucks and Cars
A Big Thank You. . .
to all the employees of Sweetwater County School District #1 who donated to the Sweetwater One Employee Giving Campaign for the Southwest United Way and to the local community for supporting the Sweetwater One Foundation programs. Your support allows us to do the great things we do!