2012-04-19 / Local News

Arts and Inspiration Auction set for May 19 at Fountain Point

The Leland Education Foundation will hold its annual Arts and Inspiration Auction on Saturday, May 19.

The LEF’s premier fundraising effort will be held at Fountain Point Resort in Lake Leelanau, starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door.

“This represents the heart of our community,” said Angie Butz, event co-chair and LEF board member.

LEF grants and scholarships provide students with education opportunities from classroom technology to curriculum-based field trips.

LEF’s level of support in 2011 also helped launch Leland’s Farmto School lunch program. Made possible through the efforts of many — and matching dollars from LEF — Leland students are now provided two lunches each week with food bought from local farmers and businesses, and prepared from scratch. With additional help this year from the LEF, the local lunch program will continue through the 2012- 2013 school year.

The auction will feature regional cuisine and wine provided by Leelanau growers and merchants. Music lovers will also enjoy the sounds of local three-piece band, the Windy Ridge Boys, playing an eclectic mix of folk, jazz and bluegrass. A cash bar, offering beer, wine and liquor, will be provided.

Several popular auction items will return, joined by new merchandise and experiences, including a week on southwest Florida’s Sanibel Island; wine tastings and vineyard tours; cocktail cruises and tastes of the area’s finest, freshest foods. Some of the region’s top artists and designers also have donated handcrafted works of art and jewelry.

Tickets will be available May 1 at the Leland school office, Studio 22, Leelanau Books and through the LEF Web site, www.lelandeducationalfoundation.com. Visit the Web site for additional event information, auction items and sponsors.

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