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Entertainment lining up to perform for 549 Foundation Gala March 28

Entertainment for the March 28 gala will include Jenna Strege, Sam Stoll and Paige Meyer. Sam and Paige will be singing a number of songs while Jenna will be accompanying them on piano. The entire swing choir will also be performing.

March 28 will be the 5th annual "Honey Bee Gala," which is a fundraiser for the 549 Family Foundation.

Entertainment will be featured, including the Perham High School Swing Choir.

"An Investment in Youth" is the motto for the foundation.

Some of the auction items include: A weekend stay at an area lake resort; several arbors and yard decorations created by Carl Aakre's shop class; a number of handmade quilts; and several home, garden and outdoor décor items. There will also be a chance to win $500 cash or a diamond pendant from Gould's Jewelry valued at over $1,200.

Snow Week Queen Leah Miller is a hostess for the gala; Snow Week King Luke Hofland is a host; Student Council President Lucas Wuebben is Master of Ceremonies and 549 Family Student Ambassador Nikki Werner will be heading up student manpower.

The 549 Foundation has served as a funding source for those "extra" academic projects and programs. In the present school finance climate, the Foundation's role is evolving toward preservation of existing programs as much as providing funds for extra opportunities.

To date for 2008-2009, the Foundation has granted more than $12,000 for projects ranging from trips to Itasca and the Moorhead planetarium--to visits by artists.

The Foundation is also the financial clearinghouse for the "More Than Nothing" campaign, which is raising funds to try to shore up some programs that would be cut because of the failure of the levy referendum last fall.

The gala will include a silent auction, entertainment, a social at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and a program at 7 p.m.

For ticket information and reservations to the gala, call 347-0549.

The Foundation has been in existence for eight years. This is the fifth year of the annual gala.