2018 “Go Big, Go Dodgers” Raises $66,000 for Education

FDCSF News 0 April 12, 2018


Annual “Go Big, Go Dodgers” fundraiser draws more than 300 people

The Fort Dodge Community Schools (FDCS) Foundation annual fundraiser, “Go Big, Go Dodgers” raised more than $66,000 for education.

“We are thrilled with the results,” said FDCS Foundation Board President Andrea DeJong. “Amazing support from sponsors, auction item donors, bidders and event attendees helped make it a great night for education.”

The “Go Big, Go Dodgers” event was held April 6th at Fort Frenzy. DeJong said more than 300 people attended the fundraiser.

“What an amazing event for our kids, our schools and our community,” said Ed Shimkat of Shimkat Motor Co., an event night sponsor. “Through the tremendous community giving and support, as well as the efforts of the teachers and staff, we are able to do more for our students to provide the tools and resources they need to succeed. I am proud to call Fort Dodge home.”

Incoming superintendent Dr. Jesse Ulrich was introduced by (current) superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl at the event. Tailgating games, a live auction and live music by Brad and Kate were also part of the night.

DeJong said the money raised will be used for professional development, technology and other educational items. In 2017, the FDCS Foundation granted $45,000 to enhance education. The deadline for spring grant applications is April 15th.

The 2019 “Go Big, Go Dodgers” fundraiser will be held Friday, April 5th at Fort Frenzy.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Platinum $2,000+
Active Health Chiropractic
Fort Dodge Ford Toyota
Fort Dodge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Jensen Builders
Shimkat Motor Company

Gold $1,000-$1,999
Availa Bank
Bemrich Electric
Central Iowa Distributing
Community Health Center of Fort Dodge
Great Western Bank
Dr. Matt & Laura Maggio
Dr. Jim & Ann Meyer
Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters
Northwest Bank
Shelly Orthodontic PC

Silver $600-$999
John Nielsen/Nielsen Financial Management
Calvert & Johnson Insurance Services Inc.
Central Financial Group
Daniel Pharmacy
Scott A. McQueen/Northwestern Mutual

Bronze $300-$599
CBIZ Benefits & Insurance, Inc.
Baker Electric
Dr. Daniel and Sheila Cole
Dr. Ken and Adrienne Adams
Mid-Iowa Dermatology
Edward Jones Ryan & Bill Kent
First American Bank
Jeff Haupts/State Farm Insurance
John and Barb Birkett
Kemna Auto of Fort Dodge
Kingsgate Insurance
Kraig Barber/First State Bank Town and Country Insurance
Kolacia Construction
Mid-Iowa Dermatology
Mitch Lunn- State Farm Insurance
McGough Construction
Molly Nelson/Kole Petersen
Nestle Purina
Pederson Sanitation
Prairie Lakes Church
Spin Markket
System Works LLC
Woodruff Construction

Auction items and giveaways donated by:
Air Choice One
Andy Kavanaugh
Becker 's Florist
Central Perk and Dessert
Chef Michael Hirst
Dr. Jon and Andrea DeJong
Crimmins Welding and Fabrication
Hotel Pattee in Perry
Joe and Jessica Vonsak
Lindsey and Patrick McKinney
Mike Pearson
Iowa Central Community College
Kings Pointe Resort
Fort Dodge Ashpalt
Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
Fort Dodge Parks and Rec. Dept.
Fort Dodge Police Dept.
Fort Dodge Fire Dept.
Fort Frenzy
Lawn Doctor/ Todd and Holly Narber
Posh Salon
Rush Hour Clothing Co.
Snack Shack
Webster County Conservation
Wild Rose Casino
Willow Ridge Golf Course

Special thanks to: Fort Frenzy
Event Photographers Kyle and Jana Bartlett
Auctioneer Keith Dencklau.
Live music made possible by:
Access Audio and Wiseman Construction.

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