Chillicothe McDonald's hosts two-night foundation benefit

Karen Moewe for IVC District 321
The Forney family, from left, Lisa, Samantha, Zoe and Clint attended the McDonalds IVCEF Benefit Sept. 26. Samantha Forney is in the second grade at Mossville School.

The generosity of area residents and the Chillicothe McDonalds will help all students in the Illinois Valley Central School District.

McDonalds hosted two nights of benefits for the IVC Educational Foundation Sept. 26 and 27.

The Chillicothe McDonalds gives the IVCEF 20 percent of the evening's receipts as well as 5 cents for each dessert sold during the benefits. The funds, coupled with the community exposure, are a real plus for the organization according to Foundation chairman Leann Stickel.

Mossville School students and their families flocked to the restaurant on Sept. 26. All Mossville students attending the IVCEF McDonalds benefit were eligible to sign up for a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Mossville kindergartener Caitlyn Gillette was the winner.

Chillicothe Elementary Center and South School students and their families attended the benefit Sept. 27. Another Kindle Fire was drawn with Hannah Berta, a third-grade student from South School, the winner.

Stickel said the Foundation appreciates both the Chillicothe McDonalds and the local community for supporting their efforts. She said the Foundation also appreciates the assistance of the school district teachers who attended the event.

"I would like to offer a special thank you to our district teachers who volunteered at this event. We know our students love seeing their teachers at the local McDonalds."

"We really appreciate McDonalds partnering with the IVC Educational Foundation to raise money for our school district. Their generosity will directly impact the students who frequent the Chillicothe restaurant."

The IVCEF works to benefit students in the Illinois Valley Central School District through teacher mini-grants, scholarships for language arts students and extras in the classrooms, such as lab equipment, remote response units for SMART Boards.

The IVCEF has given more than $165,000 to IVC District schools. Additionally, the Foundation has funded more than $85,000 in grants to IVC District teachers to finance special classroom projects. All donations to the IVCEF are tax deductible.

For information about donating to the Foundation, contact Patrick Hatfield, foundation treasurer, at 274-5418.