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Catherine Casey, of Fort Dodge, carefully pulls out one of the sticks while playing a game of Kerplunk with her husband, Merv, at the annual Go Big, Go Dodgers fundraiser held at Fort Frenzy in 2018 .

Saturday night at Fort Frenzy will be full of games, great food, music and fun, all benefiting the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation.

Go Big, Go Dodgers returns from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fort Frenzy. Foundation Director Nik Moser said: “The money raised at the event is intended for teachers’ grants for items that are not in the general district budget. “

Fort Dodge Community School District director of communications and community relations, Jennifer Lane, said last year that the foundation had invested $ 130,000 in schools for things like programmable robots, math and math initiatives. literacy and industrial technology equipment. The foundation’s website also says it has helped fund the Leader In Me program, video and audio equipment, and hydroponic gardens.

Moser said that over the past school year, the foundation was able to approve requests for grants of $ 127,000 from teachers and that these grants have benefited students in every building in the district. “We wouldn’t be able to accomplish such a feat without supporters”, Moser said.

This event was very successful last year, but Moser said they hope to collect even more this year.

“Last year the event raised $ 83,000, the goal for this year is $ 150,000”, Moser said

The event is open to the public and Moser said there will be games, a live and silent auction, heavy appetizers and live music. Local band Lone Tree Revival will perform live during the event. Spectators at the event are encouraged to wear Dodger clothing.

Some of the live auction items include car detailing packages, a metal Dodger bench, a seat on the Brushy Creek Honor Flight, a Dodger football experience, a $ 1,000 purse to the Iowa Central Community College, a chance to get to school in a police car or fire engine, and much more.

Tickets cost $ 40, but district employees will get a reduced price. Tickets can be purchased through the Venmo app at @ FDCS-Foundation or on the foundation’s website: fdcsfoundation.org.

The foundation also offers the opportunity to be a sponsor at several different levels for the event and more information can be found on their website. The minimum tax donation to become a sponsor is $ 350 at the Bronze level. There are four levels of increasing donation amounts and each level includes multiple tickets to the event.

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