Fundraising Efforts

Child reading on stairsCAEEF was created in 2015 to benefit the students, staff and schools of the Crawford AuSable School District. The board of directors set an initial goal of $1 million to raise, invest and then use generated interest for college scholarships for seniors and grants for projects in pre-K-12th grade classrooms.

As of spring 2021, we have awarded $59,300 in scholarships and $13,200 in grants.
As of the end of June 2021 -- through the generosity of alumni, former students, and friends -- CAEEF has received more than $982,000 in donations.

But we still haven't hit our goal of $1 million in donations. You can help by making a gift of any size.

Students doing a chemistry experimentThere are several reasons to consider a gift to CAEEF:

  • Your contribution will benefit students -- from pre-K children to high school seniors -- in our community.

  • Your contribution will help keep the CASD motto, "Growing to Greatness," alive for our students and graduates.

  • Your contribution will help keep our state and national award-winning school district strong.

  • Your contribution will be tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

  • Your annual contribution of any amount helps and is greatly appreciated.

CAEEF Fundraising Steering Committee

Jim Kesseler, Co-Chair
Roger Kesseler, Co-Chair
Donna Boughner, Co-Chair
John Alef
J. David Blaha, M.D.
George Blaha
John Cherven, C.P.A.
William Dean, O.D.
Dianne Blaine Doremire
Kelly Elmy
Shelly McClain Elmy
Sharron Blaine Hagerman
Yolanda Rosi Helfrich, M.D.
Phyllis Ziebell Kesseler
Linda Knibbs, Ph.D.
Kay Warner Leslie
Jim Madill
Tony Maurer
Charles McNamara, Ph.D.
Mike McNamara
JC Millikin
Linda Smock Mires
Ralph Oppermann, D.D.S.
Edwin Skinner
Jordan Stancil
Jim Tobin
Jean Holtcamp Weaver
Bill Weaver
Dave Wyman

The top photo is of a pre-school child who received books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. The bottom photo is of GHS students performing a chemistry experiment. Both programs received grant funds from CAEEF.