Fundraising Efforts

CAEEF 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 and inveChild reading on stairsst and then use interest generated for college scholarships for seniors and grants for projects and programs in pre-K-12th grade classrooms.

As of spring 2021, we have awarded $59,300 in scholarships and $13,200 in grants.
As of September 2021 -- through the generosity of alumni, former students and friends -- CAEEF hit our initial fundraising goal of $1 million! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

As of December 2022, the foundation had $1,221,556, so we have a start toward our second million dollars. 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 benefits students -- from pre-K children to high school seniors -- through our grants program.

  • Your contribution helps GHS graduates with their college expenses through our scholarships program.

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

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

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

  • Your single or 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.