Great Gatherings Coming Up!

7457820Great Gatherings are social events hosted by Orono Supporters that raise money for Orono Schools. The next Great Gathering occurring that has tickets still available is the James Bond Casino Royale Experience. At this event, you can join other Orono Supporters for an evening of casino games, signature martinis and delicious appetizers while wearing your finest James Bond attire. Sip on cocktails, wine and beer while trying your luck at poker, craps, roulette and black jack.  Come to be shaken, not stirred. Purchase tickets for this and other great gathering events HERE.

• $75/person
• Saturday, July 30th, 7:00pm at the Haugen’s Home
• Co-hosts: Cindy and Gregg Haugen, Elizabeth and Scott Monico, Kerry and Paul Mahoney


The Foundation Hires an Executive Director

The Orono Foundation for Education is excited to announce the hiring of Kari Groth Swan as its Executive Director.

Swan comes with a combination of recent fundraising success at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  She also brings 20-plus years of financial and wealth management experience, working at Piper Jaffray and J.P. Morgan.

Joellen Gonder-Spacek, Board Chair of the Foundation states that, “We believe now is the right time to bring on someone with Kari’s expertise.  After 15 years of raising funds primarily through the Foundation’s Annual Fund, we are ready to seek out new avenues including Endowment, Planned Giving, and other targeted stewardship opportunities.” Gonder-Spacek continues, “After reviewing best practices at other school foundations in the metro area, it was clear that most of them have full-time Executive Directors.”

For the full press release click HERE.