On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Banquet benefits students, teachers

The Bellefonte Education Foundation is getting ready for its annual Scholarship Benefit Dinner, which supports teachers and provides students with funding for their college education.

Board of directors member Stacey Nath said it’s the biggest fundraiser for the program that provides grant opportunities for faculty in addition to student scholarships.

She said the banquet, set this year for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hoag’s Celebration Hall, usually draws about 100 people and collects funds through an entrance fee, silent auction and donations. The price for a ticket is $40.

Nath encouraged anyone to come who wants to have a nice evening, while contributing toward the education of students in the Bellefonte Area School District.

“It helps our students first,” she said. “As a community member wanting to give back to the future generations, this is a great way not only to be able to attend a fun event, this is a great way to give back to the students of our community.”

The funding provides the teachers an opportunity to leverage it for grant money and projects like a school nurse compiling packets for teachers for tips on what to do in case of emergency.

She said there will be posters at the event that show exactly how the money is being used and for which programs.

In addition, the night is a chance to recognize teachers of the year, volunteers of the year and a hall of fame inductee, who is an alumnus of the district who has gone on to do great things.

This year, the teachers of the year are Michelle Krape from Pleasant Gap Elementary, Mary Miltenberger from Bellefonte Area Middle School and Edward Fitzgerald from Bellefonte Area High School. The volunteer of the year is Kitty Walker from Marion-Walker Elementary, and the hall of fame inductee is Jan Auman from the Class of 1973.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can contact Pam Vaiana at or Misty Rider at