The Black Tie Dinner celebrates the academic achievement and careers of Fenton’s community members and school faculty members. This event has sold out since its inception and in ten years has raised over $250,000. Each year, the winners of both the State Bank Community Contribution to Education Award and The Nancy and Edward Petruska Life Time Achievement in Education Award are invited as a guests of honor. The dinner includes a seven course meal, cocktails and live music. Formal attire is optional.
Details about sponsoring and attending this event will be posted when available!
The State Bank Community Contribution to Education Award
The State Bank Community Contribution to Education Award is presented annually at the Foundation's Black Tie Dinner to an individual whose efforts in the community have made a significant and lasting impact on the educational community in Fenton.
Selection and eligibility criteria:
The award is for contribution by a community member to the school system.
Nominees should show long term contributions to the educational system or have shown a single, significant contribution.
The award is also given for achievement in leadership and service to education within the community of Fenton.
Nominees may not be a current member of the school board
Nominees may not be a current employee of the Fenton Area Public Schools district.
Nominations for this award should be submitted to the Fenton Education Foundation's Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors will review the data and then determine its award recipients.
The form linked below should be considered a template for making recommendations to the board. While nominations may exceed this level of information, it should be considered a minimum level of information for consideration.
Selection Process and Time Line:
March – June: Nominations are received.
July – August: FEF Board Chairman, Secretary, School Superintendent and School Board Representative will select three nominations for review by the FEF Board.
August: FEF Board will vote on the three nominees. The nominee receiving the most positive votes will be presented with the award at the annual Fenton Area Public Schools staff recognition breakfast.
August: Winner is invited as a guest of honor to the annual Black Tie Dinner.
The Nancy and Edward Petruska Life Time Achievement in Education Award
The Petruska award was established through a gift from the Petruska family to the Fenton Education Foundation and is presented annually at the Foundation's Black Tie Dinner. The award recognizes the contribution that educators make to the community of Fenton. The Petruska's were part of a generation that developed the standards of excellence that have been the hallmark of the Fenton Public Schools. They served the school and the community with humility, generosity and leadership. Edward and Nancy Petruska devoted a combined 52 years of educational services to the Fenton Area Public Schools, for which we will always be grateful.
PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
2017 Peggy Yates
2016 Pete Hajec
2013 Trudy Iverson
2012 Chuck Pilar
2011 Karen & Bob Bruder
2008 Bob & Toadie Middleton
2006 Neil McPhee
2017 Black Tie Awards Dinner Highlights
Past Sandwich Sponsors
2013 - Tanglewood Assisted Living (Remember Me At Tanglewood)