On Saturday, April 13, the Indian River High School Alumni Association (IRHSAA) will hold its first Annual Beef & Brew to help the organization raise funds for ongoing projects.
“This is where we’re hoping to raise the funds that will enable us to do the projects around the school that we want to do — scholarships or helping out sports organizations or other organizations at the school,” explained Ruth Ann Marvel, president of the IRHSAA.
Marvel said the Beef & Brew will run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Frankford Fire Hall, with tickets costing $30 per person if purchased before April 8, or $35 thereafter.
“One of our members had done those types of functions before and knew how they worked,” explained Marvel of the fundraiser. “We were looking for something that would be one major fundraiser. Having her expertise, we figured we’d do that.”
Marvel said that the IRHSAA event will be extra-special, with all the food being home-cooked — from the roast beef to the sides to the desserts.
“This will be real home-cooked food,” she emphasized. “Tracy Wharton is a member of the Frankford fire company’s ladies auxiliary and normally prepares food there for other groups there when they rent out the hall. She, along with her family and friends, are going to be doing the cooking. It should be a really good meal,” Marvel said, noting that beer will also be served during the event.
Next Generation DJ Service will be providing entertainment for the evening, and attendees will be able to participate in a 50/50 raffle, as well as try their chances at winning items from the “Chinese” and silent auctions.
“We have local golf packages and multiple gift baskets. One big thing — the Law Offices of Raymond Tomasetti in Fenwick Island donated the writing of a will, valued at $250, all the way down to a rosebush donated from Vines Creek Nursery. We have lots of gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, and other things like that.”
Marvel said the highlight of the night will be the live auction of Indian River High School license plates numbered 1 through 10, with the help of auctioneer Robert Kaufman. For the live auction, minimum bids will start at $25, and Marvel said the plates would make a great graduation gift and could even be passed down to future generations in the years to come.
“We just thought this was such a fun and unique way to show your IR pride, while also supporting the alumni association’s efforts to support the school and its students,” said Marvel.
The plates numbered 11 through 9999 may be bid on through sealed bids, submitted by April 6.
Marvel said the IRHSAA is looking help better the entire community, and therefore is requesting that attendees also bring canned goods, which will then be donated to a local food bank.
“We wanted to do that to show the community that we want to give back to the community,” she said. “For every canned good donated, we’ll give a maximum of three tickets toward the ‘Chinese’ auction.”
With the funds raised at the Beef & Brew, Marvel said the IRHSAA hopes to be able to award scholarships to graduating IR seniors.
“We hope to give three small scholarships. That’s going to be dependent on how successful our Beef & Brew is. We want to do that and spread it out,” she explained. “Our scholarship should be a little unique, in that we are going to base the majority of that on IR pride — how that student has promoted or represented IR in a positive way and spirit. Ours won’t be so academic, but that won’t be the main thing. I think it’s a fun, interesting and different kind of scholarship to offer.”
Hall of Fame noms
Last year was the first time in more than a decade that an alumnus was inducted into the Indian River High School Hall of Fame.
“It had been more than 10 years since we had an inductee,” Marvel noted. “We thought it was one of the things we could do with little to no funds.”
And now the IRHSAA is looking for nominees to potentially be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Nominations may be made by visiting the IRHSAA Web site. They must meet certain criteria, including having graduated from IRHS at least 10 years ago.
“Anyone can do the nominating, but it does have to be an IR graduate,” said Marvel of the nominees. She said the nominees will be graded by a rubric, on how they have impacted Indian River high School in a positive capacity.
“Last year, we only received six [nominees]. We’d like to get the word out and get as many nominations as we can,” said Marvel, noting that Point Publisher Susan Lyons was the inductee last year. “There has to be many deserving people out there who are alumni that would be worthy of that. And it’s a good way to get out what we’re doing and we’re here, and a positive thing.”
Marvel said that the association currently has about 525 members and hopes to continue to have more alumni join.
“If you’re unsure if you’re registered, be sure to register again on the Web site,” she said.
She added that she hopes the IRHSAA will be able to continue to support the school and the community.
“We have more projects and things we want to do for the school. I think this has been a great year. There’s a lot of good, working alumni coming to the meetings and willing to help out, which has been tremendous.”
The Frankford Fire Hall is located at 7 Main Street in Frankford. To purchase tickets to the Beef & Brew, call (302) 732-3518. For more information on the IRHSAA or to register, visit www.irhsalumni.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.