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  • 2014 Board and Annual Meeting

    2014Board-small fileThe 2014 Board is led by Peggy Armstrong, President.  Contact any of these Board Members any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about OPEF.

    Back row: Ryan Myhre, Julie Well, Deanna Marincic, Peggy Armstrong (President), Mike Judkins, Kate Winckler, Patty Napgezek, Brady Dorn, Tamara Hauck (Executive Director). Front row: Wendy Quaden, DeeDee Moran Follow, M. Dee Warzyn, Katie Mikulak, Jennifer Holland, Brenda Pillard (Treasurer). Not Pictured: Mac Dorn, Jason Dvorak, Kevin Pagenkopf, David Pipp, and Roger Rindo (Superintendent of Schools).


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  • OPEF Grants At Work

    OPEF SharesFrom our community...to our schools...for our future

    OPEF has awarded 41 grants for exciting classroom projects that bring innovation to our students, keeping them "ahead of the curve" in learning. This poster gives a glimpse of some projects but you can read more if you click below, and follow OPEF on Facebook or Vimeo.  Pictorial descriptions of Grants At Work are on this website in OPEF Happenings and News.   Learn More

  • Annual Giving Appeal Led by Debbinks and Halletts

    Debbink and HallettSigning letter to friends of education in the community

    (left to right: Drs. John and Heidi Hallett, Dirk and Terry Debbink)

    Annual Appeal Letter

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  • Terror @ 212 Results - 2013

    IndDayParadeThank you to hundreds of volunteers who built walls and sets, painted, created special effects galore, and worked each of 10 nights to put on a scare that thrilled everyone - young and old.  The new site proved to be bigger and scarier than most anyone had imagined.  Nearly 5,000 people attended during October and over $15,000 was raised to support classroom initiatives.  Terror @ 212 will open in October, 2014 with outrageous and terrifying new headlines!  Visit http://www.terrorat212.com/ for more information next summer.

  • The Phantom's Masquerade - 2013

    Chairs and two committee copy copyOPEF's 2013 Annual Ball - The Phantom's Masquerade - was a huge success. Nearly 300 elegantly masked guests attended and lifted their paddles for learning, bid on great silent and live auction items, engaged in fundraising raffles and enjoyed phan-tastic food, music and dancing! Over $40,000 was raised to support education grants in the Oconomowoc public schools. Many thanks to PowerTest for matching $5,000 of paddle donations and to our other major sponsors, including First Bank Financial Centre, Oconomowoc Realty, and Betrothed Boutique. Thanks also to Co-Chairs DeeDee Follo and Kristy Zingsheim and their entire committee. The 2014 Ball will be October 18, 2014 - news of some exciting details for next year will be announced in January. Anyone interested in joining the planning committee or sponsoring the 2014 ball should contact OPEF. Thank you to all who attended and supported OPEF's Ball!

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  • 2013 - 2014 Grant Recipients

    2013GrantRecipientsOconomowoc Public Education Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Grants to Support Innovative Educational Opportunities

    Pictured above are 2013 the OPEF grant Recipients: Front Row – Brenda Baker (NHI), Peihua Reinke (SLI), Hollis Myhre (OHS), Allysa Voigt (Summit), Sarah Oudenhoven (Park Lawn), Jennifer Jones (Park Lawn). Back Row – Patrick Middleton (SLI), Karen Small (NHI), Paula Keene/John Dorn/Leah Robertson (OHS – Art Dept), Katie Westerman (OASD/OPEN).  Not pictured:  Dave Wagner (SLI)

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Oconomowoc's vibrant and nurturing schools have launched countless graduates to futures of achievement.  The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) was created to offer education-minded citizens a way to support the Oconomowoc area public schools with private, tax-deductible contributions.  Through various collaborative projects, OPEF seeks to encourage leadership, foster excellence, and nurture community in the Oconomowoc public schools.  We welcome your interest and support, your time and talent.

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