Polk County Schools, in partnership with the Polk Schools Fund through the Polk County Community Foundation, will host Polk Cares 4 Kids (PC4K), a fundraising celebration, on February 1 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

The event is an effort to raise proceeds to help offset the significant costs associated with extracurricular experiences, arts programming and athletics participation provided to students throughout the district at no charge to them or their families. Many school systems have reduced or eliminated funding for these types of programs and now charge fees for participation. Polk County Schools believes these activities should be available to all students without costs or barriers as these experiences deliver important knowledge and skills that positively impact the growth and development of our students.

All funds raised through the event will go into a general fund that will be used to support experiences such as Science Olympiad, Lego Robotics teams and other academic competitive teams as well as help with athletic expenses such as postseason trips.

The event is not only a fundraiser, but a celebration of the amazing arts and extracurricular programming opportunities Polk County Schools affords its students. Held at the Legends Club at TIEC, the evening promises to be enjoyable with great food, live musical entertainment and a chance to participate in silent and live auctions. Guests will be able to bid on gift packages, event tickets and larger items such as a used car from Stott’s Ford.

There are numerous ways to participate in PC4K. Interested businesses or organizations can sponsor a table at the event or donate items to be auctioned. Individuals and couples can buy tickets for the event that include access to the opening reception, dinner and drinks, silent and live auctions and live music. Donations to the general fund or specific programs are also welcome before, during or after the event.

Whether sponsoring a table or buying a ticket to attend, simply include a check or payment made out to “Polk County Schools – PC4K” and give that to the seller, or bring it to Aaron Greene or Jim Hemphill at Stearns Education Center in Columbus. Those who wish to make a donation but not attend the event can make a check out to the “Polk Schools Fund” at the Polk County Community Foundation with “PC4K” in the memo line. Anyone making a donation or buying a ticket will receive a letter verifying your sponsorship.

Businesses or organizations wishing to sponsor a table or provide donations for auctions should contact Jim Hemphill at 828-817-2955 or Aaron Greene at 828-817-0805. Individual and couples tickets are available for purchase at Stearns Education Center, Polk County High School and Polk County Middle School.

Event: Polk Cares 4 Kids (PC4K)
Location: Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) – Legends Club
Date: February 1, 2020
Time: Welcome Reception 5 p.m.; Dinner – 6 p.m.; Auction – 7 p.m.; Entertainment – 7:30 to 10 p.m.

PC4K Sponsorship / Participation Opportunities
PC4K Table Sponsor – $1000
8 Tickets for Event
Business / Organization – listed as PC4K sponsor on event advertising, site banners, press release

Tickets
Single / Couple Ticket – $100 per person / $150 couple
Individual donations to general funds or specific programs
Participation in auctions / drawings

The Polk County Schools Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation receives community donations in support of Polk County Schools.  These funds are available for the pressing needs of Polk County Schools in the discretion of the superintendent. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation of IRA distributions, stock, life insurance proceeds or cash to this fund, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation.

Please consider naming the  Polk County Schools Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation (Polk County, N.C.) in your will or trust if you would like to make a significant impact on the lives and education of our students. If there is a particular area of interest to you, the Superintendent of Schools and the Polk County Community Foundation will gladly work together with you to help you use your charitable dollars to accomplish your current or future educational goals for our students.

With a gift of $5,000 or more, you may create a fund at the Polk County Community Foundation named after you that benefits a particular aspect of Polk County Schools such as afterschool activities. Contact information for the Polk County Community Foundation (Polk County, NC): Elizabeth Nager, President & CEO