Members of the Grove Education Foundation For Excellence met recently to finalize plans for their annual fundraiser, the GEFFE Gala that will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on April 23, 2016, at the Grove Civic Center, 1720 S. Main St. The Gala is the primary fundraising event for GEFFE, providing funding through grants submitted by teachers, principals and counselors. Since its inception in 1997, GEFFE has awarded more than $1 million to the school district. To purchase a corporate table for $750 phone Nate Pitts at (479) 925-0695. Individual tickets are $75 and will be sold at local banks at least three weeks before the gala. Pictured above are GEFFE board members (clockwise from top left) Ben Hampton, Kristi Wallace, Kayla Furgeson, Nathan Pitts, Kenny Wright, Benee Masri, Danielle Decker, Becky Rutter, Connie Compton, Chelsea Perryman, Kay Lyn Beauchamp, Carmel Swartz and Shawn Curl.