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Cruise-in and taste some chili for music education

Sandy High Music Foundation introduces new fundraiser

Still seeking to provide funds to music students in need at Sandy High School, the Sandy High Music Foundation is trying out a new method for fundraising.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, the music foundation will hold its first Cruise-in and Chili Cook Off in the parking lot of Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St.

The Sandy High Music Foundation was created in 1989 to support music education at the high school. Funds that the foundation raises go toward sheet music, uniforms and competition costs.

“We want any student who’s interested in being part of the music program to have that opportunity,” said Pixie Ulmen of the foundation.

The foundation has been a 501c3 nonprofit organization for a year.

Alumni and parents of current students are eligible to be on the foundation’s board. The Sandy High Music Foundation meets at 7 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month in the lecture hall at Sandy High School.

In the past, the foundation has relied on auctions as its biggest source of funds. But Ulmen said the foundation had seen a steady decline of people wanting to attend an auction.

The board needed a new option.

“We decided to shake it up and have a cruise-in,” Ulmen said.

The foundation’s cruise-in, which will take place in the school’s upper parking lot, welcomes all participants. “If you’re proud of it, you can bring it,” Ulmen said in reference to questions about modern cars being welcome at the event.

Awards will be people’s choice, the foundation's choice, band teacher’s choice and choir teacher’s choice in addition to best of each of the 14 categories.

The first 50 cars to register will receive an SHS Music Foundation Cruise-in dashboard plaque. Registration is $10.

To receive a registration form for the Cruise-in, send an email to shmusicfoundation@gmail.com.

The event also will feature music, raffles and food.

For those who don’t own a classic car, there’s still a chance to win bragging rights.

Saturday, Sept. 27, also will mark the foundation’s first Chili Cook Off. The competition will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We thought it was another great way to get the community involved,” Ulmen said.

Event attendees can be $5 for an all you can eat chili-tasting kit and help judge the entries.

Awards will be given for best chili by a restaurant, best chili by an individual or family, hottest chili and best-decorated booth.

Chili cooks are asked to register for the competition by Thursday, Sept. 25. Registration is $15 per chili entered.

For more information, call Christina at 503-997-7176 or email the foundation at shmusic foundation@gmail.com

In addition to the cook off, the school’s band and choir teachers will give limited tours at the event.

Band and choir students will volunteer at the event.

The Sandy High Music Foundation will hold elections at a meeting on Oct. 2. The foundation hopes to fill spots to create a four-person board.