Events Archive

  • Giving is Gorges

    May 9-10 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    Support IPEI and Thank Teachers and Staff

    IPEI’s grants and programs are funded by contributions made by generous individuals, businesses and foundations. This includes gifts on May 9-10, Giving is Gorges Day (6 pm – 6 pm). At the end of the school year is a great time to recognize great teachers and schools by making gifts to IPEI in their honor.


    Take a moment and think about that teacher or staff member who impacted your day, your year, (or even your life!). Their work and their excitement about school, or even just their presence made a difference to you or to your children.


    Show them you remember them on #GivingisGorges Day!


    Make a gift of any size May 9-10, and we’ll send you a PDF file you can use to honor a teacher or staff member, letting them know you made a gift in their honor.



    Thank you for joining IPEI as we celebrate and support the work of teachers across the ICSD with future grants!


    Victory Club Benefits IPEI

    April 15, 2017


    Victory Club is Alpha Delta Phi’s annual celebration in honor of giving back to the Ithaca local community. The Cornell fraternity will be celebrating the 100th year of Victory Club on April 15, 2017, 8:00-11:00 p.m. with proceeds from the event benefiting the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

    With a history going back to WWI, Alpha Delta Phi is pleased to invite the Cornell and Ithaca community to participate in a night of “black tie” or business attire, casino-style games, champagne, philanthropy and serious fun at their house at 777 Stewart Ave.

    The History Center will have a 1917-themed room at Victory Club with raffle, scavenger hunt and quick tours.

    Tickets are $35.00 for college students and $45.00 for non-students. Tickets include entrance to the adults-only event, h’ordeuvres, and wine sponsored by Jorian Hill Vineyards and Knudsen Vineyards.


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  • 19th Annual Adult Spelling Bee

    March 5, 2017


    The Annual Adult Spelling Bee is a fun fundraiser supporting IPEI’s grants for teachers. Spelling Bee Team Sponsors directly fund grants because Event Sponsors cover all event expenses. In addition, there’s a silent auction, program advertisements, and many other ways for the community to participate.


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  • Giving is Gorges

    May 4, 2016

    IPEI is excited to join in the 24 hour Day of Giving starting at 12:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4. Please watch for emails and Facebook and Twitter messages from us about this fantastic community-wide effort to engage supporters with causes across Tompkins County!

    Join us to:

    Thank Terrific Teachers!

    You can make a gift to IPEI in their name

    IPEI believes that our teachers deserve appreciation. That’s why we have dedicated 20 years to empowering them to innovate while connecting school and community. We know these connections enhance education for all students.

    Your Gifts Support IPEI grants!

    Notification of your gift will be sent to the teacher of your choice. After you enter your payment information you will have the chance to leave us a message. Simply enter the name of the teacher you wish to thank, and the teacher’s school for notification.

    “Thank you for your continued support of quality education in our district. IPEI grants have an immense impact on the positive growth of our students and community. IPEI is a welcome support to our daily efforts to impart high quality learning.”
    -Samuel Trechter, teacher, Belle Sherman and Caroline Elementary Schools

    Giving is Gorges was established by a collaborative group, including the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, United Way of Tompkins County, Tompkins Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Finger Lakes, to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. The purpose of this powerful giving experience is to unite our community members around causes in which they truly believe and help support local nonprofit organizations.

    On May 4th, 2016, we all will collectively embrace new tools and strategies that generate excitement and multiply resources for organizations doing great work all over Tompkins County. This is a unique opportunity to highlight how we can work together to share commitments and build a stronger sense of community.

    For more information, visit or contact IPEI, 607.256.4734,

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  • Annual Adult Spelling Bee

    March 6, 2016

    IPEI’s Adult Spelling Bee features 32 spelling teams – three team members each – as well as an official pronouncer, timekeeper, and eight judges. Our signature fundraising event raises funds for IPEI grants for ICSD teachers. Thanks to our generous event sponsors all proceeds from the Bee go directly to funding grants.

    Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the fun-filled gathering that draws a large crowd of all ages eager to watch the teams of spellers representing local businesses, schools, and community groups. Team costumes are encouraged, and cheering sections rally the competitors as the teams battle it out to make it to the championship round vying for the Fuzzy Bee trophy. Team sponsors can be seen here.

    Throughout the event and starting at 1:30 p.m. when the doors open, there’s a silent auction, with wonderful items donated by local businesses. Complimentary refreshments are provided by local eateries, and a photo booth provided by Remembox will be on site for spellers and spectators to capture their memories of the fun! The drawing of the winning ticket in the quilt raffle will round out the fun, so make sure to get your tickets before the final round.

    This year’s Bee will pilot a spelling competition format based on the Bozeman School Foundation, Montana. With this new approach, teams in each round will be given the same words to spell at the same time, and the pace of spelling is expected to increase.

    Contact the Spelling Bee Committee, to get involved or with questions. The chair is Jennifer Biloski,, 607-227-1905.

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