On October 28, 2021, Carmel Education Foundation (CEF) President, Tricia Reynolds, was honored to receive a $5,000 donation from State Bank during the dedication ceremony for their new Carmel location at 126th & Gray Road.  State Bank will be recognized as the First Taste VIP Sponsor at Taste of Carmel, presented by CEF, on Thursday, March 3, 2022.  The First Taste VIP Party features a chef presentation, signature cocktail, entertainment, and special gift for up to 200 guests.  VIP attendees will join 1,000+ other community members at the main event immediately following the VIP reception.

Jennifer Penix, Executive Director, CEF, is enthusiastic about this partnership that extends beyond Taste of Carmel, one of two annual CEF fundraisers.  State Bank will also present a unique “shark tank” type of scholarship that will recognize a Carmel High School senior with an entrepreneurial spirit.  This scholarship will be presented in May, 2020, with the application opening in December, 2021. 

Penix says “The partnership between State Bank and CEF is integral to our mission of supporting Carmel Clay students in lifelong learning.  The team members at State Bank are focused on creating connections and having a positive impact in our community, and their presence at Taste of Carmel, as well as their engagement in our scholarship process, is a testament to their values.  We look forward to growing our partnership and benefiting even more kids and families in Carmel.”

As the non-profit funding partner of Carmel Clay Schools, CEF, raises funds through events like Taste of Carmel to provide teacher grants, scholarships, and programs benefiting Carmel Clay students, staff, and families.  The CEF Board of Directors has been working to broaden the scope of the scholarship program which currently awards over 100 annual scholarships. The State Bank scholarship will be a unique addition and will encourage students to go beyond a typical application process.

Visit www.TasteOfCarmelIndiana.com for event information and additional sponsor opportunities.  Tickets will go on sale in January, 2022 and are $100 for the State Bank First Taste VIP Party, $60 for general admission, and $1,000 for a table for ten.  Guests will enjoy food and drink from 40+ vendors, “sail away” entertainment, a premiere silent auction, raffle, and the spirit of our community supporting public education.

About the Carmel Education Foundation:

One of the oldest foundations of its kind, the Carmel Education Foundation was created to help Carmel Clay students achieve their full potential. Since 1966, the Foundation has awarded over $2,100,000 in college scholarships to Carmel High School seniors and over $850,000 in education grants to inspire lifelong learning for Carmel Clay students. The Carmel Education Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors who give their time and energy to accelerate the Foundation’s mission by funding grants, awarding more than 80 scholarships annually and expanding resources for Carmel Clay Schools.