2017 Inaugural MEF Walk-A-Thon a success!

The Merrillville Education Foundation sponsored its first Walk-A-Thon on a beautiful Saturday morning on September 16, 2017.   A million thanks to all who came out to participate!  We had nearly 100 participants, and it was a tremendous success.  Everyone got some good exercise, many prizes were given out, and a fun time was had by all.  We would like to thank the following people for their generosity and support:


  • Merrillville students, families, and staff for raising money and coming to the walk
  • Merrillville teachers, support staff and principals for spreading the word
  • Business and community sponsors for giving donations and prizes (see below)
  • MHS Athletic Department for helping coordinate the event
  • MHS Graphic Arts Department for creating the posters, banner, and t-shirts
  • Volunteers from the Merrillville High School STAND Club, the Freshmen Mentor Program, MHS Cheerleaders, and MHS Concession Stand for giving of their time
  • Bernardino Perea and Terrell Taylor for the great photos covering the event
  • Merrillville Education Foundation Board Members for doing what it takes to make this inaugural event a success!

2017 Walk-A-Thon Sponsors
Many thanks to our sponsors of our inaugural MEF Walk-A-Thon! With your support, the Foundation continues to provide unique and valuable education opportunities for Merrillville students.

Silver Star Contributors – $500 to $999
Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics PC

Bronze Star Contributors – $250 to $499
Carras-Szany-Kuhn and Associates, PC

DVG Team, Inc.
Hugh P. Seller & Frances K. Seller, DDS
McMahon & Associates CPA’s, P.C.
Prudential Financial – Andrew Draper
STIFEL – Mark Lazart

Purple Star Contributors – $100 to $249
Acme Print Copy Design
Briggs Insurance Company
Burns Funeral Home
Cari Hooper
Centier Bank
Copier Consultants
David Barrick – Real Estate
Debbie Argenta
Hilda Damianick
Janis Qualizza
Merrillville Kiwanis

Walk-A-Thon Gift Sponsors
Abuelo’s Restaurant
Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.
Chuck E. Cheese
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Culver’s Restaurant
Fahrenheit Two Twelve Restaurant
Family Express
Jelly Pancake House
Maxim’s Restaurant and Lounge
QDOBA Mexican Eats
Railcats Baseball
Sam’s Club
Spill the Beans

First ever MEF Walk-A-Thon set for September 16!

The Merrillville Education Foundation invites you to participate in our first ever MEF Walk-a-Thon fundraiser! Participants in the “Better Health, Better Minds” event will be walking at Merrillville High School on Saturday, September 16, 2017, to raise funds for MEF teacher grants.

DOWNLOAD YOUR REGISTRATION FORM HERE and join us for a day of prizes, food, exercise and fun, while supporting new education opportunities for Merrillville Community School students.

MEF Walk-a-Thon Details:

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    We are asking for help from community businesses and school patrons to partner with us in this worthwhile endeavor. Please consider contributing in one or more ways to help our cause.

    To view suggested sponsorship opportunities, CLICK/TAP HERE for our information letter. We also need gift cards/gift certificates for Walk-a-Thon participant prizes.

    Thank you for joining many others in going the extra mile in support of our students, our schools, and our community. Your financial support at whatever level you choose will be greatly appreciated!

    Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and walking will begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • Location of the walk will be at the Merrillville High School Soccer/Track & Field Area (east of the football stadium).
  • Minimum participation donation is $10.00.
  • EVERY participant must submit a signed event disclaimer in order to walk in the event.
  • Participants are asked to walk one mile, but can choose to walk more if they wish.
  • T-shirts for ages 5 years and older will be given to each participant who raises/brings in at least $20.00 in sponsorship donations and submits the registration form and donations to your school’s office by Friday, September 1, 2017. Additional fundraising can be turned in on the day of the event, but no t-shirt can be guaranteed at that late date.
  • Participants will receive one raffle ticket for every $10.00 in donations to be used towards prize draws on the event day. Raffle tickets will be given at the time of registration on September 16.
  • This is a family-friendly event open to EVERYONE in the community. Please join us! However, if you are unable to participate, please consider making a donation to MEF.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities: We are asking help from community businesses and school patrons to partner with us in this worthwhile endeavor.  Suggested sponsorship opportunities can be found in our information letterWe also need gift cards/gift certificates for prizes.  Please consider contributing in one or more ways to help our cause.  Thank you for joining many others in going the extra mile in support of our students, our schools, and our community. Your financial support at whatever level you choose will be greatly appreciated!

We hope that this will be a huge community event so we can continue to provide impactful grants that enhance our students’ learning experiences. Teacher grants are awarded semi-annually by the Foundation.

2017 MEF Major Saver Campaign gets underway Friday, March 17!

Small Card, BIG Results. The Major Saver 2017 card is now here and ready for sale beginning March 17!

The Merrillville Education Foundation is once again excited to be offering Major Saver discount cards for sale through the Merrillville schools. Conveniently keep the mini card on your keychain or use the Major Saver app for Android or iOS devices so you can always take full advantage of all of the great discounts the card offers!

Students in the district will be selling $10 cards with 20 Buy-One-Get-One Free offers starting Friday, March 17th thru Tuesday, March 28th. (more…)

Major thanks for your support of the 2016 Major Saver campaign!

The Merrillville Education Foundation would like to thank everyone who purchased a 2016 Major Saver card.  Our fundraiser was a big success because of YOU!

Proceeds from the sale of Major Saver cards directly support the participating schools and the activities of the Merrillville Education Foundation.   The MEF has given over $200,000 to the Merrillville Schools over the past 14 years in the form of teacher grants.  These grants help fund innovative and creative projects in the classroom and school and allow students to have broad educational experiences.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Major Saver Campaign – March 17-29, 2017

2011 MEF Gala Photo Gallery

The 2011 Merrillville Education Foundation Gala was held on Friday, April 29 at the Star Plaza in Merrillville. An enjoyable evening of food, spirits and entertainment marked another successful fundraiser for the Foundation. (more…)