2023 MEF Gala Hops & Vino Festival 2.0 enjoyed by many!

The Merrillville Education Foundation hosted the Hops and Vino Gala 2.0 at Avalon Manor on April 21, 2023. It was a great evening and everyone enjoyed themselves, plus we raised funds to continue our mission!

2023 MEF Gala Sponsors
Many thanks to our sponsors of the 2023 MEF Gala! With your support, the Foundation continues to provide unique and valuable education opportunities for Merrillville students.

Silver Star Sponsorship – $500
Andrew Draper/Prudential Financial
Centier Bank – Merrillville Branches
Dominic Nicolini/Orchard Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley

Bronze Star Sponsorship – $250
Catch Table & Tap Restaurant

Purple Star Sponsorship – $150
DeLena Thomas
Pickle Time of Crown Point

Table Sponsorship – $100
David Barrick/Coldwell Banker Realty
Joe and Annette Allegretti
Linda Jonaitis
Marissa and Scott Smoljan
Mike Hadt/Capital Mangement Group at Oak Partners, Inc.


Business and Patron Gift Donations

Albanese Confectionery Group
Andrew Draper
Asparagus Restaurant
Barb Orelup
BJ Brewhouse
Catch Table and Tap Restaurant
Chick-fil-A of Merrillville
Custom Data Services/ Chris Govert, Adam Mlynarcik, Adam Pardune
Dorine Lumbarkoski
Gail Nicolini
Gina Nicolini
Innsbrook Country Club
Kathy Martin
Kim and Steve Coppolillo
Lindsey Megyesi
Lori and Chris Govert
Marisa and Scott Smoljan
Mary Hoffman
Maxim’s Restaurant
McMahon & Associates, CPA’s, P.C.


Merrillville Auto Zone
Merrillville Discount Tire
Merrillville Happy Car Wash
Merrillville Take 5 Oil Change
Mike and Micky Zolfo/ The Yoga Room
Morgan Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Nancy Draper
Piccolo Sogno Restaurant
Pickle Time of Crown Point
Red Lobster – Merrillville
Republic National Distributing Company
Riste Ristevski
Sherron Pampalone
Sophia’s Famous Pancakes
Steve Govert
The Exercise Coach
Tillena Eddie-Castleberry
Tristan Facer – Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Turkey Creek Golf Course
Wellness Retreats
Youche Country Club

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