9th Annual Mustang Foundation Banquet Set for January 27, 2018 – Order Tickets Now

The Mustang Foundation Banquet Committee would like to invite fans of the Independence Community School District (ICSD) to an evening out supporting the Mustangs! Put on your maroon and white and come enjoy the 2018 Mustang Foundation Banquet! Attendees will enjoy the company of friends, indulge in fabulous desserts and together raise money for a common cause.

The upcoming banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018. Social hour is set to begin at 5:30, dinner will be served shortly after 7:00 by Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse, and auction items will be available throughout the evening. This past January, a sold out crowd raised over $20,000 toward the Mustang Foundation’s endowment fund, which is to benefit and support the extracurricular activities of the ICSD.

The evening will also include live and silent auction items completely unique to the Mustang Foundation Banquet. Emcees for this year will once again be Meg Rawlins and Danielle Meyer, both employees of the ICSD. If you missed how entertaining they were at  last year’s banquet, make sure you don’t miss it this year!

The Mustang Foundation’s annual banquet is highlighted by the unique way of presenting and serving desserts. The desserts are made by volunteer dessert chefs associated with various ICSD student activities, clubs or classrooms. These dessert chefs prepare lavish and indulgent desserts, in order to generate tips from the table they are serving; the chef with the largest amount of tips is declared the winner of the evening. Last year’s dessert chefs raised over $7,000 in tips! These tips are then evenly distributed to benefit the ICSD groups who had a chef representing them.

The Mustang Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1994 with the mission of the Foundation to solicit and receive contributions, grants, gifts and transfer of property to or for the benefit of the Independence Community School District. In 1998, Rudy Leytze donated $100,000 to create the Mustang Foundation Endowment Fund. The Foundation’s annual community banquet was created to strengthen the endowment fund. Additionally, a portion of the banquets proceeds go directly towards selected school projects/activities. Since the formation of the Foundation, the organization has funneled over $3 million in gifts toward the betterment of the ICSD.

To order your individual tickets or sponsor a table of eight for the 2018 Banquet, please visit our website https://www.indeemustangfoundation.com/donate/ .  In the top right corner click on DONATE & ORDER TICKETS. This brings up the donation page. Complete your data and under the drop down menu for “Donate or Purchase Tickets” select “Mustang Foundation Banquet”. Proceed with ordering and paying for your tickets.   You may also call Shelly Whited at 319-334-7534 or email shelly.whited@bankiowa.com. Table sponsors and donors will be recognized throughout the evening. The Mustang Foundation Banquet continues to be a sellout event every year, so plan on ordering your tickets early. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For more information about the Mustang Foundation, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at https://www.indeemustangfoundation.com/donate/.


The Mustang Foundation Inc. (Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and is qualified by the IRS to receive tax-deductible gifts, bequests, devises or transfers. The Foundation is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extra-curricular activities of the Independence Community School District. A 13-person board appointed in staggered terms by the Independence Community School District Board governs the Foundation.