The Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal for its annual campaign.

The Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal for its annual campaign.

Foundation President Mike Reilly said he challenged the foundation's board in the fall with a fundraising goal of $150,000. He announced Wednesday that the annual campaign had raised more than $175,000.

"That is an amazing number," Reilly said.

He spoke during the LPSEF's 17th annual Foundation Breakfast.

The event took place Wednesday morning at Leavenworth High School.

The foundation's fundraising campaign lasted from October through December, according to Foundation Director Catey Edwards.

With the money raised from the latest fall campaign, the foundation has raised a total of $2 million in 17 years, Reilly said

"It's an amazing feat for our community," he said.

Reilly said the foundation provides financial resources for programs and grants that impact students in the Leavenworth public schools.

Edwards said the foundation operates about 30 programs including one that provides grants to teachers.

Wednesday's breakfast featured a video with information about grants and other programs supported by the foundation.

Attendees also were treated to a video from Anthony Elementary School. The video was made as part of a contest organized by the foundation. The contest was open to all of the schools in the Leavenworth district.

"The overall winner this year was Anthony Elementary," Reilly said.

More than 350 people attended Wednesday's breakfast. Edwards said the event served as a thank you to donors.

A number of people also were recognized during the breakfast including teachers who had been awarded grants from the foundation.

The guest speaker for the breakfast was Nathan Butler.

Butler is a 2013 graduate of Leavenworth High School. While attending the high school, he won three state wrestling titles.

He will graduate from Stanford University in California later this year. He plans to take a job as a software engineer for Facebook.

Butler continued wrestling at Stanford and won several athletic honors including a PAC-12 conference title.

Butler talked about setting goals for himself, a practice he began while growing up and has continued in college. He said setting goals is the driving force for everything he does.

Butler said he fell short of achieving his goal of being an NCAA champion while at Stanford.

"But I reached my intermediate goals," Butler said, and he is able to walk away with no regrets.

Butler remarked about the level of support he received from his teachers at Leavenworth High School.

He said Leavenworth teachers have provided the bridge to enable their students to get where they are going. He said the teachers are making a difference in the lives of their students.

At the end of the breakfast, Bill Geiger, past president of the foundation, recognized Reilly and Chris Norris.

Reilly and Norris are stepping down from their positions as president and vice president of the foundation's Board of Directors.

"We're not going away," Reilly said. "We're sticking around."

Mark Denney will serve as the new vice president. Holly Shehorn-Pittman will be the new president.

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