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The Monticello Area Education Foundation is pleased to announce that its 10th annual Legacy of Learning Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Monticello Middle School.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the ceremony and dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
The focus of this year’s Gala is “The Healing Arts”. Honorees will be a pair of Monticello graduates who have excelled in their field of medicine.
Dr. Beth Riley Hicks
Dr. Beth Riley Hicks graduated from Monticello in 1991. She attended Beloit College and graduated with a degree in biochemistry in 1995. In 2001, Dr. Hicks received her M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed her residency at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and served as chief resident of internal medicine. Dr. Hicks presently is a hospitalist for the Critical Care and Pulmonary Consultants Group based out of Sky Ridge Medical Center, Littleton Adventist Medical Center, and the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. Dr. Hicks was recently elected Chief of Medicine at Sky Ridge and is the Associate Program Director of a new Internal Medicine residency program at Sky Ridge.
Dr. Roger Crouse
Dr. Roger Crouse is a 1969 Monticello graduate. He attended the University of Wisconsin and finished with a degree in chemistry in 1972. Dr. Crouse earned his M.D. in 1976 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and followed with a four year residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Crouse practiced internal medicine for at the Welborn Clinic in Evansville, Ind. working in the intensive care unit as well as in a private practice. In 2002, Dr. Crouse accepted a position at the Mayo Clinic in Mankato, Minn. In August of 2012, Dr. Crouse started seeing patients at the main Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Crouse also teaches in a family practice residency and serves as Chairman of Medicine on the Ethics and Medical Review Board. He also volunteers on medical mission trips to Kenya and Israel.
The Gala is the Monticello Area Education Foundation’s major fundraising event and we would like to thank all of our sponsors and especially our event sponsors, Kirby Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital and Physician Group. Money received from the Gala to on to fund classroom grants, scholarships, and special projects for the Monticello School District. Last year, the MAEF awarded over $11,000 in classroom grants, $7,000 in tutoring scholarships, and $16,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. We encourage participation in the MAEF and its events because it is through the generous donations of individuals in our community that our foundation achieves success in the endeavors of enriching, enhancing, and strengthening educational programs in Monticello Schools.
Tickets for the 10th annual Legacy of Learning Gala can be purchased at First State Bank, County Market, and at the School District office. For more information, contact Brandon Hissong at 762-2591.