Fowl Play Dinner 4.0!


The Zeeland Education Foundation Fowl Play Dinner 4.0 Be an Academic Booster raises $115,000 for Zeeland Public Schools! Fowl Play was a huge success made possible by our generous sponsors, attendees and local businesses.

Fowl Play 4.0 took place at the Yacht Basin Marina and Conference Center on October 26, 2017. Guests were entertained with live music provided by Cos and Cos. Upon conclusion of dinner and raffle two speakers presented information related to the current success of Zeeland Public Schools.

Cal DeKuiper, Superintendent of Zeeland Public Schools (ZPS) unveiled a plan to install a Zeeland Education Foundation (ZEF) Recognition Donor Board in the DeWitt Center for the Arts. Cal thanked individuals and local business for their help in supporting ZPS. Dr. Brandi-Lyn Mendham, Director of Curriculum and Technology for ZPS made a presentation on the results of the Phonics First program which was first introduced to the district 2015 in part by a grant provided by ZEF. The results are outstanding. With ZPS focus on literacy there has been a dramatic increase in ELA scores.   Zeeland Public Schools has been recognized as #24 out of 700 plus schools in the state for its 2017 M-STEP ELA scores! A dramatic and significant jump from past scores drawing attention to ZPS at the state level.

For more information related to the Zeeland Education Foundation contact its Directors Sara Stevens and Nikki Kleinheksel or visit our website at The Zeeland Education Foundation thanks the following event sponsors and local businesses that donated raffle items for their support!

Event Sponsors


Kyle and Jackie Curtiss

Tom and Sue DenHerder

Gentex Corporation

Request Foods

Creative Dining Services


Zeeland Farm Services

Dale Angell

Dan & Judy DePottey


Huntington Bank

John & Ann Query

Craig & Sara Stevens

Warner Norcross & Judd

Zeeland Family Dentistry

Corby & Liz Bergsma

BJW Berghorst & Sons

Chemical Bank

Dickinson Wright, LLC

Disher Design

DSA International, LLC

Gary & Diane Feenstra

GO Construction

Kessel & Bouwens Orthodontics

Chad & Nikki Kleinheksel

Macatawa Bank

Betty Miller

Subassembly Plus, Inc.

Town & Country Group

Jerry & Marcy Tubergen Foundation

The VanDorp Family

Catherine Wasson

West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry

Zeeland Self-Storage




In-Kind Raffle Donors



Chris Bart

Stacey Baumann

Claudia Bos

Chips Groundcover, LLC

City of Zeeland

Clearbrook Landscaping

Creative Dining Services

Crown Motors

Don’s Flowers

Econoline Abrasive Products

Engedi Salon

Festida Foods


Holland Bowl Mill

Home & Company

Jean Marie’s

Lost City

Out of the Box

Quality Car Wash

Kevin and Wendy Rebhan

Request Foods

Stephanie Stevens

Tiffany Stevens

Tripel Root


Zeeland Community Recreation

Zeeland Family Dentistry