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A food-sampling event made possible by dozens of community and celebrity chefs and bakers was the backbone of a scholarship fundraising event Nov. 2 for the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation.

The event known as e.a.t.s. (educational assistance through scholarships) took place at the UW Oshkosh Fox Cities campus, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha.

“While e.a.t.s. is one of our primary fundraising events, it does more than raise money,” said Thomas Frantz, UW Fox Cities Foundation interim director, who noted the event raises a great deal of awareness of the Fox Cities campus and its successes.

“Because of the large number of students assisting with e.a.t.s., it gives community members an opportunity to meet and interact with our students and hear their stories firsthand. Community members, leaders and government officials also get to meet us and learn about what happens on this campus. In some ways, besides the fundraising dimension, e.a.t.s. has become a celebration of this campus.”

Attendees were invited to sample food items and check out a silent auction and raffles as a way to support Fox Cities campus students at as well as staff development and campus enhancements.

Food items ranged from Door County cherry pork, smoked salmon spread and chicken tikki masala to double layer lemon cake, specialty pies, caramel apple crisp and bananas foster. There was an array of soups, chills, appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Among numerous celebrity chefs were UW Oshkosh Assistant Chancellor Martin Rudd and his wife, Kris, who prepared olive and fig tapenade; Representative Amanda Stuck, who made spicy vegetarian chili; and Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson and his wife, Maria, who showcased their special caramel apple crisp.

Since its inception, e.a.t.s. has helped hundreds of college students achieve their goal of higher education.

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