SPARTA — The Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) successfully hosted their Fifth Annual Wine and Craft Beer Tasting & Food Pairing fundraiser on Sunday, September 24. The event featured an assortment of gourmet food specially selected to pair with an assortment of wines and craft beers. “We are thrilled to mark the fifth year of this popular event,” said Danielle Dykstra, president of the SEF. “There was a great turnout and our guests enjoyed a wide variety of wines and beers to taste and delicious gourmet treats to pair with them. We’d like to thank The Liquor Factory in Sparta for providing wine and beer for the tasting, and KRAVE Café + Caterers for their delicious food pairings. We also appreciate the Silent Auction items donated by the Russo family, the NJ Devils for donating tickets, J. Thomas Jewelers for their jewelry and gift certificate donations, and Steve Marencik and Mike Difrisco for donating additional raffle items. Many thanks also to Kylen and Tom Anderson for generously hosting this event in their beautiful home, and to all the guests who came out to support our public schools.”The Sparta Education Foundation has awarded over $879,000 in grants to all five of Sparta’s public schools since 2006. The Foundation is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c) 3 NJ non-profit corporation whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving that strengthens the public schools, supports teachers, and inspires students. For more information about the Foundation, visit <URL destination="http://spartaeducationfoundation.org. ">spartaeducationfoundation.org.</URL>Coming upThe Sparta Education Foundation’s Thanksgiving morning fundraiser on Thursday, November 23 marks the 11th Anniversary of the Annual Krogh’s Turkey Trot, one of Sparta’s best-loved events which has become “The Tradition Before The Tradition.” It’s a memorable way to spend Thanksgiving morning with other members of the community who share the common goal of supporting strong public schools. Registration is now open for the 2017 Turkey Trot.Runners can register online at kroghsturkeytrot.com or download the form at that website and mail it to The Sparta Education Foundation, PMB 126, 270 Sparta Avenue #104, Sparta, NJ 07871. All mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Saturday, November 18. Every Thursday in October from 5 to 8PM at Krogh’s, the SEF will offer registrations at a $5 discount (5k registration only, no Fun Run discounts). Krogh’s will also be offering a 10% discount on dinners to any registrants on those evenings.The packet pick-up and free pasta party for registered participants takes place on Wednesday, November 22 from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Packets can also be picked up the morning of the race beginning at 7 a.m. in the Lake Mohawk Country Club Ballroom. The pasta party is catered by Villa Capri II, a Silver Sponsor of the Turkey Trot. Turkey Trot sponsors include Title Sponsor Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, Gold Sponsor ThorLabs, Bib Sponsor Eastern Propane, Goody Bag Sponsor Realty Executives and Leaderboard Sponsor Spavia. Silver Level Sponsors to date include Villa Capri II, Lake Mohawk Country Club, Krave Café + Caterer, Fraser Cerra LLC Attorneys at Law, Wellness Pediatrics, Pine Cone Chiropractic, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Dykstra Associates and Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation/Atlantic Health. Silver and Bronze Level sponsorship opportunities are still available, and there are also many local businesses, volunteers and individuals who support the Turkey Trot at the Bronze Level or with in-kind donations.The 1-mile Fun Run will start at 8:15 a.m. All participants will receive a medal at the completion of the run. The 5K will begin at 8:45 a.m. Both routes kick off in White Deer Plaza and follow East Shore Trail alongside Lake Mohawk. Each registered participant will receive a goody bag while supplies last. Don't forget to like the Sparta Education Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to share your pictures and experiences with the community.