Kari’s Access Awards cancels annual wine, beer tasting fundraiser

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Kari’s Access Awards is an endowment named in honor of Kari Fusselman, a former student of School District #1. Photo courtesy of Tonette West

Wyo4News Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (November 10, 2021) — Kari’s Access Awards has recently announced that they had to make the decision to cancel the annual 2022 Wine & Beer Tasting fundraiser event that has normally taken place in January.

With the amount of planning and preparation, along with the travel from out of the area by many of the vendors (some of which have indicated they wouldn’t be able to participate) and participants, it is not feasible to pull off a safe and successful event.

“I would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, and attendees for their continued support. We have rescheduled for January, 2023 and we hope to see you all there,” said Larry Fusselman, founder of KAA and father of Kari.

All proceeds from the events benefit students enrolled in Sweetwater School District #1 through an endowment fund.

The Kari’s Access Award fund gives School District #1 students access to non-traditional scholarships. These scholarships allow students to participate in outside programs, enhancing learning and personal growth beyond their daily school activities. To date, over 440 non-traditional scholarships have been awarded to local students of all ages.

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Students can apply directly or are recommended through friends, teachers and family. The scholarships are then awarded based on a set criteria composed of need, attendance, and academics.

Kari’s Access Awards receives 100% of their funding from private donations and their annual fundraiser.

The committee is all-volunteer and includes community members passionate about the future of our local youth. They include: Kayci Arnoldi, Art Castillo, Stacee Hanson, Weston Lamb-Costantino, Kori Rossetti-Slaugh, Andrea Tate, and Melissa Wray Marchetti.

Kari’s Access Awards opens new opportunities to students; bringing out the best in each student one child at a time.

If you would like more information about  Kari’s Access Awards, please call Larry Fusselman at 307-350-5267.

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