Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MESF's 5th Annual Mustang Raffle is Launching Soon!

MESF conducts only two major fundraisers throughout the year. The Patron Program in the Fall is a time when Murdock families are asked to become a Friend of the Foundation by making a personal donation. The Mustang Raffle in the Spring is designed to allow families to raise money by selling tickets. The Patron Program primarily funds Murdock’s Science & Technology initiatives. The Mustang Raffle is necessary to enhance those programs, as well as support MESF’s on-going needs assessment.

Profits will go toward funding new & improved Murdock initiatives such as the science lab, technology needs, and collaboration days. Initiatives are determined through an extensive needs assessment conducted by Murdock’s Principal & staff.
The raffle applies 100% of profits to its designated initiative & costs are kept low through sponsorships. The raffle generates approximately $35,000 & requires very little man power hours. The raffle generally runs for two weeks & requires little to no classroom interruptions.

You can approach family, friends, neighbors, athletic & church contacts for ticket sales. The purchaser does not need to be affiliated with the Murdock community. The three fantastic prizes make the raffle appealing to everybody.


  • Grand Prize = $1,000 Cash
  • 1st Prize = iPad Air 2
  • 2nd Prize = Atlanta Braves Package (6 tickets, parking pass & 755 Club access)
  • 2 tickets = Treasure Chest
  • 10 tickets = Cool Mustang Prize
  • TOP INDIVIDUAL SELLER = Chick-fil-A East Lake Party & Tour for 15 TOP PARTICIPATING CLASS per GRADE = Little Blue Ice Cream Truck Party with Mrs. Hamblett
Turn in 30 tickets (combined sibling total) on or before March 16th. Club Benefits for all siblings: 
  • Movie night at Murdock with Mrs. Hamblett
. Student drop off = parent free time! Food & beverage provided. 
  • Invitation to MESF Donor Open House
 - Enjoy an evening of food, beverage & conversation with MESF’s Board, including Mrs. Hamblett!
  • Exclusive MESF Sellers Club t-shirt - One for each child per qualifying family.
  • Family name on MESF plaque
Turn in 20 tickets on or before March 16th & your name will be entered into a drawing for an Annual Family Membership to Post Oak Swim & Tennis, valid May 1, 2015 (a $400 value)

Turn in 10 tickets on or before the following dates & your name will be entered into a drawing—-YOU could WIN!
March 6th = Minecraft Lego set

March 13th = Minecraft Lego set
(Lego set values = $110 & $70) 

  • 10 Raffle Tickets will go home with students on Feb. 27th

  • Students sell raffle tickets ($10 each) to friends, family & neighbors for a chance to win fabulous prizes
  • We accept cash or check payable to “MESF”
  • Must be 18 or older to purchase raffle ticket
  • Please give the large portion of the ticket to the purchaser & collect the stub (with purchaser’s contact information) & money
  • Submit completed stubs & money to the MESF table in the cafeteria each morning...the Front Office will NOT collect.
  • Drawing - March 17th 6:00pm - Murdock Elementary (need not be present to win) 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The 2014-2015 Patron Program kicks off this month!
Make your annual donation early via our online donation form 

Why should I invest in the MESF Patron Program?

MESF was created to educate, equip and excel Murdock students.

Educate – MESF provides funding for the science program and in classroom technology enhancements that are keysupplements to the education our students receive.  
Equip – According to the NSTA, science activities in the early grades lay the groundwork for student understanding in the subject.  MESF funds 100% of the hands-on science lab at Murdock, including teacher salary and equipment.
Excel  Research shows that students who utilize technology in the classroom exhibit superior organizational and problem-solving skills as compared to those in more traditional settings.  MESF’s support, of technology tools and training in the classroom, is vital to our students excelling in the classroomand into the future.

How much should I give?  MESF recommends a donation of $125 per family; however every donation will have a powerful impact on Murdock students, so please give at a level that is meaningful to youOur ultimate goal is for every Murdock Family to make an investment in our students. As an added bonus, everyone whodonates will receive: a MESF magnet and qualify for the classroom competition; gifts of $125 or more will qualify for inclusion in a drawing for a premium Murdock parking space for the 2014-2015 school year!

Is my donation tax deductible? YES!  As a 501(c) (3) organization your gift is tax deductible.  Tax receipts will be issued either at the time of your donation or be sent to you at the end of the calendar year.

Can my employer match my donation?  ABSOLUTELY!  Your gift can have an even greater impact on your children through a matching program. Check with your human resources department for your employers matching gift procedures. Questions? Follow the “Double your Donation” link for additional information on Corporate Matching Gifts or Contact Miranda Austin at

Where does the money go?  Your donation to the 2014-2015Patron Program will support:
  • 100% of the teacher salary for the Science Program
  • 100% of the lab equipment and supplies
  • Integrative technology resources such as I-pads, Apps,educational software and teacher training to empower Murdock to build and sustain 21st Century Classrooms

Are there other ways to get involved with MESF?  YES!  We welcome new volunteers to the Foundation and can definitely use you.  Please talk to a Board member, fill out a volunteer form at Meet & Greet, or visit complete a volunteer sign-up form on the website. Thank you in advance for your service!