Upcoming FIRE banquet to benefit Lutheran education

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Two Lutheran schools in Adams County are hoping you will attend the upcoming FIRE banquet.

FIRE stands for Faithfully Investing in Religious Education. This year marks the 14th for this event.

It's being put on by the Adams County Lutheran Education Association (ACLEA) to benefit Lutheran education in the county.

Money raised at this event will be split between Zion Lutheran in Hastings and Christ Lutheran in Juniata. Both are kindergarten thru 8th grade schools.

Doug Eisele, principal at Christ Lutheran, said it's a little over $6,000 to educate a student at his school. They only ask for $1,900 so the rest comes from the church and this FIRE fundraiser to help get learning materials, tuition assistance and things needed at the school.

"It's had a huge impact," said Eisele. "Dollars are hard to come by to run private institutions."

He adds that there are three reasons families are sending their children to his school: strong academics, safe place to attend and teaching faith.

"It's what more and more families are looking for," said Eisele.

The fundraiser will be Saturday, March 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. Meal will begin at 6:30 p.m.

There are nearly 200 silent auction items and around 40 live auction items. It's being held at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Many of the items come from local vendors that are supporting religious education, Eisele said.

Tickets are $60 per person. Or you can purchase a corporate table for 10 for $800.

You can purchase tickets at Zion Lutheran by calling 402-462-5012 or Christ Lutheran at 402-744-4991.

"It's a good time for everyone," said Sara Nielsen, principal of Zion Lutheran in Hastings.