May 17 was a perfect day to celebrate Muncie Community Schools teachers!

About 100 teachers gathered under a beautiful clear blue sky in the Rose Garden at Minnetrista Museum & Gardens Wednesday night for the first Teacher Appreciation Night, where they enjoyed live music, dinner, a raffle, lawn games and more.

The event was organized by Alison Quirk, Volunteer Program Manager and Wellness Coordinator at MCS, with help from the Community Engagement Council, the Office of Community Engagement, and Minnetrista – of course – which provided the lovely locale.

Suzie Jones was the friendly face at the welcome table.

Brian Statz, Minnetrista’s President and CEO, said he hopes the event happens each year.

Kelli Huth, Vice President for Community Engagement, and OCE’s own Suzie Jones, enjoyed helping out at the event – Suzie welcomed teachers when they checked in, and Kelli announced winners of the raffle.

And several Ball State and community partners (Cradle to Career, Meridian Health Services, YMCA) offered information and swag at booths.

Associate Vice President for Community Engagement Kelli Huth announced the raffle winners.