MDEF’s Signature Event

Taste of McCall is the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation’s annual signature event. Started in 2009, our goal for Taste of McCall is to not only showcase our local restaurants, breweries and Idaho wines, but to also raise awareness and money for educational opportunities for children in ourIMG_7959 community.

Each year our local restaurants serve their finest tastes and our breweries serve their best crafted beer. For the wine enthusiast we have samplings of wines chosen by our expert staff. Everyone enjoys the setting while imbibing and visiting with friends, old and new.

You will also enjoy shopping at our silent auction and this year we promise to highlight McCall “experiences” as well as beautiful baskets of wonderful gifts. All will be continually updated on the Silent Auction Page.

Once again this event is being held at beautiful Depot Park in downtown McCall. Tickets are available for $50 and may be purchased at Krahn’s Home Furnishings, Rupert’s/Hotel McCall, Shore Lodge Mercantile, Idaho First Bank and Mountain Monkey Business or here on our webpage.

All proceeds benefit the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.



Our vision is an engaged community committed to helping children reach their highest potential through innovative educational experience.  Consistently well-funded schools prepare generations of graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities of our global society.


Our Mission is to accomplish our vision, that McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation serves as an advocate and catalyst for education excellence.  We secure and provide funding, and engage and mobilize our existing community assets to enhance learning opportunities for children.


MDEF, a nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation, was established in 2007 by a committed and concerned group of citizens, who cared about our children, to address the increasing shortfall in public funds available to maintain the margin of excellence essential for our students to succeed and excel in our global society. Since its inception we have donated more than $400,000 to the McCall-Donnelly School District and area non-profits. As a result of our fundraising efforts, the school district and educational organizations in our area have been able to fund critical programs and materials in our local schools. 

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Sample of MDEF grant recipients:

Club Espanol – Lida Clouser, PLCA
This program was started last fall as an affordable, extracurricular foreign language program and due to popularity it is back.  Next year this grant will continue the Spanish/English educational opportunity for elementary age students and their caregivers and expand instruction to older and2014-05-14 16.16.58 more advanced participants.  Club Espanol will offer level 1 for beginning K-3rd students for 90 minutes weekly at Barbara Morgan Elementary School and level 2 for advanced beginner students in grades 4-6 for 90 minutes weekly at Payette Lakes Middle School.   Both programs are for students and their caregivers.

Finding the Heart(land) in STEM Education Part II –  MOSS, Heartland High School
The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), has been working with McCall-Donnelly students since 2005.  This grant allows continuation of an outdoor, place-based STEM program for Heartland High School students first piloted in 2014.  The 1-credit program will count towards students’ graduation requirements.

Hometown Art, Public Art Project – Cynthia Dittmer and Alison Foudy
This project will involve students from McCall Donnelly High School, Barbara Morgan Elementary School and Donnelly Elementary School to create public art and associated writings that will revolve around a theme of “Hometown Art.” Actual art works and written work will be created over the course of the school year and completed by March 2015 with a culminating exhibition and celebration.  An exhibition catalog will be created using InDesign and art works will be professionally photographed and printed on self-adhesive vinyl to be installed at bus shelters as temporary public art works.

Espanol Rapido – Jake Olson, Donnelly Elementary School, 120 K-5 students
Espanol Rapido seamlessly integrates innovative and fun Spanish language activities into the school day through 15 minute language lessons, 4 times a week, in every classroom.  Currently there is no foreign language in grade K-5, and nationally Idaho ranks in the bottom five of states offering foreign language in the elementary school.

Little Ski Hill After School Program – Little Ski Hill, Colby Neilsen
This creative after school program makes it affordable for many youth in our area to learn to ski or snowboard.  It includes instruction, a locker, gear, a ski pass and free bus transport from school.  No child is turned away from this program so our funds help those students who can’t afford to participate otherwise.  Over 550 volunteer hours also make this program a reality for the January/February time frame and has a tremendous mentor component.  This program is open to all K-6th graders.

Expanding Horizons Program – Payette Lakes Community Association, George Pool
2014-04-23 15.58.04Payette Lakes Community Association is a non-profit organization that provides an after school enrichment and academic support program for the students of Barbara Morgan Elementary School.  The program focuses on healthier lifestyles, first-hand curricular experiences as well as ecological education, science and community. This grant will provide new noteworthy components such as Outdoor Activities and Ecological Education, Science and Engineering, Academics, Life Skills, Lifetime Sports, Cultural Enrichment and Community Service and Arts and Crafts.

Nordic Ski Program – Kelly O’Connell, Donnelly Elementary School
Seventy five 3rd-5th graders will have Nordic equipment to supplement their outdoor adventure program in their PE classes at Donnelly Elementary School.  The purpose of that program is to introduce the students to lifetime sports as well as activities children do with their families.  The ever popular units expose children to biking, kayaking, golfing, alpine skiing and now Nordic skiing.

Winter Survival: It’s Not Just About Keeping Warm -Susan Buescher, Payette Lakes Middle School
To boost the biennial Winter Survival Day, where students get basic winter survival skills, students will now have access to 30 new pairs of snowshoes in their PE classes. This will expand the fitness activities offered to approximately 235 Payette Lakes Middle School students. The gear can also be shared with the students at Barbara Morgan Elementary School when needed.

Children’s Theater, Tracey Kindall, McCall Arts and Humanities Council
The MAHC’s Children’s Theater program will offer two 6-week after school theater workshops for students in grades 4 through 8, twice weekly 3:15 to 5:15—one in the fall, and one in the spring.  Students will receive experiential education in acting, improvisation, verbal and non-verbal communication, and teamwork.  Workshops will be supplemented by auditions and a full 8-week theatrical production culminating in 6 performances during the winter.  This program will also serve to pull together students, educators, parents and community organizations.  Overall, 60 students will be directly involved and up to 300 participants indirectly impacted by performances throughout the district.

Event Chair: Nancy Krahn
Food Chair: Patience Thoreson
Wine: David Carey
Silent Auction: Dave Looney
Public Relations: Gary Thompson & Erin Roper
Ticket Chair: Aana Vannoy