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Patti Bitney Starke listens as District 833 Superintendent Mark Porter reads the plaque given to her by the district marking 12 years of distinguished service as executive director of the South Washington County Education Foundation. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)

Starke leaves 833 Education Foundation

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Close friends say Patti Bitney Starke is an energetic, strong and fierce person who never does anything halfway.

Starke, who is leaving the South Washington County Education Foundation after serving as executive director for 12 years, used those qualities to raise nearly $500,000 for classroom projects with relentless enthusiasm for fundraising.

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Among the projects she organized were two annual "extravaganzas" featuring silent auctions and food from local restaurants.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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