By Lisa Capobianco
The Southington Education Foundation welcomes the public to its fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala on Friday, Oct. 25.
With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” the event gives attendees an opportunity to dress in their favorite sports gear and apparel while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees. The gala will also feature the new STEM University Lounge, a dorm-style reclining area that has a pinball game and a professional photographer to take photos of all attendees.
“It is a fun, informal evening,” said SEF Chair Dawn Miceli. “Every year we have some different things going on.”
Besides the new STEM University Lounge, the event will feature live entertainment from local DJ Butch Gray along with open bar and silent auctions. Miceli said the auction items are “unique,” and include student artwork, principal and gym teacher for the day opportunities, Graduation 2013 seating and more.
Tickets cost $75 each, and all proceeds will benefit the Southington public schools. Currently, the SEF has warded nearly $100,000 to local classroom initiatives that increase educational opportunities. The SEF has also started a new initiative with its long-term commitment to advancing STEM education within the entire school district.
Miceli said the community’s presence at the gala will play a role in these new classroom initiatives.
“The education budget can only do so much,” she said. “Our teachers want innovative programming for the students.”
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi said he feels appreciative of the work that SEF puts into the entire school, and hopes to see members of the community attend the event.
“I am hoping the community recognizes just how hard this group works,” Erardi said. “I look forward to being there.”
Anyone interested in buying tickets or sponsoring the event can contact Dawn Miceli at (860) 681-8006.