SEF announces annual gala on Sept. 25

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The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) is hosting its 7th annual Fan of the Foundation Gala this fall. The gala will be held at the Aqua Turf on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Guests are encouraged to dress in jerseys and sports gear to show off their favorite team in honor of the “Tailgating at the Turf” theme.

A $75 ticket will provide access to a variety of food stations, an open bar, and auctions that will offer a chance to win prizes, local perks and weekend getaways. An “Early Bird” special is offering a $10 discount for preregistration before Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Since 2009, SEF has awarded more than $165,000 in grants to enrich students’ learning experience in the community.

Funds from the foundation are donated to “creating innovative projects that enrich students’ learning,” furthering the foundation’s mission to promote excellence in Southington’s public schools, said SEF Chairperson Jan Galati.

This year, the foundation donated 55 grants to teachers spanning all schools and grade levels. They strengthened partnerships with the YMCA through the Science at Sloper opportunity for fourth-graders, and the New Britain Art Museum’s third-grade Artists in Residence program.

SEF’s fundraisers and community efforts aim to “ensure that our children acquire a lifelong passion for knowledge and growth long after they’ve left our Southington classrooms,” according to the foundation website.

Galati said the gala is offers an “opportunity for friends, neighbors, residents, and parents to gather together in one place and have lots of fun,” with the knowledge that the cost of the evening “will go right back to students in the community, which makes Southington a better place, and makes the world a better place.”

Donations to the auctions will offer an opportunity to take home a basketball autographed by UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, or win a principal-for-the-day experience at a local school, front row seats at SHS’s 2016 graduation ceremony, or Disney day-hopper passes.

Registration for the event is available online at www.southingtoneducationfoundation.org. Southington business owners seeking information about sponsorship can contact Jan Galati, SEF Chairperson at (860) 628-0279 or Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, SEF Sponsorship Coordinator at (860) 629-8478.

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