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Six Years Strong

October 26, 2005

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF), now in its sixth year, held its annual meeting in late September. The Foundation’s mission is to build a partnership between the school and the community by raising and administering funds in support of innovation and excellence in the Croton-Harmon School District.

To accomplish their mission, CHEF allocates money in the form of grants to support ideas and programs that have an enduring presence in the schools. Funding for the grants is raised through several fund-raising events that occur throughout the year.

A new slate of officers for the coming year was elected with Sabina Barach as President, Ziporah Janowski and Lisa Penberthy as Co-Vice Presidents, Mary O’Neill Berry as Secretary and Betsy Ellison as Treasurer. Liza Parker Migliorelli stepped down from being President to direct her efforts towards fundraising.

CHEF also welcomed five new members to its Board and said a temporary goodbye to long-standing member and vice-president Pat Barua. The new Board members are Kathleen Dunleavy Soares, Ann Gallelli, Melissa London Glickman, Bianca Mancinelli and Debra Schor. They join continuing Board members: Priscilla Bellows, Steven Bluestone, Mitch Klein, Quinn Moss, Kim Nathanson and Ron Rentel.

CHEF’s biggest fund-raiser, the Under the Stars dinner and dance in June, has quickly become a fixture in Croton’s calendar of annual events. Plans are already under way for another great night in June 2006. Additionally, some new events are being planned including a Dine-Around in January. You will soon be hearing more about both these events.

Grant allocations occur twice yearly and are based on applications that can be filled out by teachers or parents with program ideas. CHEF is actively seeking new grant applications for the 2005-2006 school year. Further information about the application process will be distributed to teachers and to the community in the coming weeks, or can be reviewed at

The Foundation is looking ahead to another year in which its presence in the schools and wider community continues to be a catalyst for innovation for the benefit of all.

The Croton-Harmon Foundation has been in existence for over six years. Through the generous support of the Croton community, it provides funds for a variety of initiatives, many of which give students unique educational experiences that go beyond the scope of traditional classroom learning. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at


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