The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) kicked off its seventh year at its annual meeting in late September. CHEF’s mission is to build a partnership between the schools and the community by raising and administering funds in support of innovation and excellence in the Croton-Harmon School District. Through the generous support of the Croton community, CHEF provides funds for a variety of initiatives, many of which give students unique educational experiences that go beyond the scope of traditional classroom learning. 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.
The officers for the coming year were elected at the meeting with Sabina Barach continuing as President, Lisa Penberthy continuing as Vice President, Melissa London Glickman as Secretary and Beth Wallance, a new member, as Treasurer. CHEF also welcomed four new members to its Board and said a goodbye to long-standing members Steve Bluestone and past Vice-President Ziporah Janowski. The new Board members are Erik Aldeborgh, Teri Lukin, Gem Mitchell, and Colleen Kirk Roeschel. They join continuing Board members: Priscilla Bellows, Mary O’Neill Berry, Ann Gallelli, Mitch Klein, Bianca Mancinelli, Liza Parker Migliorelli, Quinn Moss, Ron Rentel, Debra Polansky Schor, and Kathleen Dunleavy Soares.
CHEF’s biggest fund-raiser, the annual Croton Under the Stars Food Festival in June, has become a fixture in Croton’s calendar of annual events. Last year’s event broke previous records for fundraising and plans are already under way for another great night in June 2007. Last year’s first Dine-A-Round event was such a success that it is being reprised in early 2007. You will soon be hearing more about both these events. Additionally, CHEF plans to hold some new events during this year to allow more people in the community to learn about and participate in CHEF’s mission.
The funds raised by CHEF are given back to the schools through grant allocations. These allocations occur twice yearly and are based on applications that are filled out by teachers, staff or parents with program ideas. CHEF is actively seeking new grant applications for the 2006-2007 school year. Information about programs that have been supported or initiated through CHEF grants, as well as more about submitting a grant application, can be found at www.crotonfoundation.org.
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. For additional information, please contact Debra Schor at 914-827-3672 or Ann Gallelli at 914-271-5301.