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CHEF Grant Powers New Stagelights in CET Multi-purpose Room

May 4, 2007

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) recently awarded Carol Loatman, retiring Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School music teacher, a grant for over $5,000 to support theatrical lighting equipment for the CET Multi-Purpose room.

Now that the lighting is in place, Loatman said, “This whole project has been a “dream come true” for me, for all the other pieces of the mosaic of music and art and drama already in place here at CET.” She continued by saying, “Lighting (this magic of color and mood, darkness and light that “tells” the audience what to see) was the only piece missing.”

The awarded grant amount was for the actual equipment, and Croton community volunteers came together to facilitate the grant. CET parent and theatrical lighting professional Sal Restuccia designed the lighting plan and ordered and installed the lighting package with the help of head custodian Greg Cicero, community volunteers Gene Huelsman and Eileen Davis, and local high school seniors David Cohen and Elizabeth Zevin.

Conte Electric, Inc. generously provided basic electrical supplies and performed the installation of the necessary electrical work to support the new theatrical lights.Greg Cicero also donated a weekend day to be present at school while Conte worked.

Theatrical designer and CET parent, Greg Cohen, has volunteered to help with the focus and operational training of the equipment.

The funding for this grant was also supported by an additional $1,073 from sales of CET concert CD’s and a donation from Ken Davies, community parent. CET parent volunteer Leslie Asch acted as project liaison and coordinator.

Sabina Barach, President of CHEF, said: “The CET Multi-Purpose room lighting project has become a wonderful partnership of a local community business, parent volunteers, school personnel, and parents who are theatrical professionals. We cannot thank everyone enough”.

If residents have a program idea—please share it with CHEF. Applications can be filled out by teachers, parents, or students. The next grant cycle will occur in May 2007. The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation has been in existence for over seven 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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