SOUTHINGTON -With local education budgets tightening as a result of state budget cuts, the Southington Education Foundation is doing its best to help out.
Residents can support the foundation by purchasing tickets, on sale now, for their “Spring for Education” gala March 24 at Mount Southington.
The gala will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Mountain Room at Mount Southington, located at 396 Mt. Vernon Road, Plantsville. The event will feature a buffet dinner catered by Tops Marketplace and live entertainment by the band “The Damn Hippies.” There will also be a cash bar, silent and live auctions, raffle and more. Visitors are encouraged to dress casual and leave their suits and gowns at home.
Gail Duffy, co-chair of the foundation, said the gala was being held earlier this year so that it would not compete with other community events.
“We have made it a more casual event and we’re focusing on using Southington vendors, like Tops Market,” she said. “We also went with a live band instead of a DJ. Either way, it has been a highly successful event and people who come have a lot of fun at it.”
Duffy said that the gala typically draws between 100 and 150 people. The Southington Education Foundation’s goal is to raise $25,000 with this year’s event.
“We’ve made about that much in past years, which we use for grants to Southington Public Schools, funding special programs for teachers, especially STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs,” said Duffy. “We have sponsored Science at Sloper and the middle school’s engineering program. We have also donated to Senior Night and Project Lead the Way.
The Southington Education Foundation also gives out two scholarships to Southington High School seniors. The application can be found on southingtoneducationfoundation.org.
Duffy encouraged people to come to the gala and to help the Southington Education Foundation support local schools.
“The Southington Education Foundation is made up of current and retired teachers and those who have a passion for improving education for Southington students,” said Duffy. “We can help our schools pay for programs that students might not have otherwise had the opportunity to be part of. In this time of lean budgets, where schools have to be very frugal, our mission is made all the more important.”
Admission is $50 per person, which includes a drink ticket. Southington Public Schools staff pay $40.
For more information about the Southington Education Foundation or to purchase tickets, call Gail Duffy at 860-621-3230 or visit southingtoneducationfoundation.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.