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Mini-Golf Fundraiser a Success!

Our press release was printed in the Milford Mirror on October 31th. If you missed it, here it is along with pictures from the event…

Milford Education Foundation Mini Golf Classic

From left to right: Co-Vice President and event coordinator Jorge Santiago, President James Maroney, Co-Vice President Augie Harrigan and his son.

Milford, CT—October 21, 2013—The Milford Education Foundation held its First Annual Mini-Golf Classic at The Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton on Saturday, October 19th. The sold-out event was attended by 150 golfers, over 20 volunteers and many spectators.

“We are so pleased with the turnout at our first fundraiser. The Milford Education Foundation began work just this summer and we are amazed at the support we are receiving from our community. We are going to be able to bring some fantastic educational events to Milford,” said James Maroney, President of the Foundation, “We’re looking forward to next year’s tournament!”

The winner of the 18-and-over tournament was Helen Williams who received a venerated tie-dyed jacket, a gold putter and a $25 gift certificate to SBC restaurant.

Many families came to enjoy the tournament or just play for fun. At right, Dr. Jennifer Ju shows off the tie-dyed jacket and gold club the winners received.

Many families came to enjoy the tournament or just play for fun. At right, Dr. Jennifer Ju shows off the tie-dyed jacket and gold club the winners received.

“We want to thank everyone who participated,” commented Jorge Santiago, Milford Education Foundation Co-Vice President and event coordinator, “Our volunteers, golfers and sponsors were all very supportive of MEF and had a wonderful time at the event. The attendance and money raised far exceeded our expectations.” Santiago also thanked the many local businesses who donated prizes and raffle items.


The funds raised from this event will help support activities such as the recently announced teacher mini-grants. The Milford Education Foundation will also be bringing the CT Invention Convention to Milford with winners of the local fairs attending the renowned event in Storrs in the spring. Minds In Motion, a half-day student enrichment program, featuring hands-on, interactive, fast-paced, high-interest workshops will be held on March 15, 2014 at Jonathan Law High School.

Major sponsors of the Milford Education Foundation Mini-Golf Classic were The Milford Bank, Hubbell Incorporated, and Mathnasium of Milford.


A family poses with the Milford Education Foundation mascot, Eddie, at the event. At right, Jennifer Elzin Garay won one of the four gift baskets raffled off at the Mini Golf Classic. Jen also volunteered for the day and help man the registration table.


Desperate for a win over Foundation President James Maroney, Brian Smith first tried to bribe one of the Milford Education Foundation Mini Golf Classic volunteer score keepers and then attempted some distractions. (James still won.)


The day was a success not only because we exceeded our fundraising goals, but also because the families and volunteers had a wonderful time and made many memories. We can’t wait until next year!



Busy first few months for Milford Education Foundation

Did you catch the article about the Milford Education Foundation in last weeks Milford Mirror? If not, here is the press release that was sent out:

The newly established Milford Education Foundation (MEF) had a busy summer. A twenty member Board of Directors was installed in early July, and this all-volunteer organization went right to work planning  community-centered activities. On July 17th, the group hosted a Family Take it Apart Night. More than twenty-five curious minds brought an array of electronic devices to the Margaret Egan Center and investigated their inner workings. Electrical engineer John Bassett  guided participants (youngsters from grades K-3)  through the mysterious mechanisms of  their gadgets. On July 31st at the Milford Public Library, the group held its first book club gathering for 5th-8th graders to talk about the book The Scorpio Races. Everyone who attended enjoyed the lively discussion.

In early August dozens of new faces interested in finding out about the organization attended Milford Education Foundation’s Meet and Greet event at Bridge House restaurant in Devon.   Attendees heard from founding members, Augie Harrigan and Dr. Jennifer Ju , about MEF’s inception, accomplishments and goals. Near the end of the month, MEF, Milford Recreation Department and Milford Prevention Council presented the first free Outdoor Movie Night under the Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library. On a beautiful late summer evening, approximately 150 people watched the animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon. The event started with a live video interview with Bill Tessier, one of the film’s animators, and questions were fielded by MEF President James Maroney. The group also unveiled its unofficial new mascot—a giant zebra.

The mascot will be proudly featured at the group’s upcoming Mini-Golf Classic on Saturday, October 19th at the Sports Center of CT in Shelton. Other planned activities this Fall include: an Outdoor Movie Night featuring Barnyard on October 4th;  and a speaker meeting on Innovations in Education at Bridge House on Wednesday, October 9th. Those attending the movie night are reminded that MEF will collect items for Jonathan Law alumni Craig Zentkovich and his troops stationed in Afghanistan. The speaker meeting will feature Jake Mendelssohn, current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, who will present comparisons of the US and Chinese education systems and highlight how the inventing process, promoted by the CT Invention Convention program, can enhance school curricula and student achievement. All of these events reflect Milford Education Foundation’s mission:  to promote excellence, innovation and creativity in education for our children and community.