Top 12 Spots For Catching A Glimpse of Our Chair-Ity Auction Chairs

Stroll around the city of Milford and you just might find yourself running into one of the Adirondack chairs that were built and designed for our Chair-ity Auction which will be taking place on Wednesday August 24th at Costa Azzurra.

You might stop in for a cup of coffee at Cafe Atlantique and find one.

Maybe you’re downtown for lunch at Rainbow Gardens and you’ll see some “Smiles”

The best way to find all of the chairs throughout the city is to follow our list below of where each chair is living for the next few weeks. Head out on a tour to the following locations:

  • Bridge House Restaurant
  • Cafe Atlantique
  • Colony Paint
  • The Crushed Grape
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Los Cabos
  • Milford Public Library
  • Rainbow Gardens
  • Robert Treat Farms
  • Scoot & Paddle
  • Walnut Beach Creamery
  • Woodruff Family YMCA

If you get a chance to see a couple of these chairs at the above locations, snap a photo of you in each chair and post them to our Facebook page. Then spread the word to all your friends and family that these chairs are up for auction at the Chair-ity Auction on Wednesday August 24th at Costa Azzurra.

Purchase your Chair-ity Auction Tickets here.

There Was Already a Rainbow, Now It’s Full of Smiles


The Adirondack chair designed and decorated by the children at Camp Happiness is quite aptly nicknamed “Smiles.” When it arrived at Rainbow Gardens, where it will be on display until the Chair-ity Auction on Wednesday, Aug. 24th, it brought a lot of smiles to the faces owners Heather and John Perfetto and their staff.

Rainbow Gardens, a downtown Milford staple since the early 1990s, was a logical place to host an Adirondack chair. People throughout the greater Milford area love the delicious food and the welcoming smiles that greet them for a quick lunch or a lingering evening dinner out on the patio.

We are so thrilled to have the team at Rainbow Gardens behind the Chair-ity Auction once again.

When you find yourself in downtown Milford, strolling along the green or racing to the bank, consider a pit stop at Rainbow Gardens to take a look at this amazing chair that the children at Camp Happiness created.

Take a seat in the chair, grab a bite to eat, then unlock your phone and purchase your tickets to the Chair-ity Auction. That’s the place to bid on this happy chair that’s put smiles on so many faces, from the kids who painted them to patrons and passers-by at Rainbow Gardens.

Top 5 Skills Participation In the Chair-ity Auction Helps to Develop

logo_chairs_montageOur Chair-ity Auction was initially designed to be a fundraiser with the added benefit of promoting the arts throughout the community. It has done that, and then some.

Over the course of the program, participating students, teachers and community leaders have shared with us that not only did the creation and design of these amazing Adirondack chairs engage their organizations in a creative endeavor, but it also had a tremendous impact on the skills that are often left behind by traditional education.

Some of the skills they cite are:

1.) Planning
2.) Construction
3.) Art
4.) Leadership
5.) Teamwork

Building and decorating these chairs has become something participating organizations look forward to, not only for the enjoyment of it and the fact that it goes to help a good cause, but also to help their students/campers/artists develop these five skills.

If you didn’t have a chance to attend the July kick-off event for the Chair-ity Auction, you missed kids beaming from ear to ear about their creations and the sense of community and teamwork that were developed throughout the process.


A New Place To Sit At Cafe Atlantique

When you’re ready for a friendly place to grab a quick cup of coffee or linger with a delicious sandwich, there’s no better place to stop then Cafe Atlantique in downtown Milford.  For the next month, there will be an extra seat to enjoy your cup of coffee.

The new seat was built by the tech ed department at Jonathon Law High School (special thanks to Mark Robinson and Joe Barcello) and painted by the campers at Camp Happiness for the Milford Education Foundation’s Chair-ity Auction.  The chair will be available to sit in after the Chair-ity Auction Kickoff Event being held at the Milford Arts Council on July 26th from 6p-9p.  When you pass by the chair you won’t be able to help but be happy as you take a peek at the rainbow painted chair.

Go ahead, take a seat.  It’s too comfortable to get up from right?  What if you could have this wonderful chair on your patio this fall and in the process support the Milford Education Foundation’s Teacher Mini-Grants?

You’re invited to the Chair-ity Auction to bid on this chair and others which are placed throughout Milford.  Join us on Wednesday, August 24th for the auction and learn more about the programs that we put on for the students of our city throughout the year.

Buy your tickets online!


Top 5 Reasons To Support Our Chair-ity Auction

Since it’s inception the Milford Education Foundation has been fostering creativity and educational curiosity among the students of the Milford community.  Each year we invite students and families of all ages to participate in a variety of events that inspire fun and explode their imaginations.

One of the ways we fund these events throughout the year is through our bi-annual event called the Chair-ity Auction.  The event, which raised $13,000 in its first year, is our biggest fundraising effort.  

So, why should you support it?  

  1. The money raised supports our teacher mini-grants which allow teachers throughout the city of Milford to apply for a grant to fund an activity/the purchase of an item that they otherwise would not be able to provide for their students.
  2. The stunning Adirondack chairs (pictured below) built and painted by area students (among MANY others.)
  3. Our wide array of silent auction items like a Dream Vacation getaway to the French Quarter in New Orleans
  4. An opportunity to meet many of the great minds who are educating the children of our community
  5. Our other wonderful events like Minds In Motion, Invention Convention, and Movie Nights

Supporting the Chair-ity Auction is a way to lend a helping hand to the students of our community while having a wonderful night out and the opportunity to bid on these beautifully appointed Adirondack chairs.

The Chair-ity Auction will be held on August 24th.  Mark your calendar and then check back here to buy your tickets very soon.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Minds In Motion Milford 2016

Minds In Motion Milford returns for its 3rd year on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Johnathan Law High School. Registration is now open and will end on Friday, February 26th.

Register Now

View Milford Program Brochure

The Milford Education Foundation is currently seeking volunteers who are willing to provide assistance on the day of the event. Please reach out to us at info@milfordedfoundation if you are interested in helping.



Minds in Motion is a very popular, half-day student enrichment program which features hands-on, interactive, high-interest workshops. Both parents and students who attended the event last year said they couldn’t wait to come back! (Minds in Motion is a signature enrichment program of the CT Association for the Gifted.)

Minds In Motion Milford

Since its start in 2014, Milford Minds In Motion has attracted nearly 400 kids, offering workshops including Shadow Puppet Circus, American Sign Language, Yoga, Song Writing Workshop, Modern Dance, Junior Vet, Acting From the Inside Out, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, 3D Architecture, Engineering a Kaleidoscope, and many more.

While the kids enjoy their classes, parents are encouraged to attend a keynote address given by prominent education leaders. Our past presenters have included:

Judy Primavera, Professor of Psychology
Fairfield University
Raising Children to be Lifelong Learners
Dr. Elizabeth Feser
Superintendent, Milford Public Schools
Bill Derry
Director of Innovation, Westport Public Library
The Power of Play, Tinkering and Making

Minds In Motion offers parent workshops, too, with past topics ranging from gifted children, Common Core and effective parenting to healthy eating and parent advocacy.

At the Vendor Hall exhibitors present classes, books, and other unique and innovative educational resources for purchase.

MIM Milford Connecticut


Milford Education FoundationMilford Education Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Milford, CT that is comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to promoting excellence, innovation and creativity in education for our children and community. We believe a community with a strong education system enhances quality of life by attracting businesses, retaining property values, and fostering community pride.

Please join MEF and make a difference for our kids in the Milford community. For more information contact us by email.

Connecticut Association of the GiftedThe Connecticut Association for the Gifted is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that supports the needs of gifted and talented children across Connecticut. In addition to sponsoring the “Minds in Motion” events, CAG provides parents, teachers, and other educators with information and resources to help in parenting and educating gifted children.

Please join CAG and make a difference in a student’s life. For more information, and to become a member online, visit, or contact us at, or 203-291-6586.


Milford Public Schools

Come out for An Evening Under the Stars! Saturday, Nov. 7th


Saturday, November 7, 2015  |  5:00 p.m.

Joseph Foran High School Planetarium

** Tickets on sale now! **

Come share an entertaining and educational evening with the Milford Education Foundation at a catered dinner with musical entertainment by Foran High School Jazz Band members and from DJ Ben Warters. There will also be activities for the kids!

Pick a showtime for one of three 45-minute planetarium shows in one of Milford’s hidden gems – the Joseph Foran Planetarium.

Tickets are available in advance for just $20 per person, and include both dinner and the show.

Buy your tickets online!

All proceeds will benefit the Milford Education Foundation.