Southington Education Foundation gala is fun for a cause

Published on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:27


SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Education Foundation is celebrating its 10th Anniversary along with its biggest fundraiser of the year March 30 in the Mountain Room at Mount Southington Ski Area.

Jerry Belanger, a foundation board member, said the gala is will be a celebration of 10 years of helping to install a lifelong love of learning in students.

“We will be trying to bring back some of our founding members to be honored that night, such as former Superintendent of Schools Joe Erardi,” said Belanger.

Belanger said the Mountain Room can hold up to 200 guests. The Southington Education Foundation’s goal is to attract at least 150, a number he said would help meet fundraising goals.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we’d love to fill the room,” he said. “It will be a great night out with great food and music by the Damn Hippies, who play a lot of ’60s and ’70s music. They were at our event last year as well. I hope that everyone will come out and enjoy themselves while helping out local kids.”

Proceeds will be distributed through grants to the district’s classrooms.

In the past 10 years, the Southington Education Foundation has awarded nearly $250,000 in grants to fund local initiatives and educational opportunities.

“We give out grants twice a year for all sorts of things,” said Belanger. “In the past, we’ve given our grants to culinary programs and funded a K-to-5 family math night. which more than 400 students attended.”

Belanger said there will be a variety of raffle prizes and live and silent auctions.

“For raffles, we usually get themed baskets from each school with things like movie nights or gift cards to local businesses,” he said. “Auction items might include things like tickets to shows or sports games or the chance to be ‘principal for the day’ at a local school.”

The Spring for Education Gala will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Mountain Room of Mount Southington at 396 Mount Vernon Road, Plantsville. It will include a buffet dinner catered by Carmela Marie, a cash bar and dancing. Guests are encouraged to leave their suits at home and dress casually.

Tickets are $60 per person including a drink ticket or $50 for Southington public school teachers and staff.

For more information, including sponsorships, or to buy tickets, visit or search for the Southington Education Foundation on Facebook.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:27. Updated: Friday, 15 March 2019 20:29.