East Greenwich Education Foundation Raises More Than $27,000 at Annual Fundraiser
August 21 (EAST GREENWICH) — The East Greenwich Education Foundation (EGEF) today announced that it raised a total of $27,393 at the non-profit organization’s June 15th event. The money will be allocated during the coming academic year to support projects proposed by teachers throughout the East Greenwich school district. Educators in every public school in the town are invited to submit grant proposals to take advantage of this funding.
The Dunes Club in Narragansett hosted EGEF’s “Beach Ball” for the third consecutive year. The summer event is the primary means through which EGEF raises the money used to fund its district-wide grants. Since its inception, the “Beach Ball” has generated close to $100,000 in donations for grant funding. The money comes largely from ticket sales, sponsorships, and live auctions during the event itself.
“We are thrilled to have the community support that makes events like this one possible,” said EGEF Board Member Sherri Tracey, one of the organizers of the annual fundraiser. “And once again, our generous sponsors came forward to show their support for our schools.”
The 2018 Beach Ball was sponsored by Porsche of Warwick; Belgard; Mott & Chase Sotheby’s; The Platinum Group, RE/Max; Thorpe’s Wine & Spirits; The Criminal Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy; Shaw Search Partners; Twin River Casino; Collaborative Divorce Strategies; Dermatology Professionals; New England Sign Setters; Quonset Dental; Residential Properties; and, Smile Designers of Rhode Island.
“We are all lucky to call East Greenwich home, and it’s incredibly encouraging to see so many of our neighbors come out to encourage innovation and engagement in our town’s schools,” added Valerie Tokarz, another EGEF Board Member who dedicated countless hours organizing the 2018 Beach Ball.
2018 marks EGEF’s 10th anniversary year. Since its start in 2008, the East Greenwich Education Foundation has funded more than 40 grants, touching every public school in our town and totaling more than $290,000. Earlier this summer, EGEF announced that the funded grants for the 2018/2019 school year will bring at least one brand new program or project to every public school in the district; those grants totaled $30,100 in funding.