WEST HARTFORD — The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools (the Foundation) hosts its popular community based annual fundraiser West Hartford’s Cookin’ on Saturday, March 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street. Guests will savor delicious foods served by “Celebrity” chefs, enjoy drinks, bid on live and silent auction items as well as have the opportunity to “Raise the Paddle for the Foundation!”
Celebrity chefs include school principals, town councilors and board of education members. Special guest chefs will be Chris Conway, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce executive director, John Lyons “weatherman” of Neighbors and Friends in West Hartford Facebook group and Kid Governor, Myra Stanfield, Norfeldt student. WFSB’s Dennis House and Kara Sundlun will lead the evening’s activities said a release from the town.
Event chairs Deena Samberg-Shefsky and Jerel Rocktaschel shared, “we are thrilled to be honoring Tracey Wilson, West Hartford’s town historian and retired history teacher, Elizabeth Devine, retired history teacher and Denise deMello, retired Library Media Specialist as we celebrate West Hartford’s History.” Inspired by Dennis Culliton, an eighth-grade teacher in Guilford, Tracey, Liz and Denise researched slavery in Connecticut which included both the enslavement of Africans and of Native Americans. The Witness Stones Project was created to bear witness to this past by installing markers for individual enslaved persons. Through a grant from the Foundation, the Project is working with West Hartford Public Middle School students to research the history of enslaved individuals, reconstruct the memory of those persons and install commemorative Witness Stones. “West Hartford’s Cookin’ provides a wonderful way to support West Hartford’s public schools and uphold the tradition of offering all of West Hartford’s students’ these and many more enrichment opportunities.”
President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Carol Lorenzo, added, “We are extremely grateful to be in a district where the community, through the Foundation, is willing to provide additional financial support for unique educational programs in our classrooms. This support is one of the many reasons West Hartford Public Schools continue to achieve excellence. We want to thank all our supporters including our Explorer & Discoverer sponsors: Frank Webb Home, Duncaster Retirement Community, the Goldbeck Family, Hoffman Auto Group, J. P. Carroll Construction, Inc., Lexham West Hartford LLC, O’Meara Real Estate Group, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, West Hartford Education Association.”
For the past 22 years, the Foundation has funded projects, programs and initiatives that enhance the educational experience of students in West Hartford Public Schools. Since its founding, this independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization has invested more than $1.7 million in classrooms in the form of teacher grants from preschool through high school including post-secondary programs.
Tickets can be purchased on-line by visiting www.fwhps.org, $60 for patron tickets and $125 for benefactor tickets. For more information about West Hartford’s Cookin’, please visit www.fwhps.org or call (860) 561-8755.