The 2018 “A Toast to Education,” the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation’s (FFHEF) annual fundraiser, topped the previous year’s revenues by nearly $7,000.
Held November 2 at Farmington Hills Manor, the sixth annual gala drew more than 500 guests and featured a modern big band jazz, food tastings from local restaurants, raffle items from local businesses and wine and beer tastings. More than $46,000 raised will support innovation grants for scholastic achievement, extracurricular enrichment, the arts, and technology integration, in Farmington Public Schools.
Local business owners, parents, residents, Foundation trustees and school administrators served as guest pourers and servers. The event was sponsored by Busch’s Fresh Food Markets, McCarthy & Smith, Inc., LOC Federal Credit Union, State Representative Christine Greig, Plante & Moran CRESA, L-5 Transportation, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Blackboard, Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club, Wright Beamer, TMP Architecture, and Nova Environmental.
Many local, regional, and national businesses, and a large number of school groups donated raffle items.
“Every prize showed the generosity of our community, our schools’ PTAs and PTSAs, and the dedication of our FFHEF trustees… this was truly a team effort,” said Aimee Ergas, who co-led the raffle team with Sarina Mosher.
Celebrity spinners included media personalities Chris Edwards, Dave Rexroth and Roger Weber, and State Representative Christine Greig.
Since it began distributing grants in 2013, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $295,000 in grants for 282 projects that have touched every school, in the form of technology, extracurricular enrichment, the arts, and scholastic achievement.
The FFHEF has also received a $108,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund that will go towards a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) on-going and new projects.
- Tech Girls trains a new group of young women to be STEM leaders and teachers to reach a new group of eighth grade girls with the goal of increasing the number of girls that take STEM classes in high school.
- Project Lead the Way (PLTW) allows both existing teachers as well as new teachers to be trained and certified. The very successful First Robotics program reaches a combination of new and returning students.
- The Summer Transition Math Program is the only program in the district that supports math learning over the summer for our students that need it the most. While the concept is on-going each year a different cohort of learners is reached.