Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams MidTown Direct is once again a proud Cum Laude sponsor of the 2018 Columbia High School Scholarship Fund Annual Cocktail Party. The Red & Black Party, a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and live piano music, is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:30pm at The Maplewood Club in Maplewood, NJ.
At the cocktail party, which is right around the corner, donors and scholarship recipients mingle and enjoy a relaxing evening out. Guest speakers include former scholarship recipients who speak about their achievements and the president of CHSSF who provides an update on the fund. The purpose of the Red & Black party is simple – to raise funds for scholarships. The event sponsors pay for the event which allows 100% of ticket sales to go to scholarships. This past year approximately $158,000 was awarded to 114 graduating seniors who attended more than 45 different colleges. And over the last 10 years, close to 1000 scholarships totaling more than $1 million have been awarded.
The Columbia High School Scholarship fund, governed by an independent board of community volunteers, was established in 1923 by Ida Grace Alexander, a teacher, and her family. It offers need-based financial assistance to graduates of Columbia High School for any post-secondary education, including trade/technical colleges and graduate school. I spoke with Madeline Tugentman, President of CHSSF, and Linda Thibodeau who is on the Development Committee about the upcoming event. Linda said, “It is amazing how valuable this is to the kids. Many are first generation students attending college. It is really motivating!” Madeline added, “The parents are so appreciative, and the students are so appreciative. And the donors are so touched by everything.” Madeline said the scholarship fund is a true testimony to community helping community. When the community and the scholarship alumni give back, it strengthens the Columbia High School community as well as the South Orange/Maplewood community.
Madeline told me about Carl Adrien, a scholarship recipient from years ago. Carl now sits on the board of trustees, and each year his family donates enough money to send a child to college. Many scholarship recipients express the desire to give back to their community, and Carl is a shining example of someone who believes in the scholarship fund and his community.
CHSSF holds two major fundraisers during the year: the Stay At Home fundraiser in January where recipients of a mailing are invited to stay home and enjoy a cup of tea using an enclosed tea bag while they donate, and the Annual Cocktail Reception in September.
It’s not too late to donate. Just go to the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund website to make your donation. Donations using Paypal, debit cards or major credit cards are accepted. You can also join the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund mailing list to keep abreast of all future events.