Our amazing owner Stacey Kimmins was on hand to give back to her community at a fundraising event earlier this month in Bridgewater Raritan, NJ. The Education Foundation’s “Toast of B-R” event is one of two annual fundraisers to raise money for grants for school enrichment programs that are not funded by the district’s budget. Since its inception in 1991, the foundation has funded over $700,000 in grants to the district, and has strong support from the district administration and the Superintendent.
Kimmins has served as a trustee for the Education Foundation since 2015, as a way to get involved with community-building and fundraising activities that benefited children’s education.
“About 4 years ago, I learned about the Foundation through my daughter’s school,” she says. “As a mom of young girls and looking to be more involved in my local community, I joined the board and hopped in, developing two new fundraising events.”
In addition to Toast of B-R, the Taste of B-R fundraiser is held each fall. Together, these events are the two largest sources of revenue for grant funding support. Additionally, Roman Jewels, who host the Toast of B-R event In 2017, the Education Foundation received approval for the Robert Feder Scholarship. Named after the former chair of the foundation, this scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior in the Bridgewater Raritan district who is planning to pursue a degree in the arts.
As the foundation continues to grow, so does the need for it- this year, more educators than ever before applied for grants through the Education Foundation, according to Stacey Kimmins.
“This year we had a record number of grant applications from teachers within the district, proving not only the necessity of the grants but also the awareness of the Foundation that we credit the events for,” she said.
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