printed 11/16/2018


On behalf of the Worcester County Education Foundation Board of Directors, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Leighton and Rebecca Moore, this year’s honorary co-chairs (and king and queen) of the WCEF Mardi Gras Benefit for Education.

The Nov. 2 event, which netted between $60K-$65K, would not have been possible without the Moores’ generosity or without the help of Seacrets’ dynamic logistics team: Scott Studds, Rachalle Spicer, DJ, Bulldog, Jason Cruz, and the rest of the crew.

Phil Cropper and Caitlin Evans, from the Worcester Tech High School Culinary program, outdid themselves by producing an authentic five-course New Orleans Prohibition era dinner, which was served in Seacrets (beautiful) Distillery Tasting Room.

The meal was amazing! We are very grateful to Phil Cropper and Caitlin for donating their treasure, time, and talent.

We would also like to thank our major sponsors: Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Oak Contracting, Atlantic General Hospital, Worcester County Tourism, GNI Properties, Jack Burbage Foundation, Bank of Ocean City, First Shore Federal S&L, NFP Insurance, Maryland Coast Dispatch, Peggy and Dan Naleppa, Longboard Cafe, Ropewalk OC, LLC, Old Pro Golf - Judy Schoellkopf, Vantage Resort, Atlantic Physical Therapy, DBA Breakthru Beverage MD, Castle in the Sand, Brighton Hotels, LLC, Dough Roller, Faw Casson, Clarion Resort & Horizons Restaurant, Todd Burbage, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, Kim Messick, Peck Miller Group, Sheila Zimmer, and Steve Luddy.

Delicious appetizers were provided all evening by generous local restaurants including Ropewalk, Seacrets, Bull on the Beach, 32 Palm, Hammerheads, Ky West, Hooked, Longboard Café, Desserts by Rita, Brass Balls Saloon, Dead Freddie’s and Touch of Italy.

Over 280 educators were awarded tickets to attend the Mardi Gras event, through the generosity of sponsors who provided “Tickets for Teachers”, including the following Bronze donors: Shore United Bank, APPI Energy, Becker Morgan Group, Calvin B. Taylor and Gillis Gilkerson.

On behalf of those lucky educators...thank you!

For a second year in a row, the WCEF Prohibition Charity event was sold out. This was made possible through the generous help of our promotion partners: OC Today, Maryland Coast Dispatch, and D3Corp Printing.

We are grateful for these and other businesses that continue to support great education in our schools each year.

Our Chinese auction baskets, which were collected by our Teacher Champions in each of our 14 county schools, were filled with fabulous merchandise and gift cards from generous businesses from all parts of Worcester County. Many guests walked out the door with baskets worth over $600!

Our Live auction trips and Artrageous Portraits were a huge hit and we sincerely thank our donors which include Onancock, Virginia’s Charlotte Hotel, Joe and Di Hill, Nashville’s Combustion Music, the Princess Royale, Sunset Grille, the Town of Ocean City, Cape Charles Resort, Canvas Charleston, AtoZ B&B, Edmund’s Oast of Charleston and Ocean City Center for the Arts.

We would especially like to thank our anonymous matching donors and all the good sports, who made generous donations, at the urging of Kim Messick and Doug Marshall.

Last but not least, the WCEF would like to acknowledge all the long hours and hard work that the events’ committee put into creating another sold-out event.

The dynamo committee of Susan Trimble, Dawn Peterson, Sue Carpenter, Danelle Amos, Adrienne Naleppa, Deb Travers and Hope Palmer did a great job of capturing the community’s attention and introducing the great work the Worcester County Education Foundation is doing for teachers, students, and the future of Worcester County.

The WCEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting teachers by providing annual grants (allowing instructors to purchase innovative teaching tools that enhance learning), supporting students by providing necessary digital tools (helping to provide a laptop for every high school student) so every child has an equal opportunity to succeed, by assisting with the digital upgrades of our 14 schools, and by establishing an endowment that will create a perpetual funding mechanism for the future needs of our schools.

Learn how to get involved by visiting www.wced.foundation or contact Hope Palmer at HRPalmer@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.

It truly takes a village to raise a child. The village came out to support great education on Friday, Nov. 2 and we are truly grateful.

Patti Miller

Worcester County Education Foundation

2018 Events Chair

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