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Chelsea Education Foundation gala raises funds for Chelsea School District (with slideshow)

Photo by Mark Bogarin. Lynn Fox speaks to the crowd at the recent Chelsea Education Foundation gala.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre of D&B Strategic Marketing for the information in this story and Mark Bogarin for the photos.)

On Monday, March 18, 2019, approximately 150 donors and supporters of the Chelsea Education Foundation (CEF) gathered for the annual Fundraising Gala.

The elegant event took place at The Common Grill located in Chelsea, Michigan. Proceeds are used for educational programs and initiatives which are beyond the resources of the Chelsea School District.

The fundraising gala featured live performances by the Chelsea High School Symphony Orchestra and Company C, a live auction emceed by Gary Mach, and a sit-down dinner created by award-winning Chef Craig Common.

The event was coordinated by CEF volunteers and board members.

Board President Lynn Fox opened the evening with an invocation and thanked the many supporters and sponsors of the gala. She said, “Right now, we partially fund 29 school programs through grants.  Our goal is to one day fully fund all of these programs, and that is why we are here tonight.”

The Chelsea Education Foundation’s annual Fundraising Gala raised more than $44,000 for the 2019/2020 grant programs. Sponsorships for the night were provided by 22 businesses and individuals including Chelsea Community Foundation, Edward Jones, Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, Clark Construction Company, Stephen Zoran, Susan Whitelaw and Larry Ledebur, and Thompson’s Pizza.

“This is our 29th year serving the Chelsea community. What I was most moved by was the stories our supporters, donors, award recipients, and scholars told me throughout the night,” said Fox.

“Seeing the impact of our grants and scholarships and the quality of educational experiences provided,” she said.

Chelsea Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3.  Organized in 1990, the mission of CEF is to enhance the Chelsea School District’s educational experiences by financing projects beyond the resources of the district and by providing scholarships to district graduates.  Since its inception over 44,000 students have received benefits from the foundation, 500 grant programs have been funded ranging from art installations to robotics programs, and over 800 scholarships have been awarded to students with outstanding achievement.

To learn more about Chelsea Education Foundation, visit or email the Board President Lynn Fox, at [email protected].

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