It was an enchanting and memorable evening for everyone who attended the Port Washington Education Foundation (PWEF) Gala at the Harbor Links Golf Course Clubhouse. The event brought many people together from within and outside of Port Washington to raise project funds and awareness of the work of the PWEF. This year's gala had special significance, as the PWEF celebrated its fifth anniversary and honored Amy G. Bass, president emerita, with a tribute to her leadership and vision.
Amy Bass founded the PWEF and was the driving force behind the initiatives and programs that enabled the organization to grow and flourish. According to Amy Bass, "The PWEF Gala was truly a wonderful night and will be a source of happiness and pride to me and the entire PWEF board for years to come." As a long-time resident, Amy Bass is a deeply committed volunteer to "her" Port Washington and a former president of the board of education.
Proceeds from this fundraising event are already earmarked for projects that will have direct impact on students at every grade level throughout the district. The grants funded by the PWEF range from elementary school to high school, including preschool and after-school programs. Five major PWEF projects were featured at the gala, and the PWEF continues to accept sponsorships in whole or in part for any of them. These important projects include F.I.R.S.T. robotics, SMART Boards, the Blues at Weber Middle School, language arts and performance workshops and the PWEF Support Center. Details are on the PWEF website at www.pwef.org.
While many can share in the success of this event, kudos go especially to the Gala Committee, co-chaired by Ellen Ginsberg and Karen Seltzer, who produced an elegant and enjoyable affair with the help of Karen Reichenbach,fundraising VP. The co-chairs were supported by an illustrious Honorary Committee co-chaired by Dot and Ed Slade and Kay and Leo Ullman, working with vice chairs Jean-Marie and Steven Posner. The Journal co-chairs, Cathy Seldin and Karen Sloan, assisted by PWEF graphic designer, Amy Levinson, created a beautiful journal commemorating the event and paying tribute to the many dedicated volunteers in this community. Local video-grapher Neil Lazar produced two videos celebrating Amy Bass and the PWEF. Owen Costello receives high honors for being the PWEF photographer; more than 1,400 images were produced of this event thanks to Owen. Current PWEF President Laura Mogul said, "This was truly a collaborative event, drawing on the many talents of our wonderfully creative gala committees and board members. We are also honored by the response from our community -- our Honorary Committee and guest list comprised a virtual Who's Who in Port. We look forward to many more years of service to the children of Port Washington."
For further information about the PWEF, please visit the website, www.pwef.org.