A Night at the Races – WEF Derby Fundraiser

 

 

shutterstock_26664436-bought shutterstock_56750293-with-logoshutterstock_6071032-bought  The Kentucky Derby is coming to Westport! Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Whites of Westport  for the second annual fun evening of simulated horse racing, a hat contest, mint juleps, art exhibit & auction!

All proceeds from the event will fund the WEF’s programs for academic enrichment next year.

A Night at the Races includes ten simulated horse races, shown on DVD. You can choose to have your own horse in a race, bet on other horses or even sponsor an entire race. Chip in for a horse with friends, or specify whose horses you would like to race against for more friendly and fun competition.

 derby-hatLadies – the hats at the Kentucky Derby are nearly as important as the horse racing itself. Get your hats ready for our Hat Contest.  Judges will vote on the best, most elaborate hat of the evening, so start shopping or design and craft a hat yourself!

How can I support this event? (download an order form to get started – see link below)

Purchase tickets to attend: Tickets are $25 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a fun evening. Tickets will be available for purchase starting March 15th at the service desk at Lees Market as well as in the liquor department.  You can also get tickets starting April 5th at the Partners Village Store. Special thanks to our friends at Lees and Partners – we appreciate it!

Buy a horse: For $50, you can have a horse in a race! Chip in with co-workers, fellow coaches, friends, or race solo. You do not need to attend the event to buy a horse. Name your horse and be clever about its description! Limited horses are available, so buy yours before they are gone.

Sponsor a race: Race sponsorships are $250. Hurry only a limited number of Races are available!  Thank you J F Moran Company, Screencraft Tileworks, The Providence Journal, Tim’s Lawn Care, Even Keel Realty, Westport Point Neighborhood Assoc. & Ustinov Jewelers, our official Race sponsors for 2014!

Advertise in the race program: For $75 – $150 you can advertise in the race program for the event.  Thank you Mid City Steel & Tim’s Lawn Care  :)

Banner Ad Sponsors:  Thank you to our friends at Bay Coast Bank & Partners Village Store, our banner sponsors!

Local Business Sponsors: Thank you to our local friends at:  Jen Lima Photography, Frymark Designs, Mid City Steel, Westport Happenings, Back Eddy, En L’air School of Dance, Beautiful Things, Courtyards Ltd, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Osprey Kayak Center, RISD Museum, Cardi’s Furniture, Studio 25, Pawlissa, Davis & Tripp inc, Cummings Realty, Westport Police Assoc, Westport Happenings, Mirasol’s Café & Buzzards Bay Brewery!

Special Thanks to LaFrance Hospitality!!

Sponsor the hat contest: $250 SOLD – We are proud to honor the WHS Art Students at the annoymous sponsor’s request.

shutterstock_123787459Art at the Derby: We are proud to feature the first showing of our very own Westport High School Student photography exhibit.  The students are participating in a juried show that is entitled, “My Westport”.   During the Night at the Races event, you will have the opportunity to buy one of the photographs for a minimum donation of $50 with all proceeds to benefit the Lydia Poole Barker Fund for Arts at the WHS.  We have also received a generous donation of fine artworks from local Westport Artists and will hold a small fine art auction during intermission.  Our Get your tickets now – don’t miss it!

DOWNLOAD Order form: derby-order-form-2014-email

Number of WHS students taking an AP exam has grown 175%

AP test growth 2013Since its inception in 2010, the Westport Education Foundation funded training to enable Westport High School to double its Advanced Placement curriculum by adding Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology. WEF funded an additional $8,000 this summer for additional training on existing programs and to help the Middle School add Pre-AP Calculus and English. The results are clear: 175% increase in the number of Westport High School students taking an AP exam since 2010.

AP Matching Grant Challenge is COMPLETED!

matchinggrantsR. Michael and Martha Sullivan will match the $5,000 we received to support Westport’s Advanced Placement programs. Read more! http://www.eastbayri.com/news/grant-sought-to-boost-westport-highs-ap-offerings/

Walk For Westport – Sunday, September 29, 2013

The sun was shining and the walkers were smiling at the third annual walk on September 29, 2013 in beautiful Westport Harbor. This 3.5 mile walking route began at the corner of Howland Rd and ends at Elephant Rock Beach Club located on Atlantic Ave. A Family Fun Event followed the walk including:  children’s games, magician, face painting,  Al Deston Music & children’s crafts, $1 refreshments and a drawing with fabulous prizes! Join us next year! www.walkforwestport.org

Over $20,000 in new grants for 2013-2014!

Portrait of a group of business people laughing against white baNew programs include Pre-AP Math and English at WMS and a reading mentor program for WES/WMS students. We also renewed funding for the 1st grade literacy club, 4th and 7th grade math teams, Destination Imagination (9 teams!), 5/6th grade book club, 7/8th grade writer’s guild, middle school science fair, middle school art club sculpture materials, and SAT preparation courses. Lastly, we helped to send two high school teachers for their second year of AP training for biology and calculus.

Westport success at Destination Imagination tournament

041Westport Elementary School 4th grade girls won FIRST place in the regional Destination Imagination tournament and will advance to the state competition. Congratulations to all seven Westport teams that successfully competed!

Next WEF Board Meeting

Our Board meetings are open to the public. Our next meeting date is Monday, March 10th, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Westport Elementary School Media Center. All are welcome, and we will invite input from the audience at the end of the meeting.

Imagine…

  • A group of twelve-year old students working on a creative problem-solving project to compete in the international Odyssey of the Mind program
  • High school students learning from a cutting edge marine sciences program in partnership with MIT
  • Second graders building a monarch butterfly garden/habitat to increase their understanding of life cycles and to create a resource for the community
  • First graders engaged in an incubator project that exposes students to science enrichment activities including hatching, observing and journaling

These are among the many projects being funded by education foundations across Massachusetts. Please help us to bring programs like these to Westport.