Jay, who has lived in the Waukesha area for over 20 years, is an active volunteer who has served on numerous local boards and committees. He's married to Colleen with three kids having gone through the Waukesha schools. He is the VP of a local distribution company.
The Waukesha Education Foundation (WEF) is staging its' 3rd "Celebration of Excellence" (COE) on November 4'th, 2007. Over 300 students volunteers, over 500 attendees, more than 30 student displays in the "Hall of Excellence", and over 200 businesses contributing/donating goods, money, and services will come together in an incredible demonstration of support for education within the Waukesha School Community.
The WEF's primary focus is to raise money to increase educational opportunities within our schools. Monies raised go to grants, endowments, and scholarships. The "Celebration" is the WEF Signature Event, and it has raised almost $80,000 in it's first 2 years.
As Board Chair of the WEF as well as Co-Chairing this event with my wife, Colleen, and Betsy Crossewaite, I am once again reminded of the potential for business community support for Waukesha education. Assuredly, there are a host of much appreciated personal contributors including parents, teachers, administrators, seniors, and the public at large. But this years' business response has been particularly gratifying!
Our Signature Sponsors include Waukesha State Bank; ProHealth Care; Lee John's Catering; and the Waukesha Freeman. Platinum Sponsors include Wauwatosa Savings Bank, Marine Bank, Automatic Entrances of Wisconsin, Stanley Proto Tools, and more.
Not to be overlooked are the dozens - no, hundreds of businesses who bring the finest in products and services to this event for auction and raffle.Third year returning contributors include: Wine Maniacs with a magnum of Dogajolo hand-selected in Tuscany by Debbie Bertrand; Penzeys Spices provide spices with a flair; Harry Nick & Friends gives unique hair styling; Eddie Martini's for the finest in dining; the Bucks, Brewers, Wave, and Admirals; Mr. Bob Lang with golf at Erin Hills; Country Springs Hotel with an overnight stay and waterpark fun; Mark Rossetti and Bravo! Cucina Italiana for the highest quality Italian dining; Todd at Flanners Home Entertainment; Sunset Bowl, Salto and their birthday bashes; and many more unnamed, respected supporters. They are joined by a legion of others - AND...THIS JUST IN!!...
Little Caesers Pizza on Summitt just donated 75 (!) pizzas to the Event for our student volunteers!! "Healthy food for a healthy education..."
And speaking of education..."THANK YOU TO THE WAUKESHA DISTRICT TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND OTHER DISTRICT PERSONNEL! YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT HAVE HELPED BRING THE ESSENCE OF THE WAUKESHA EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO THE FOREFRONT."
The "Celebration of Excellence" is a model of cooperation between stakeholders in our Community - Parents, Students, the District, Volunteers, residents, and businesses.