Dear Editor

On behalf of the Worcester County Education Foundation Board of Directors, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the Honorary Co-Chairs of our inaugural Evening at the Cotton Club event, Leighton and Rebecca Moore. Our SOLD OUT Cotton Club event on November 3, which netted between $60K-$65K, would not have been possible without the Moore’s 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, Caitlin Evans, and the Worcester Tech High School Culinary students outdid themselves by producing an authentic five-course Prohibition era dinner, which was served in Seacrets beautiful Distillery. 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: PRMC, Gillis Gilkerson, APPI Energy, Phil Cropper & Keith Hall, Jack Burbage Foundation, Anderson Generations Family Fund, Bank of Ocean City, AGH Board of Directors, AGH Foundation, First Shore Federal S&L, IMG, Carousel Group, Ropewalk OC, LLC, Old Pro Golf – Judy Schoellkopf, PRMC Foundation, Shenanigans, Park Place Jewelers, DBA Breakthru Beverage MD, Castle in the Sand, Brighton Hotels, LLC, Tim & Jamie Frank, Maryland Coast Dispatch, Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, Rick and Caroline Bloxom, Oak Contracting, Kim Messick, Peck Miller Group, Sheila Zimmer, and Steve Luddy.

Delicious “Lite Bites” were provided all evening by generous local restaurants including Ropewalk, Seacrets, Bull on the Beach, 32 Palm, Sunset Grille, Ky West, Crack of Dawn, Longboard Café, Hooked, Desserts by Rita, Brass Balls Saloon, Cupcakes by Frosted, Wockenfuss Candies, and Big Fish.

Over 500 educators were able to attend either the Cotton Club event or the LAUNCH free of charge because of our generous $500 Bronze donors who purchased Tickets for Teachers. Bronze donors include Becker Morgan Group, Harrison House of Snow Hill Senior Living, Calvin B. Taylor, Reel Inn, Nationwide, Dough Roller, Pit n Pub, The Green Turtle, Calvin B. Taylor, Dr. Farouk and Mrs. Shirley Sultani, Jolly Rogers, Burbage Funeral Home, Dr. John Quinn, and the Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645. On behalf of those lucky educators…thank you!

Rooms for the Manhattan band were provided by the Princess Royale and their meals by Seacrets and Uber Bagels. Piano entertainment in the Cotton Club Lounge was provided by Elsworth Wheatley, flower arrangements in the Speakeasy dinner were donated by Flowers by Alison and props for the event were donated by Jack Shapiro. A successful promotion campaign would not have been possible without the generosity of OC Today, Maryland Coast Dispatch, and D3Corp Printing. We are enormously grateful.

Our grand Chinese Auction of over 40 baskets was coordinated by our fabulous Teacher Champions from each of our 14 WorcesterCounty schools. So many guests walked out the door with incredible prizes! And we would be remiss if we did not mention all the good sports, who made generous donations at the urging of Betty Boop during her Live Ask. Thank you to those generous donors and to Sandy Gillis, aka Betty Boop, our comical MC!

Last but not least, the WCEF would like to acknowledge all the long hours and hard work that the events’ committee put into creating an incredible SOLD OUT inaugural event. The dynamo committee of Susan Trimble, Dawn Peterson, Sue Carpenter, Danelle Amos, and Patti Miller 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 WorcesterCounty.

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 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 future needs of our schools. Learn how to get involved at 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 education on Friday, November 3, and we are truly grateful.


Patti Miller
WCEF Events Chair


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