Family Fun Night 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 8.44.48 PMFriday, June 10 from 6-8p.m. come and enjoy our friendraiser, Family Fun Night.  Located at Camp Woodstock children will enjoy Maggie the Clown, Bounce House, and Music along with a barbeque.  Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults if purchased before June 3.  A family ticket can be puchased for $45.

Starlight Gala 2015

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The Woodstock Education Foundation


 The Fourth Annual

Starlight Gala

An Enchanted Evening of Dinner & Dancing at the

Mansion at Bald Hill Event Center

Woodstock, Connecticut

Friday, November 6, 2015    6:00-11:00pm

Silent and Live Auctions

to benefit the

Children of Woodstock

Cash Bar

Ticket Price: $85.00 each.  To order tickets, send payment to:

The Woodstock Education Foundation

    ATTN:  Starlight Gala

Post Office Box 606

Woodstock, Connecticut 06281

Or, contact Kathleen Stevenson via email at

Space is limited to 200 people. Please reserve your tickets as soon as possible

Donations in lieu of attendance are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to the address

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WEF 2014 Ornament

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ANNOUNCING…A NEW ORNAMENT!  The First Congregational Church of Woodstock


These beautiful pewter ornaments fabricated by Woodbury Pewter are available for $12.00 each.   Your purchase of a Woodstock Holiday Ornament helps support valuable enrichment programs at Woodstock Public Schools. 


This year we have the sixth issue in a series of Pewter Holiday Ornaments depicting scenes from rural Woodstock, CT. For the 2014 Ornament, we chose to represent The First Congregational Church of Woodstock, located adjacent to the town green in the center of the National Register Historic District of Woodstock Hill on Route 169.  We also have Palmer Memorial Hall (2013), Quasset School (2012), Woodstock Academy (2009), Roseland Cottage (2008), and the Woodstock Fair (2007) Ornaments for sale.


Harvester 5K

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 8.12.52 AMThe Woodstock Education Foundation held its first ever 5K Harvester Run/Walk on September 20. The race began at 8:30 AM. and was a modified steeplechase course.  The race results can be found by clicking on the link below.  The overall female winner was Renee Kulling with a time of 21:13 and overall male was Cary Bently with a time of 22:00.  A total of 38 runners came out to support the cause and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.  The Woodstock Education Foundation thanks all of the local businesses and individuals that helped make this event possible.

Harvester 5k results

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Family Fun Night 2014 June 6

Family Fun Night was a huge success this year with over 300 tickets sold!  Thank you to Camp Woodstock  operated by the Gronski family for providing a wonderful venue, and thank you to Deary Bros. Stand for donating the delicious ice cream enjoyed by all.  Maggie the Clown made a repeat visit and performed a “show” for the kids. There were scavenger hunts, lawn games, bouncy houses, a DJ and karaoke, and delicious, homemade, freshly grilled fare!  In an effort to more closely align Family Fun Night with our mission, the counselors of Camp Woodstock hosted a MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR of Camp Woodstock to educate the children on the history of Camp Woodstock, Black Pond, and the surrounding area of Woodstock.  The weather cooperated and it was wonderful to see the Woodstock community come together to support the mission of our organization!




WEF receives CT CEF Award

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The Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations (CTCEF) is extremely pleased to announce that the Woodstock Education Foundation (WEF) has been recognized for its outstanding work. The WEF is one of only two foundations in CT to receive the recognition this year. Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, CTCEF board member and Superintendent of Schools for Southington Public Schools, made the announcement today.

The Woodstock Education Foundation was selected for its creative and innovative partnerships with its local Board of Education, school administrators, and the community. The Woodstock Public Schools’ Summer Learning Initiative was cited as an example of the outstanding work supported by the WEF this past year in partnership with the Woodstock Board of Education and several Woodstock citizens. Woodstock Superintendent of Schools, Frank Baran, Program Director Renee Surprenant, and parent James Reynolds led the effort.

To acknowledge the achievement, a plaque was presented to the WEF’s vice-president, Dena O’Hara, at the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundation’s 14th annual conference on October 1, 2013, in Cromwell, CT.  WEF board members are Joseph M. Adiletta, Karen Chapuis, Cliff Davis, Wendy Durand, Debra Faist, Susan P. Fleck, Jeffrey Gordon, M.D., Wendy LeBoeuf, Norma Jean Loftus, Susan McDowell, Dena Cocozza O’Hara, Kirsten Rigney, Kathleen Stevenson, Suzanne Woodward, Michele Woz, and Barbara Wright.

CTCEF facilitates the creation, growth, and effectiveness of local education foundations in CT. Our philosophy is based on the proven principle that community engagement is a key factor in improving schools and that local education foundations can play a key role. CTCEF is the only organization that focuses on bringing the 90 Connecticut education foundations together with local school districts, caring communities, and each other.

Starlight Gala

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Over 100 supporters attended the third annual Woodstock Education Foundation’s Starlight Gala on Friday, October 24th, held at the beautiful Mansion at Bald Hill.   People enjoyed an evening of camaraderie while trying to out-bid each other on the many silent and live auction items available.  The event was a tremendous success, raising over $33,000 for the all-volunteer, non-profit Woodstock Education Foundation (WEF).  This was 30% more than last year and a new record!

The WEF awards grants to programs that further its mission:  to broaden the sphere of learning for Woodstock students by fostering partnerships that provide resources to expand the reach of the K-8 public school experience.  “This year’s Starlight Gala was stellar,” said Starlight Gala Chairperson Kirsten Rigney, “We are so grateful to all of the donors and attendees for their tremendous generosity in support of enrichment programs for Woodstock’s children.”   In 2013-14, the programs supported by the WEF touched Woodstock public school students over 3,750 times in various educational ways.  Some of last year’s WEF grants funded: the purchase of instruments for a new ukelele and guitar program, the middle school public speaking program, Odyssey of the Mind, Math Counts and visitors from the CT Historical Society.

At the Gala, the bidding started with a silent auction for over 50 donated items.  At the conclusion of the silent auction, the raucous live action began.  Both auctions had something for everyone and bidding was fast and furious as people vied for the hot items.  One of the most hotly contested items, which generated a wild bidding war, was a catered surf and turf party for 25 people, donated by Renee’s Working Girl Catering Service, LLC with DJ services contributed by Serge Saraidarian.  The lucky winners were Patrick and Erica O’Brien, of Woodstock, who said afterwards, “We look forward to the annual WEF Starlight Gala. WEF continues to amaze us with its creative fundraising. Like every other town, Woodstock’s school systems are always fighting uphill budget battles. WEF has created an additional alternate source to enrich our school systems and our children by funding different programs. The Gala is a great way to support WEF, all while enjoying a night out with other community-minded adults and winning great auction items at the same time!”

Other popular auction items included a 7-10 day stay at an apartment in Southern France, April vacation at a beach house in Maine, Principal for the Day at the Woodstock Elementary School, and Stay & Ski weekend get-aways to Jiminy Peak and Sunapee.

The Starlight Gala would not have been possible without the generous support and donations from the following local businesses and individuals:  Advantage Tennis; Artique – a paint bar; Barbara and Thomas Wright/Best Bib & Tucker; Bed & Breakfast at Taylor’s Corner; Body by Design; Brittan Goetz, LLC; Buckles in a Snap; Connecticut Science Center; Crabtree & Evelyn; Dan and Wendy Durand; David and Kathleen Stevenson; Devon Point Farm; Dina Godzik Photography; Eclipse Landscaping; Floki Hair Salon; Fred and Natalie Lynn; G. Leslie Sweetnam; Garden Gate Florist; Hart Tree & Landscaping; Jason and Michele Woz; Jay Livernois and M-P Marthe; Jessica Tuesday’s; Jim Reynolds; Laylock Cottage Design; LeBoeuf Rubbish Removal, Inc; Linemaster Switch; Macaran Printed Products; Mary Ann Haar; Metro Bistrot; Mike and Joan Warford; Minutemen Home Services, Jeff Child; Donna Lynch; Northpoint Mortgage; Northwood Childcare, LLC; Paul Nixon; Periwinkles; Price Chopper; Quest Martial Arts; Ravissante Aesthetics; Rawson Materials; Rectory School; Renee’s Working Girl Catering Service, LLC; Santa’s Village; Sarah Audrey Salon; Savage Systems/Eric Gould; Sawmill Pottery; Sean & Jennifer Dutson; Serge Saraidarian; Silver Circle Gallery; Soleil & Suns; Sprucedale Gardens; Taylor Brooke Winery; Taylor’s Corner Tree Farm; The Boston Red Sox; The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub; The Davis Family; The Mansion at Bald Hill; The Pomfret School, Inc; The Pomfret Spirit Shoppe; The Rigney Family Trust; The Strand; Tom Menard; UCONN Athletic Department; W.B. Mason; Woodstock Academy; Woodstock Acres Riding Stable, LLC; and YMCA Camp Woodstock.