Southington Education Foundation, Inc.
Our Mission

The Southington Education Foundation is committed to instilling a love of learning in our children through innovative and creative initiatives that expand existing educational opportunities. The Foundation will reach out to the community to help secure and inspire excellence and overall achievement in our already outstanding school system.

Upcoming Events
Jul. 29: Special Exec Board Meeting
Aug. 12: Exec Board Meeting
Aug. 19: Fan of the Foundation Meeting
Sep. 4: Board at Large Meeting
Sep. 9: Exec Board Meeting
Oct. 14: Exec Board Meeting 
Oct. 24: Fan of the Foundation
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JULY 2014


Please mark your calendar!  The Southington Education Foundation's Sixth Annual Fan of the Foundation Gala will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Aqua Turf from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. 


Please contact any Executive Board member to make sure you are on the invitation list.


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A Message from the Chairman

The first three months of my chairmanship have been packed with excitement. In case you missed the previous newsletters, here's a recap:

  • Apr. 10, $5,000 donation by Rogers' Orchards to the SEF
  • Apr. 23, Fourth Annual Spelling Bee with Joe Furey
  • May 7, Order of the Blue Knights Award
  • May 28, SEF Program for the Virtual STEM University
  • Jun. 4, Grants Reception for Teachers
  • Jun. 5, Ribbon-cutting for the SEF STEM Lab at Camp Sloper
  • Jun. 7, SEF members man the Southington Drive-In for JAWS!

Who are we?

The Southington Education Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized under Connecticut state law with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).  The Board of Directors is comprised of nine (9) community members; the Superintendent of the Southington Schools serves as an Ex-officio director with all powers and privileges as a director with the exception of voting rights. The members of the Board-at-Large agree to contribute time to further the charitable and educational purposes of the Foundation.  For more information about the SEF and what the organization has accomplished in five short years please visit the website:


What are the Directors doing?

This summer and fall the directors are actively procuring corporate sponsorships for October's Fan of the Foundation Gala. If you are aware of any businesses or individuals who might be interested in becoming a sponsor please contact our sponsorship coordinator: Bethany Pestillo (  Or drop a note to Jan Galati (  Sponsorships provide the bulk of our funding. We welcome your input.

SEF Board of Directors
L-R: Rich, Alan, Michelle, Jan, Jerry, Stephen, Kim, Anthony, Elizabeth

How are the Gala Co-Chairmen faring?

Stephen Proffitt and Michelle Le-Brun Griffin have been busy this spring doing long-term planning.  They held the first Gala committee meeting in late June and now they are actively coordinating the procurement of silent and live auction items.  If you have an item or a service you would like to provide please contact Steve ( If you plan on dropping off an item please contact Donna (860-621-6564).


Spotlight on a new volunteer

Robin Taillie is SEF's newly appointed database manager. Robin worked for many years in private educational settings where there was a need to oversee fundraising and coordinate donations. Robin has been busy personalizing the constituency relationship database for the Foundation.  The SEF Executive Board is delighted to have her volunteer services.  Thank you, Robin!


Wishing you many sunny summer days,

Jan Galati, Chairman

Southington Education Foundation