GFFE Bee Ball Tournament a Success
The Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) hosted its annual Bee Ball Tournament on March 4 at Baldwin Middle School. From rookies and “for fun” players to travel teammates, 195 Guilford students from grades 3 to 7 formed 53 teams in this 3v3 friendly basketball competition.
Funds raised from this event will be used to fund future student and educator grants in Guilford. “Bee Ball is a great partnership of families, sportsmanship, Guilford Basketball League, and GFFE, designed to be fun and raise funds that directly enable teachers to do more for our kids. It is a day full of positive energy and stellar outcomes,” says Nicole Schlagheck, GFFE Board Chairperson. “A huge thank you to the community for coming out to support Guilford youth and to Jeffrey Hahn for organizing the competition and keeping it fun.”
Known for recognizing teachers semi-annually through the GFFE Star Awards, the organization has found a way to get students more involved in honoring educators. Each winning team was given an opportunity to dedicate their win to an educator from their school. Honored Guilford educators were Phillip Ross, Natalie Hammond, Jonathon Reinecki, Steve Zajac, Derek DeLucia, Meghan Wiese, and Rich Bello. Patricia McLaughlin was honored with two awards.
Thanks to registrations, concessions, and event sponsors such as Buzzworthy Sponsors Milano Development and Alicia Mahon of William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty, the GFFE Bee Ball Tournament raised more than $7,000, doubling last year’s funds.
Guilford Fund For Education (GFFE) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that exists to give educators of Guilford youth an avenue to explore, experiment, and bring fresh ideas for educational experiences to life through the funding of proposals that fall outside of the Board of Education or an educational organization’s budget. If you would like to make a donation, volunteer, or know a teacher who would like to submit a proposal, visit GFFE.org.