MADISON, NJ - The Madison community showed its support for the Madison Education Foundation (MEF) on Friday, Nov. 14 during the Foundation’s fifth annual Adult Gala.

The Glynallyn Ballroom at The Madison Hotel was filled with guests who helped raise funds to further the mission of MEF. The Foundation awards grants to K-12 teachers in Madison public schools for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students.

“MEF is currently reviewing Fall grant cycle applications from teachers at all five district schools. This is a very robust grant cycle and the generosity of our supporters will help fund these dynamic teacher-initiated ideas,” said MEF President Mary Schaenen.

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Numerous volunteers were involved in the planning and execution of the evening, led by Gala co-chair and MEF Trustee Phyllis Watson, and co-chair Jennifer Groller. Many of Madison’s teachers and administrators attended the gala as well, including Dr. Michael Rossi, Superintendent of Madison District Schools.

“MEF represents the deep and progressive commitment to our children’s future that our community values," Rossi said. "This can be seen throughout the school system, at all levels and in all classrooms. The MEF Gala is an event that accomplishes three main objectives, as I see them. First, the Gala is designed to raise money toward the critical mission of the MEF. Second, the event, in a sense, showcases the splendor of the borough, from the location to the prizes available. Finally and certainly worth mentioning, it’s a lot of fun.”

One of the silent auction items that drew quite a bit of attention upon entry to the adult social was from Aston Martin Summit/Short Hills, who donated an Aston Martin luxury sports car for a weekend.

“Corporate sponsors like Aston Martin really help boost the profits of our event.  We are very grateful for their support,” Watson said.

Additionally, this year MEF worked with a Silent Auction consignment company to offer some once in a lifetime experience packages, including a trip to Napa Valley as well as the Kennedy Space Center. Both items successfully received bids. 

For more information about MEF and to learn about grants at all five schools, visit

MEF’s next event will be the 12th annual Madison 5K Run/Walk/Kids’ Fun Runs on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Madison Education Foundation

The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to K-12 teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students but are above and beyond the school budget. Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than $835,000 in grants.  MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1093 Madison NJ  07940 or submitted online. Visit or e-mail for more information.