The Madison community showed its support for MEF on November 30th during its 3rd annual Adult Gala “Fall Harvest.” The event was held in the Glynallyn Ballroom of The Madison Hotel and the room was filled to capacity with guests from all five Madison public schools.

Along with a 50/50 raffle and a wine pull, the evening showcased a diverse collection of silent auction items donated by local merchants and families. Numerous volunteers were involved in the planning and execution of the evening, led by event Co-Chair and MEF Trustee, Tracy Leone, and Co-Chair, Natalie Dines, who also serves on MEF’s Grant Committee.  Madison composer and pianist Jerry Vezza provided musical entertainment.

“We were really delighted with the turnout for this event which was rescheduled from its original date of November 2nd due to Hurricane Sandy,” says MEF Co-President Mary Schaenen. “Due to scheduling conflicts in the District, November 30th was really the only day available to hold this event and our guests had just two weeks notice.  The support we received from the community was incredible.  Proceeds from this event will fund upcoming grants cycles.”

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Last year, MEF awarded $142,000 to all Madison public schools.  “The MEF Board is meeting on December 10th to review and vote on our Fall Grants,” adds Schaenen.  “The success of this event will help us keep the momentum going.”

For more information about MEF and to learn about grants at all five schools, please visit  If you missed the event and would like to make a donation online, please visit

Save the Date:  MEF’s next event will be the 10th annual Madison 5K Run/Walk/Kids’ Fun Run on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

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 $500,000 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.