Date: September 25th, 2014

Janesville Multicultural Teachers Scholarship Program Hosts Gala Event

Cultural cuisine, live music, and inspiring presentations will highlight an annual fundraiser coming up Saturday, Nov. 1.  The Colors of Education Gala, a benefit for the Janesville Multicultural Teacher Opportunities Scholarship program, is scheduled for 5:30-10:30 p.m. at the Janesville Country Club.

“We are excited to share this program’s success with everyone,” says event chairperson and retired educator, Camilla Owen. “We have three scholarship recipients now teaching in our district, enriching our schools, curriculums, and environment. This scholarship is a win for our students and schools, but an even bigger win for our community.  We need to keep raising funds to ensure we can keep the success growing.”

Owen is referring to the scholarship program, offered through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, that awards renewable college scholarships to Janesville students of color who are pursuing education careers. The program is the brainchild of state Sen. Tim Cullen, a former Janesville School Board member. Recipients agree to apply for teaching positions with the school district after they earn Wisconsin teaching certificates. Specifically, Jared Fox, Niki Washington and Daniel Jackson are the first three former Janesville students to receive jobs in the district as teachers through the multicultural scholarship, and all three will speak at the event.

In addition to ethnic food, live music by the GoDeans, and the presentations, the event also includes a silent auction.  Tickets to the event are $50 each ($45 before October 1) or a $1000 for a sponsored table for ten that includes advertising and recognition opportunities.

For reservations, contact Lannie at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin at 608-758-0883 or Lannie@cfsw.org.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves communities in Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, and Walworth counties through 16 community funds and more than 600 other funds established to match personal philanthropy with community need. For more information, visit www.cfsw.org.