This year’s Excellence in Education Awards was a truly special evening, bringing together community members, corporations, school administrators, teachers, parents and other nonprofit agencies to celebrate the power of public education for our students here in Stamford. The night included a presentation of the awards as well as a networking reception featuring a silent auction and a tasting celebration of wine from Domaine Bousquet Winery, beer from Two Roads Brewery, and specially-selected hors d’oeuvres.

All proceeds benefited SPEF’s educational programs, including its nationally-recognized flagship program, the Stamford Mentoring Program. Helping to inspire guests to raise their paddles to make a donation, Hannah Cassara, graduate of Westhill High School, class of 2017, performed a heartwarming rendition of “Lean on Me,” while photos illustrating SPEF’s Stamford Mentoring Program played in the behind her. Click here to enjoy the performance.




SPEF Leadership Award: Nancy Freedman, for her exemplary dedication to enriching the lives of students in Stamford’s public schools, and her commitment to the Stamford community.


SPEF Philanthropy Award: Near & Far Aid, for its tireless pursuit of eliminating poverty in Fairfield County through finding and funding programs that seek to achieve lasting change, and for its generosity in helping SPEF pursue its mission.


SPEF Educator Award: For their dedication in creating an exceptional learning environment for Stamford students. Educators are nominated by school PTOs and the winner is announced at the ceremony.


Who was seen at this year’s event?…

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Click on the photos below to browse moments from previous Excellence in Education Awards!