STAMFORD, CT – February 8, 2016 – As The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) marks its second decade serving the Stamford community, it is on its way to mentoring nearly 750 students (up from 414 last year) and reinforcing the wonders of reading by giving away more than 4,000 books to elementary school students. It’s all made possible from a variety of fundraising events including the 2016 Excellence in Education Awards, Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence in Education, taking place on Thursday, March 24th at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel (700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT) from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Each year, the Excellence in Education Awards recognize businesses and community leaders for their commitment and service to education in Stamford. It is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of both Stamford’s business community and the devoted individuals who help our students perform better, both in school and beyond into post-secondary education and the working world. This year, SPEF will be presenting the following Awards: • SPEF Leadership Award: to one of SPEF’s first Board Presidents, Robert Phillips, for his for his continued guidance and support to SPEF for the past 20 years • SPEF Philanthropic Award: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, for its thought leadership and innovation in the area of education and its generosity in helping SPEF pursue its goal of making every child college or career ready • SPEF Educator Award: being announced the night of the event (nominated by school PTOs), for their dedication in creating an exceptional learning environment for Stamford students At 6:00, guests of Excellence in Education 2016, will arrive for an hour-long Tasting Celebration, with pairings of wine/beer and specially-selected hors d’oeuvres. The Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic will be performing. At 7:00 PM, our guests will be seated in the ballroom for the Awards Celebration. The program concludes with a Paddle Raise to raise much needed funds for SPEF’s Stamford education programs, with coffee and dessert to follow. “As a vibrant non-profit agency, SPEF enriches the lives of thousands of Stamford students through our nationally-recognized mentoring program, math tutoring, Work Study, Reading is FUNdamental Book Give-A-Ways, and more. This event, celebrating our 20th Anniversary, lets us celebrate the many board members, volunteers, educators and funders who have come together to make SPEF an agent of change for the Stamford community,” said SPEF CEO Matthew Quinones. Tickets for the evening, which includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and inspirational presentations, are available by calling 203-965-7733. Sponsorships are also still available.