Ceremonies, Arda Ocal of MSG Networks. SPEF Board President Barbara Aronica-Buck delivered welcoming remarks and two students shared how SPEF’s mentoring program has impacted them. The night’s musical entertainment included performances by the Young Artists Philharmonic, Project Music, and a rendition of the National Anthem sung by Westhill High School’s Shayla Hernandez, who studies at The Pop Music Academy. This year’s Excellence in Education Awards raised funds that will allow SPEF to expand and improve the educational resources they provide to the students and families of the Stamford public school system. SPEF is especially grateful to the sponsors of the evening for their support, including: Pitney Bowes (Title Sponsor); First County Bank and NatWest Markets (Magna Cum Laude); DiRusso Brooks Law Group LLC, Tom and Patti Gawlak, Robert and Patricia Phillips, Synapse Group (Cum Laude); American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group, Barbara Aronica-Buck and Peter Buck, Berkowitz and Hanna, LLC, Charles Cernansky and Sharon Burley, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Eileen Fred and Springer, Dudley N. Williams Jr. and Juanita James (Honors); and Serendipity (Media). About SPEF: Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is to support the students and teachers in Stamford Public Schools through community collaboration and philanthropy. During its two decades serving Stamford, SPEF has built a strong reputation for providing resources and programs that connect college, corporate and community volunteers with Stamford Public School students. For further information call 203- 965-7733 or visit www.spefct.org.