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Champions for Children Kicks Off Super Bowl Week

On a chilly night a few days before the Super Bowl, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) gathered supporters and friends at the New York Athletic Club for our first Champions for Children reception.

New York sports legends Ottis “O.J.” Anderson (Super Bowl MVP & former New York Giant) and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick) were honored with CSF’s Champions for Children awards along with A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

Guests heard board member Remy Trafelet talk about why he supports CSF, and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada introduced our honorees. Jason, who graduated from Columbia University last May and now works at JPMorgan Chase, is a living example of the opportunities CSF scholarships can make possible.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

In their remarks, our honorees made it clear that beyond their athletic successes, they are committed to making life easier for those less fortunate, particularly for children who need access to a good education.   

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

We were especially pleased to host the choir from Trey Whitfield School, where several CSF Scholars attend. What a treat it was to hear them singing “Just the Way You Are” in what turned out to be a preview of Bruno Mars’ half-time performance at the Super Bowl!

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Thank you to our honorees, to the Trey Whitfield choir, to all those who donated items for our live and silent auctions, to Eagel Sports Promotions, Inc., and to everyone who showed their support for the event. A special thank you goes out to our event sponsors: The Speedwell Foundation; Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Sequential Brands Group.

For more photos from the event, please visit CSF’s Facebook page.

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CSF’s Champions for Children Honors Athletes During Super Bowl Week

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Just a few days before the Super Bowl on Tuesday, January 28th, CSF is hosting an all-star benefit – CSF’s Champions for Children – at the New York Athletic Club.

The evening will honor Super Bowl MVP and former New York Giant, Ottis “O.J.” Anderson; NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and former Dallas Cowboy, A.B. Whitfield. The program also includes a performance by students from the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn and a raffle. There’ll also be live and silent auctions featuring sports memorabilia, including a football signed by Roger Staubach and jerseys signed by Eli Manning and Victor Cruz.

This is the place to be to kick-off Super Bowl celebrations while giving economically disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a quality education at the schools their parents choose for them!

General tickets are $150 and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/CSFchampsJan28. VIP tickets are also available for $500. VIP admission comes with the chance to pose for photos with our athlete guests and get an autographed football or basketball at a private reception before the main event.

Hope to see you on game day, January 28th!

CSF Scholars Go Ice-Skating with Sequential Brands Group

Amid New York City’s first snowfall of the season, CSF Scholars from Ascension School took to the ice at Bryant Park today thanks to our friends at Sequential Brands Group.

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The party started out with some lessons since many of the students were first-timers at ice-skating. After some good-natured slips and sliding, the children got the hang of skating and were soon zipping around the ice.

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Following a lunch of pizza and hot chocolate, the kids gathered around as Sequential Brands Group’s CEO Yehuda Shmidman presented CSF with a check to fund two new scholarships in New York to raucous applause. Even after so much excitement, there was still more to come! Next up, Santa arrived and distributed gifts with help from his elf. Each student received a pair of Heelys skate shoes.

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Our sincere thanks go out to event organizer and CSF Young Leader Julia Graham  and everyone at Sequential Brands Group and Heelys for giving more children the gift of education and providing this group of CSF Scholars with a holiday experience they will never forget.  As one young boy declared, “We should come here every day!”

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For more photos, visit CSF’s Facebook page.

CSF Scholars Entertain at NYC Event

Feb20choirLast week, CSF hosted a reception for New York City CSF supporters and those interested in learning more about the organization. Highlights included remarks from former CSF of Omaha Chairman Pete Ricketts, Peter Simon of the William E. Simon Foundation, and CSF President Darla Romfo.

Guests were also treated to a performance by CSF Scholars who are also members of Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School’s gospel choir. In addition to being wonderful singers, these students are examples of how CSF scholarships are providing low-income children with a quality, values-based education.

CSF: A Voice for Choice During National School Choice Week

schoolchoicewidgetThe third annual National School Choice Week begins today with a Kickoff Celebration in Phoenix featuring none other than the Jonas Brothers. Almost simultaneously, the National School Choice Week Special, a historic railcar, will set off from Union Station in Los Angeles, waving the flag for school choice and pulling in for whistle stop events in twelve cities before a final event in New York City next Saturday.

All told, it will be an action-packed week with more than 3,500 events hosted by education groups, schools, and others celebrating parental choice in education all across the country.

Children’s Scholarship Fund and many of our partner programs are proud to be partners of National School Choice Week. Here are some of the events CSF and CSF partners are planning for the week ahead:

Make plans to attend a School Choice Week event near you, and watch www.schoolchoiceweek.com throughout the week for news shining a spotlight on effective education options for every child!

CSF President Honored By Tri-County Scholarship Fund

This fall, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, a CSF partner program offering private school scholarships to low-income children in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties in New Jersey, honored both J. Peter Simon and CSF President Darla Romfo at its annual dinner. More than 600 people came out to support the honorees and the scholarship recipients the Fund assists.

At the Nov. 19th Tri-County Scholarship Fund Annual Awards Dinner: Tri-County Executive Director Gregory Floyd; J. Peter Simon, Hall of Fame honoree, and Timothy I. Duffy, Tri-County Chairman.

At the Nov. 19th Tri-County Scholarship Fund Annual Awards Dinner: Tri-County Executive Director Gregory Floyd; J. Peter Simon, Hall of Fame honoree, and Timothy I. Duffy, Tri-County Chairman.

Mr. Simon, co-chairman of W.E. Simon and Sons and the William E. Simon Foundation, praised Tri-County’s work as he accepted its Hall of Fame award, noting, “In this past year, every Tri-County senior graduated from high school and 99% of them went on to college. A high school education is a game-changer in people’s life pattern for earnings.”

Timothy I. Duffy, Chairman of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, presents the Making a Difference Award to CSF President Darla Romfo.

Timothy I. Duffy, Chairman of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, presents the Making a Difference Award to CSF President Darla Romfo.

Originally, the awards dinner was planned for October 29th, but following Hurricane Sandy the dinner was rescheduled for November 19th. Due to the schedule change, Ms. Romfo was unable to attend the dinner, and Tri-County Scholarship Fund presented her with its Making a Difference Award at a dinner in Manhattan.

To find out more about Tri-County Scholarship Fund and the children it helps, please visit www.tcsfund.org.

CSF Co-Hosts Panel on Stemming School Closures

More than 130 people turned out last week for a panel discussion titled “Saving Catholic Schools,” co-hosted by Children’s Scholarship Fund and three other organizations. The event followed the recent announcement by the Archdiocese of New York that 27 of its schools are at risk of closing at the end of this school year. The at-risk schools currently serve 764 CSF Scholars, or roughly 10 percent of all CSF Scholars in New York City.

The "Saving Catholic Schools" panelists (l-r): Assemblyman Karim Camara; CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada; CSF President Darla Romfo; Principal Antwan Allen; Author Peter Meyer, and moderator Sheila Mulcahy.

The “Saving Catholic Schools” panelists (l-r): Assemblyman Karim Camara; CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada; CSF President Darla Romfo; Principal Antwan Allen; Author Peter Meyer, and moderator Sheila Mulcahy.

CSF President Darla Romfo and CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada served as panelists, along with Peter Meyer, author of Can Catholic Schools Be Saved?; Antwan Allen, Principal of St. Mark the Evangelist School, and Assemblyman Karim Camara of the New York State Assembly.

The panel discussed the financial challenges facing Catholic schools as well as the value they bring to the entire community, including the non-Catholic children who attend them and the neighborhoods that benefit from higher graduation rates and college entrance rates of Catholic school grads. Panelists argued that it is important for parents to have a diversity of schools, including Catholic schools, to choose from.

Jorvelyn Tejada and Darla Romfo listen as Assemblyman Karim Camara makes a point about the value of Catholic schools to the community.

Jorvelyn Tejada and Darla Romfo listen as Assemblyman Karim Camara makes a point about the value of Catholic schools to the community.

The Education Investment Incentives Act, which passed in the New York State Senate last spring, was raised as one possible solution to the difficulty of keeping Catholic schools open in the current economic climate. The Act would create an individual and corporate tax credit for donations to organizations providing scholarships to private schools.

The Inner-City Scholarship Fund (which partners with CSF in New York), Buffalo’s BISON Scholarship Fund (a CSF partner program), and the Guild of Catholic Lawyers also co-hosted the event.