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MAEF returns to educational stage just in time

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

The Millington Area Education Foundation Board recently met at the Civic Center to finalize plans for Thursday night's banquet.

The Millington Area Education Foundation Board recently met at the Civic Center to finalize plans for Thursday night’s banquet.

What is the Millington Area Education Foundation?
Anyone interested can find out plenty tonight at the MAEF Banquet sponsored by Ritter Communitcations with doors to the Pat Thompson Center opening at 6 p.m.
“The Foundation is a great vehicle for us to support what’s been going on in the Millington community from the educational standpoint,” MAEF President Cary Vaughn said. “This foundation was started as an initiative of the Three-Star Program of Tennessee.
“It was as component of Three-Star,” he added. “They developed a separate 501(c)(3)type of foundation that would be a platform to really promote education.”
When the doors open at 5700 Attu Street for the banquet, the stage will belong to the Education Foundation to inform the public of his renaissance, purpose and mission to better the schools in Millington.
““It’s been dormant for a while,” Vaughn acknowledged. “What we did back in June was give it life. We added a new board. We started meeting on a monthly basis, started keeping minutes. This banquet coming up April 10 will be our first function for the foundation.
“It’s a fund raiser for the four schools in Millington,” he continued. “Not only a fund raiser, but its exposure. We want people to know there is a thriving education foundation, those 10 years ago when it was up and running, raising money.”
Vaughn said the Education Foundation needed new life, new events and a new board to support Millington Central High School, Millington Elementary School, E.A. Harrold and Millington Middle School.
The MAEF Board is composed of President Cary Vaughn, Vice President Chuck Hurt Jr., Secretary Rosie Crawford, Treasurer Beth Hearn, and members Ken Uselton, Gail Delancy, Karla Hornsby, Rebecca Fears, Sam Cox, Carole McCullough, Leanna Dagen and Mark Healy.
“This group was actually selected by some of the members of the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Millington,” Vaughn noted, “12 with a passion and diverse background. We have one common goal in mind, that’s to promote education in Millington.”
The 12-member MAEF Board has invited Millington Municipal School Board members and Director of Schools Dr. David Roper to the event. Roper is the scheduled guest speaker.
“No. 1 it’s good exposure for education in Millington,” Vaughn said of the banquet. “No. 2 it’s a chance to meet your superintendent for those who haven’t met Dr. Roper yet. And it’s also a chance to meet some of your educational leaders.
“And No. 3, all the proceeds that are raised by the foundation, will go back into the schools,” he concluded. “Those proceeds will be poured back into the schools.”
The Millington Area Education Foundation meets the third Monday of each month. The MAEF Banquet sponsored by Ritter Communication will open doors at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program will follow at 6:30. There will be a silent auction the entire evening. The ticket price is $25 per person. For more information or to purchase a ticket contact Vaughn at cvaughn@lwf.org, Hearn at beth.hearn@rittercommunications.com or Crawford at crawforddr@webcomet.com.

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