The event raised more than $40,000 for the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools.
By Ronni Newton
West Hartford was cookin’ on March 21, as celebrity chefs – aka leaders from West Hartford’s education, government, and business communities – were dishing out samples of their favorites dishes to several hundred guests who attended the annual fundraiser.
According to organizers, the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools raised more than $40,ooo this year to support projects, programs, and initiatives that “enhance the educational experience of students across the district.” The FWHPS has invested more than $1.2 million in grants to support teachers, in-residence and pilot programs, since it was founded in 1997.
Food offerings ranged from salads, to chili, to macaroni and cheese, to barbeque, and much more. There was an extensive selection of delcious desserts.
Mayor Scott Slifka has been a chef every year, but gets some help with food preparation from family members, including his sister-in-law Andrea who is a trained chef. “This is a unique combination of a great cause, a great event, and a great night out,” Slifka said.
In a great show of unity and cooperation, Hall Principal Dan Zittoun served spaghetti while Conard Principal Julio Duarte served meatballs. “I enjoy supporting the community and being here with the other principals. The Foundation is wonderful for the schools,” Zittoun said. “I love everything the Foundation does for teachers and administrators,” said Duarte.
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[…] Last year’s West Hartford’s Cookin’ raised more than $40,000 to support the FWHPS grant-based programs and initiatives. According to the FWHPS, since its establishment as a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1997, the Foundation has invested more than $1.3 million that has funded teacher mini-grants and in-residence programs and provided support to pilot programs like full-day public preschool. […]