Lakeland Foundation Brings In $40,000 At Fund-raiser

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Supporters raised $40,000 for the Lakeland Education Foundation. Honored were Jim Rathschmidt and The Unfunded Mandate Band, including Chris Cummings, Chris Ruggiero, Troy Payson, Rob Bergmann, George Stone, Elizabeth Pezzulo and Theresa Wilkowski.
Supporters raised $40,000 for the Lakeland Education Foundation. Honored were Jim Rathschmidt and The Unfunded Mandate Band, including Chris Cummings, Chris Ruggiero, Troy Payson, Rob Bergmann, George Stone, Elizabeth Pezzulo and Theresa Wilkowski. Photo Credit: Courtesy Lakeland Education Foundation Facebook Page

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- More than 400 supporters helped raises $40,000 for the Lakeland Education Foundation earlier this month. 

The foundation honored Jim Rathschmidt and The Unfunded Mandate Band, comprising Chris Cummings, Chris Ruggiero, Troy Payson, Rob Bergmann, Dr. George Stone, Elizabeth Pezzulo and Dr. Theresa Wilkowski. The foundation's goal is to enhance the educational experience in the Lakeland Central School District. 

"Casino Night is an absolutely wonderful night for the Lakeland school community The Lakeland Education Foundation," said foundation Vice President Diane Kness. "The event brings together the Lakeland staff, administrators, elected representatives, and parents in order to raise money to help support various extra curricula and enrichment activities throughout the district," she add. "It takes a full year of hard work and dedication by the volunteers who make up the Lakeland Education Foundation."

The evening sponsors were Entergy, Houlihan Lawrence/Barbara Burroni, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, The Bianco-Daly Group from Morgan Stanley, Yorktown Funeral Home, Chase Bank and Camp Nabby.

"We are proud to be part of The Lakeland Education Foundation's efforts for the fourth year in a row. We provide a service to the Lakeland community and we give back to the community we serve," said Burroni from Houlihan Lawrence's Jefferson Valley office. 

"Tonight was another example of how the Lakeland community is strong, willing and able to be one of Westchester County's school districts to watch, said foundation President Denise Kness. "I am very proud to be a Lakeland parent and supporter. Now it's time to start working on next year's event."

The Lakeland Education Foundation has awarded $550,000 dollars in the past 20 years. The funds have been used for athletics, music, the arts, wood shop, and anti-bullying programs.

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