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Masonicare at Ashlar Village Residents’ Scholarship Fund Helps 21 Young People Further Their Educations

June 5, 2012

Wallingford,CT, June 5, 2012…..More than 200 people attended the eighth annual Masonicare at Ashlar Village Residents’ Scholarship Fund presentation held on Sunday, June 3, in the Hartog Activity Center at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, Masonicare’s Continuing Care Retirement Community on Cheshire Road in Wallingford.

Twenty-one young men and women, who are either employees of Masonicare at Ashlar Village or the children of employees, were honored during the presentation.  More than $24,000 in scholarship funds was raised this year and distributed at the special awards ceremony.  Jon-Paul Venoit, Masonicare’s Senior Vice President of Residential and Community-Based Services, offered welcoming remarks, and the recipients were introduced by David Gessert, Chairman of the Ashlar Village Board of Directors.  

The young men and women receiving scholarships this year are Kevin Beaudry, Mayra Cerna, Shannon Corbett, Jennifer Fengler, Stephanie Griffin, Bernadette Hernandez, Bryan Kirdzik, Brittany Landon, Chelsie Morais, Lindsay Mongillo, Thomas Murray, Alexendar Ney, Eric Peavey, Brandon Rusczek, T. Erik Sager, Amanda Smith, Michael Terzi, Julia Truong, Sarah Willis, Kristen Zakrzewski, and AnnMarie Zielinski.   Some of the colleges they will be attending include Central Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State Universities, Lasell College, Excelsior College, North Park University, Gateway Community College, and QuinnipiacUniversity. 

Special thanks were extended to resident Mike Johnson, residents Phillip and Donna Lint and Al and Marie Scharf, and the family of deceased resident Donald F. Warner for their generous donations of special memorial and appreciation awards.

Masonicare at AshlarVillage residents established the Scholarship Fund in 2004 to provide educational scholarships for young people who either work at Ashlar Village or are children of employees.   The funds are raised in a variety of ways, but mainly through the sale of unique, handmade craft and clothing items in the Ashlar Village Specialty shop.  The items are made by residents of Ashlar Village, and the Specialty Shop is manned and stocked solely by resident volunteers.


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