More than 200 people attended the tenth annual Masonicare at Ashlar Village Residents’ Scholarship Fund presentation held on Sunday, June 1, in the Hartog Activity Center at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, Masonicare’s Continuing Care Retirement Community on Cheshire Road in Wallingford.
Twenty-two 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 $26,000 in scholarship funds was raised this year and distributed at the special awards ceremony. Jon-Paul Venoit, Masonicare’s Chief Operating Officer, and Hilde Sager, Executive Director of Residential Services, offered welcoming remarks, and scholarship recipients were introduced by David Gessert, Chairman of the Ashlar Village Board of Directors.
The young men and women receiving scholarships this year are Elizabeth Akier, Devyn Brewster, Kristen Chaney, Samantha Colberg, Jackson Doyle, Timothy Fengler, Briana Hernandez, Asia Hutchins, Marissa Jankowski, Julia Larson, Samantha Lawrence, Amanda Mendoza, Eric Mrazik, Jr., Alicia Musso, Marlea Naples, Xaolane Nhatavong, Andrew Pisani, Jennifer Scasino, Amanda Smith, Jeffrey Zakrzewski, Kristen Zakrzewski, and Elizabeth Zielinski.
Some of the colleges they will be attending include Southern Connecticut State University, The University of New Haven, Emmanuel College, Lincoln Technical Institute, Gateway Community College and Duquesne University.
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 Ashlar Village 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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