Wallingford, CT, June 5, 2013…..More than 200 people attended the ninth annual Masonicare at Ashlar Village Residents’ Scholarship Fund presentation held on Sunday, June 2, in the Hartog Activity Center at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, Masonicare’s Continuing Care Retirement Community on Cheshire Road in Wallingford.
Twenty-five 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 $28,000 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 and Hilde Sager, Assistant Administrator, 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 Elizabeth Akier, Casey Barry, Devyn Brewster, Kristen Chaney, Jackson Doyle, Timothy Fengler, Stephanie Griffin, Briana Hernandez, Asia Hutchins, Marissa Jankowski, Samantha Lawrence, Amanda Mendoza, Lindsay Mongillo, Thomas Murray, Olivia Ney, Xaolane Nhatavong, Brandon Rusczek, Melissa Rusczek, Amanda Smith, Adrian Villagra, Sarah Willis, Jeffrey Zakrzewski, Kristen Zakrzewski, AnnMarie Zielinski, and Elizabeth Zielinski.
Some of the colleges they will be attending include Central Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State Universities, Lasell College, Excelsior College, Gateway Community College and Quinnipiac 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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