The Sandbox Foundation held its second annual fundraiser on Friday, May 12th. The event was a “Wine and Cheese Gathering”, with guests donating two bottles of wine. The first bottle was uncorked and served. The second bottle was sold at silent auction.
Advisors and Recipients
Jared and his proud mother (Anna)
Adam and his proud parents (Karen and Dave)
Blessing their journey
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Adam Walters receives a 2017 Wayne Scholarship
Jared Newton receives the 2017 Inspiration Scholarship
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Rock describes the Sandbox Foundation objectives
A jar of Moonshine sneaks its way into the auction
Jared setting the stage for his next move
We got BIG bottles and little bottles
John gives the food a helping hand
Jozette checks her Wine APP on a prospect
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Wine baskets add variety to the auction
Early candidates appear on the auction block
The kitchen is a popular place
Scholarship recipient Jared Newton (graduating from Dakota HS) was on hand to receive the 2017 Inspiration Scholarship, with his mother Anna. Scholarship recipient Adam Walters (graduating from Utica HS) was also on hand to receive a 2017 Wayne Scholarship, with his parents Karen and Dave.
Foundation advisors were able to expand grants for 2017 to six, with the final two to be Announced and Awarded during the Romeo HS Honors night, scheduled for May 22nd.
Now in its second year, the foundation raises the bar by awarding a second “Continuing Scholarship” in 2017 to Adam Frost. Adam was the first recipient of the Wayne Scholarship during the inaugural year of the foundation. The following message was received from Adam by the advisors.
“I am finishing up my freshman year at Grand Valley State University and loving the college experience and the amazing resources that are available. In the fall I will begin working towards my business degree at the Seidman College of Business at GVSU. Receiving the Continuing Scholarship from the Sandbox Foundation means so much since it is helping me to continue on this path. Thank you for this opportunity! “
The Sandbox Foundation is pleased to award a Continuing Scholarship to Maream Nori for 2017. Maream is receiving one of two Continuing Scholarships that will awarded by the foundation this year. Maream was a recipient of the same grant in 2016 and continues her education by attending Oakland University.
The foundation received the following message from Maream: “My plans for this summer is take a couple of classes and to study for the MCAT so that I would be able to apply to medical school next year. I am very thankful for this scholarship because it will enable me to pay for my summer classes without working extra hours, and that would give me more time to prepare for the MCAT.”
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The Sandbox Foundation completed it’s first year by awarding a second “Continuing Scholarship” for 2016. The second recipient was Jacob Boyd. Jacob used his grant towards funding fall semester classes at Walsh College. Jacob was also a recipient of the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship in 2011. Jacob has been working towards a degree to support a career as a Marketing Coordinator or Financial Analyst.
Continuing Scholarships are granted to students who have completed their first year of studies and have already received either a Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship of one of three annual Sandbox Foundation Scholarship. Preference is given to winners from the past five years. Applications for the Continuing Scholarship are accepted between January 1st and March 1st of each year. Applications are available on the Sandbox Foundation Website.
Rock has the honor of presenting three scholarships during the 2016 RHS Honors Night, held on May 17th in the high school auditorium. Ms. Serena Salsido is presented with the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship, as Rock describes a theme of “Whatever you’ve done. Whatever you’re about to do. The Kuchenmeister family is placing a financial bet on you.” The Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship was first awarded in 1999 during the RHS Honors Night held that year.
Ms. Alexis Kearney receives the first ever “Inspiration Scholarship” awarded by the Sandbox Foundation. Serena and Alexis wait for the final presentation, as Rock suggests to the honorees in attendance “that they pursue the completion of their college degree, a bit more quickly than his mother Barbara Faye had”.
Perhaps inspired, the crowd waits for the final scholarship award… the “Barbara Faye Scholarship“, also presented to a clearly surprised Ms. Alexis Kearney.
The Sandbox Foundation held its inaugural fundraising event on Saturday, April 16th. The fundraiser was a “Wine and Deep Fry Party”, with guests donating two bottles of wine. The first bottle was uncorked and served during the party and the second was sold in a silent auction.
Executive Chef John Borso
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Other fried foods included: Twinkies, White Castles, Snicker Bars, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Beans and Coconut Shrimp
The Wine Auction Begins
Food and Beverage
A Discussion of Purpose
A Gathering of Friends
1st Scholarship Recipients: Adam Frost & Maream Nori
The Board and Recipients
Pastor Jeff Draeger, Adam Frost, Maream Nori, Rock and Cheryl Kuchenmeister
A variety of deep fried foods including Turkey, Shrimp, Cauliflower, Mushrooms and some unusual fried treats like; Twinkies, White Castle Burgers, Oreo’s and Snicker Bars lead guests on a tasting tour.
Foundation advisors presented their first two Scholarships to: Adam Frost (Wayne Scholarship) and Maream Nori (Continuing Scholarship) during the event. A second 2016 Continuing Scholarship will be awarded to Jacob Boyd, who could not be present. Two more scholarships (Inspiration and Barbara Faye) have been selected for 2016 and will be announced during the Romeo High School Honors Night, scheduled for May 17th.
Advisor/Source newspaper reports on the foundation’s preparation for it’s inaugural fundraising event to be held on April 16th. The event will be a “Wine and Deep Fry Party”, where guests are asked to donate two bottles of wine. The first bottle to be served and the second will be sold at auction. Guest will be served a variety of unusual deep fried food samples. Desert will include a selection of chocolate fondue delicacies.
Click here to read more about the event in the Advisor/Source news article.
Foundation advisors, Rock and Cheryl Kuchenmeister, along with Pastor Jeff Draeger (Our Redeemer Lutheran Church) will announce three recipients of the foundation’s annual grants during the party. Two additional grants will be awarded during the annual RHS Honors night, scheduled for May 17th. The foundation was formed in late 2015 and had intended to award four grants each year. After reviewing this year’s submissions, the advisors elected to grant a fifth scholarship in its inaugural year
The Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a Romeo High School (RHS) senior pursuing further education. The grant was first awarded in 1999 and continues to this day. Applications for the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship must be submitted through the RHS Counseling office.
The grant is funded by local residents Rock & Cheryl Kuchenmeister and is administered by the RHS Scholarship Fund of the RHS Counseling office, using predefined selection criteria of the family.
Though not specifically linked to the Sandbox Foundation, all of the most recent five recipients of the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship are also eligible to apply for the Sandbox Foundation Continuing Scholarship, upon completing one semester of supplemental education.
The past five recipients were: