February Phone-a-thon to benefit Rockford Education Foundation

REF Phone-a-thon volunteers Cathy Newberg, Paul & Sue Spinder and Sue Arends hard at work preparing the mailing at last years phone-a-thon.

 

The Rockford Education Foundation will be conducting its annual Phone-a-thon on February 23, 24 and 25, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. On each of those three nights, volunteers will be calling parents in the Rockford school district to ask for donations.  The foundation funds educational opportunities for learners in the Rockford area.

“The REF has once again awarded $60,000 to the Rockford community in grants this year,” says Phone Chairperson, Theresa Webb. “Since 1991, we have awarded more than $800,000. The Phone-a-thon is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and last year we raised $22,000 for the Foundation.”

“The state budget cuts in education have made our work even more important,” says Sue Arend, REF Administrator. “We really appreciate the support we have received from the community in the past, and hope people will consider helping us out, in any way that you can, again this year.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Phone-a-thon may call the REF at 863-6317.

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“Les Miserables” comes to RHS

Would you like to see the second-longest running Broadway show in history right  here in Rockford? Rockford High School is presenting the smash hit musical, “Les Miserables,” for two weekends on March 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, and 27 at 7 p.m. in the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium.

This extremely popular masterpiece of musical theater is based on the novel by  Victor Hugo.  The story follows Jean Valjean’s life journey and ultimate  transformation from a convict in 1815 France to a man of great humanity and  compassion.

The talented cast, under the direction of RHS choir director Dave  Duiven, along with the crew and parents, are working feverishly to arrive at a  production that will more than do justice to the high caliber of the classic  story and characters of Victor Hugo, and the music of Alain Boublil and  Claude-Michel Schonberg.  This will undoubtedly be one of the best musicals in  Rockford’s history. 

Ticket sales will begin February 15, and will be available  at the RHS box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30, or by calling the box office at (616) 863-6031, ext. 7087.  All seats for all shows are reserved, and are an  exceptional value at only $10.  You will not want to miss this extraordinary  show, so mark your calendars now.

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MacRaven celebrates ‘month of love’ with new CD

Tunes from their newest CD “The Heart Does Not Forget” by musical duo MacRaven create the perfect backdrop for an exquisitely romantic February. MacRaven features award-winning composer/pianist and Bostwick Lake Church Music Director Roger MacNaughton and 30-year Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra cellist Steve VanRavenswaay.

            On Sunday, Feb. 14, Grand Rapids’ mainstay eatery, One Trick Pony Grille & Tap Room, will open especially for Valentine’s dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., featuring music by the duo from 6 to 10 p.m. Autographed CDs will be available for purchase as a special memento.

            Appearing at Schuler Books & Music (28th St. location) “Live Music in the Studio,” MacRaven will present a concert of tunes from the new CD as well as favorites from their first release “Winter Canvas” on Friday, Feb. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

            One Trick Pony is located at 136 Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Reservations are recommended. Call (616) 235-7669.

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Health and Fitness Festival gets everyone up and moving

Participants are enjoying zumba at this years Health and Fitness Festival.

 

What do you do in January on a beautiful seven degree day? You start moving to stay warm. This is exactly what many Rockford residents did at this year’s Health and Fitness Festival. Along with several area health professionals to offer health screenings and answer medical questions many came out for the activity as well.

The REF Zumba Fundraiser was an overwhelming success with Natalie Maj and other guest instructors keeping the energy level at an all time high.

This year’s “Dashing Through the Snow” winter run awarded Valley View elementary school the winners of the “Healthy Challenge 2010” trophy for most participants.

Students participate in this years Dashing Through the Snow race at North Rockford Middle School.

 

The overall ½ mile race winners were: Boys, Gabriel Gunneson 3:17 (Roguewood Elementary), Nolan Darby 3:18 (Meadowridge) and Ryan Blackburn 3:27 (Crestwood). Girls, Julia Scheffler 3:46 (Roguewood), Caitie Usher 3:56 (Belmont) and Megan Lindeboom 4:01 (Valley View).

Rockford Community Services would like to thank the Early Bird Running Club for their involvement in our first “Dashing Through The Snow” race as well as all of the other businesses and health care professionals that took part in this event. A special Thank You to Spartan and Meijer stores for their sponsorships.

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REF holds successful zumba party at the annual fitness fair

The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) would like to thank everyone who participated in the Zumba fundraiser during the Health and Fitness Festival. Approximately 75 people filled the gym at North Rockford Middle School to participate in the Zumba instruction for a solid 75 minutes. Music filled the air as participants joined in with the instructors. The REF raised $1000 which will go to benefit our schools and community in the coming year. To date the REF has awarded over $800,000 in grants for educational purposes to the Rockford community. 

The Rockford Education Foundation would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their silent auction and giveaway donations which lead to a successful event: Bev Thiel and Kelly Wass of YMCA, Maureen McKay of Eastern Floral and Gifts

Genesis Salon and Day Spa, Angela Mann of Hampton Inn Suites, Tip off Bar and Grill, Carrie Yandl of Arbonne, Pat and Lisa Harig, Karla Galvin , Niah Whitley and Natalie Maj

Additionally we would like to thank the instructors who participated:

Junito Moore, Natalie Maj and Stefanie Minlethaler of the YMCA; Kandi Holmstrum of Rock Hard Boot Camp and Leslie Romoni of Riverview Athletic Club.

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