FEF Board Member James Kruzan (center) is presenting a donation to the Fenton Education Foundation Chairman Mike Senyko (right) and Fenton Athletic Director Mike Bakker (left) in the amount of $3,200. The amount coincides with the 32 offensive touchdowns that the Fenton Varsity Football team had at their home games during the 2017 season. Thank you James for your continued support to the Fenton Education Foundation!
The Fenton Education Foundation will host its 11th annual Black Tie Awards Dinner on Sept. 10 at The Laundry in Fenton.
This year’s honorees include long-time successful businessman and community activist, Richard Canever, president owner of Vic Canever Chevrolet in Fenton. Canever will be receiving The State Bank Community Contribution to Education Award.
Through Canever’s leadership, generosity as a business owner and community activist, hundreds of students have benefited through the Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation’s driver training program.
Vic Canever Chevrolet has donated the cars used for this program for more than 10 years, thus allowing the program to continue. Canever has also been supportive of numerous athletic programs through his corporative sponsorship of numerous teams and events.
According to Patricia Lockwood, chair of the Fenton Education Foundation, “Richard was the unanimous choice of the Foundation board. Through his leadership and community commitment, students of all ages have had opportunities to learn and excel in their career paths. We look forward to honoring Richard at The Black Tie event on Sept. 10 at The Laundry.”
The second award recipient, George Kralosky, will be receiving the Nancy and Edward Petruska Life Time Achievement in Education Award.
Kralosky was an English teacher at Fenton High School for 19 years. He was a popular teacher with his students and dedicated significant time as an IBO Diploma Program teacher. In addition to his work inside the classroom, Kralosky was also a driver education instructor, a co-sponsor for the National Honor Society, and coordinator of the Project Close-Up program.
The Lifetime Achievement in Education Award was established by way of a gift from the Petruska family to the Fenton Education Foundation. The award recognizes the contribution that educators make to the community. Edward and Nancy Petruska devoted a combined 52 years of educational services to the Fenton Area Public Schools.
Mark Suchowski, principal at Fenton High School, said, “George joined the English Department at Fenton High School in August of 1994 and for the next 19 years made a huge impact on the lives of his students and colleagues. He was masterful at inspiring those he taught to develop their own voice, think critically, and express themselves clearly. George also collaborated with his fellow teachers throughout the building and inspired them to examine and improve their teaching.”
In 2004, the Fenton Area Public Schools created the Fenton Education Foundation to assist in developing and enriching the overall educational experience of Fenton youth.
For more information about the foundation, visit fentoneducationfoundation.org .
The 82 attendees of the ninth annual Black Tie Event, which supports the Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation (FAPSEF), were once again generous with their financial assistance and supportive of those being recognized for their contribution to Fenton Area Public Schools.
The event was held at The Laundry on Sept. 12.
Over the years, this event, after expenses, has contributed more than $260,000 to FAPSEF, which was established by a grant from The State Bank. According to Joe Kryza, chair of the FAPSEF board of directors, the Black Tie Event would not be possible without the generosity of The Laundry.
The evening’s highlights included Pat Lockwood, FAPSEF co-chair, making a special presentation of The State Bank Community Service Award, which was awarded to Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro and Fenton Fire Chief Robert Cairnduff. Lockwood was joined by former Fenton City manager, Mike Senyko, who hired both chiefs.
Linda Mora, Early Childhood director for Fenton Area Public Schools awarded the Petruska Lifetime Achievement in Education Award to Trudy Iverson.
Following the specially made dinner, a live auction was held and more than $16,000 was raised in just 10 minutes. Spirited bidding to be able to create and name a sandwich at The Laundry for a year was won by Gail and John Strayer, who had the winning bid of $3,800.
Jocelyn and Phil Haggerman had the winning bid for a private pie baking experience with Mark Hamel, owner of The Laundry. Their prize includes wine and cheese for eight. Other auction prizes included golf at Oakland Hills, donated by the Petruska family and won by Julie and Brent Straffon. In addition, Brent and Jennifer Williams had the winning bid for a framed and autographed “Get out of jail free card.”
A $10,000 donation was made to establish a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fund by Mark and Jamie Dunkel.
Leaving their mark on the evening were Fenton schools administrators who served as valet attendants and the Fenton Art Department, which designed the award plaques.
Next year’s Black Tie Event is set for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.