File - UCS Foundation For Educational Excellence



File - UCS Foundation For Educational Excellence
Annual Report 2015
Utica Community Schools
Foundation for Education Excellence
7600 18 Mile Road ~ Sterling Heights, MI ~ 48314
586-797-6953 ~ Fax: 586-797-7001 ~
Board of Trustees 2016
The mission of the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational
Excellence is to be a non-profit fund-raising organization that encourages
and supports quality efforts by educators to enhance educational
experiences for students of the Utica Community Schools.
Executive Board
Robert Van Camp
Vice President
Michael Nowicki
Steve Truman
Retired UCS Educator
Vice President,
Integrated Design
Solutions (IDS)
Former UCS Board of
Education Member,
Former district parent,
UCS Foundation Immediate
past president
Brent Bohlinger
Ronald Chriss
Linda Colton
Lester Gilbert
Senior Project Manager,
Barton Malow
DTE Regional Manager,
Macomb Corporate &
Government Affairs
Relationships Manager,
Sterling Hgts. Rgnl.
Chamber of Commerce &
President & CEO,
E. Gilbert & Sons, Inc.
Gene Klida
Raymond Lope
Denyeal Nesovski
Vice President,
UCS Board of
Wm. Sullivan & Son
Funeral Home
Director of Business Education &
Quality Solutions,
North American Bancard
Susan Rosso
Dan Wesner
Robert Wilcox
UCS Educator
Owner, Wesner
Retired UCS Educator
Christine M. Johns,
Utica Community Schools
and Ex-Officio Member
W. B. Browning,
Retired Business Leaser & former UCS Board of Education Member
Advisory Board
Wally Doebler,
Retired General Motors Executive
Richard Duncan,
Retired Owner of Jerome-Duncan Ford
Fred Mathiak,
Retired Nation Bank of Detroit Official
John Nitz,
Attorney with O’Reilly Rancilio, PC
Ray Weingartz,
President of Weingartz Supply Company
President’s Message
Dear Friends,
It is my honor to serve as the President of the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence
(UCSFEE). A special thank you to Steve Truman for his continuing service to the students of the Utica Community
Schools. As a UCS parent, Board of Education member, Foundation Trustee and, for the past two years, as President
of the Foundation, Steve personifies service to students and community. Thank you, Steve!
Again this year, the UCSFEE is committed to fulfilling its mission: “to be a non-profit fundraising organization that
encourages and supports quality efforts by educators to enhance the educational experiences for students of the Utica
Community Schools.” We assist students in career explorations; provide financial assistance for students to pursue
their dreams; and enable teachers to purchase materials that will enhance teaching and learning.
I want to acknowledge the Foundation’s visionary Century Club members who have been the backbone of the
organization since 1987. The Century Club was formed to be the vehicle to help defray and support everyday
operational expenses. Annual dues and additional contributions from club members enable the foundation to direct
more of the monies raised toward student programs and scholarships.
I also want to thank our generous event sponsors and donors for their continued support. We appreciate your
confidence in our work and your willingness to encourage others to partner with us. I look forward to seeing each of
you at the exciting events the Foundation as planned during the coming year.
Robert Van Camp
UCSFEE President
Foundation funding facts
The Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization devoted to
expanding educational opportunities for UCS students. It is governed by a volunteer board of trustees and maintains strict
financial procedures. Here is a look at our 2015 budget:
Income Summary
Career Focus Luncheon
Century Club Dues
Arts & Idols
Other Donations
Payroll Deductions
Jan. – Dec. 2015
Expense Summary
Career Focus Luncheon
Century Club
Arts & Idols
Administrative Contracts
Professional Fees
Bank Fees
Operating Expenses
Jan. – Dec. 2015
UCSFEE Century Club 2015 Membership
In 2015, generous support from the following UCSFEE Century Club members helped defray the Foundation’s
operating costs, enabling more of the funds raised each year to be used for student programs:
Corporate, Foundation
Individual Members
& Organization Members
Advisor/Source Newspapers
American Speedy Printing
Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc.
Barton Malow
Beck Agency
Buff Whelan Chevrolet, Inc.
C & G Newspaper
Christian Financial Credit Union
Da Francesco’s
DTE Energy
Experi-Metal Inc.*
Gallagher Benefit Services
GCA Services
GLP & Associates
Hanson’s Running Shop
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
Integrated Design Solutions
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights
Lusk & Albertson, PLC
Lynn & Paul Alandt Foundation
The Macomb Daily
Messina Trucking*
O’Reilly Rancilio, P.C.
Plante Moran, PLLC*
Roncelli, Inc.
Shamrock Pub
Shelby Township Lions Club
Shelby Travel Agency
Sterling Heights Regional Chamber
Of Commerce & Industry
Sterling Management
TLM & Associates*
Urban Land Consultants
University of Michigan – Flint
Utica Education Association*
Wesner Tuxedo
Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home*
Denise Bailey
Michael Bender
Steven Bernier
Dr. Charles Beyerlein
Heather Blum
Robert Brady
Nancy Brunetz
Nina Carver-Hardiewich
Chris Cassin
Kim Charland
Dr. Gregory Church
Sharon Coil
Vivian Constand
Ken Cucchi
Cheryl Cunningham
Mark Davey
Richard Duncan
Stephanie Eagen
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Ealy
Catherine Einhaus
Renee Fiema
Mr. & Mrs. Cass Franks
Robert Haines
Jeffrey Henderson
Mike Hoard
Dr. Christine Johns
Robert Kelly
Gene Klida
Deborah Koepke
Thomas Lietz
Dr. Robert Martin
Fred Mathiak
Lisa McDill
Jared McEvoy
Christian Mueller
Denyeal Nesovski
Mike Nowicki
Robert Pacioni
Karen Patrick
Laurie Pritchard
Mr. & Mrs. Howard Reilly
Roy Rose
Susan Rosso
Linda Schneider-Rediske
Dr. Joan Sergent
Roger Silagi
Wayne Stewart
Mr. & Mrs. Frank & Nancy Stoneking
Michael Sturm
Jill Tomyn
Jason Truman
Steve Truman
Robert Van Camp
Michele VanDeKerkhove
Kenneth Voakes
Ray Walters
William Westrick
Robert Wilcox
Karen Zimmerman
Patrick Zott
Career Focus
More than 2,000 UCS sixth graders explore their future
The annual Career Focus Luncheon continued a tradition of success established in 1993. Every Utica
Community Schools sixth grader, along with hundreds of business professionals, community representatives,
teachers, principals and volunteers, took part in this event held at the Palazzo Grande Banquet and Event Center on
April 29 and 30, 2015.
The Career Focus Luncheon is a unique event that joins area workplace and community leaders with the
students for a ‘business lunch’ experience the children long remember. The adults serve as mentors, sharing career
insights and educational experiences. All sixth grade students, with assistance from their teachers and media
center specialists, prepare electronic resumes and share their future career aspirations based on a curriculum
designed to underscore opportunities beyond high school.
The Career Focus Luncheon is sponsored by the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence in partnership
with Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry C&G Newspapers and the Advisor & Source
Newspapers, and in cooperation with Utica Community Schools. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the
Foundation’s work on behalf of UCS students.
Career Focus has hosted many well-known state and local officials, sports figures, celebrated business
leaders and prominent UCS alumni as speakers. In 2015, Mr. Paul Glantz, founder and president of Emagine
Entertainment, was the keynote speaker. The many generous sponsors of last year’s event are listed on the
following page.
For 2016, the Career Focus committee is pleased to welcome Ms. Amy Kaherl, the Executive Director of
Detroit SOUP as keynote speaker on both dates - May 3rd and 4th. Amy attended Oakbrook, Heritage and
Stevenson (’99). Detroit SOUP is a micro granting dinner that celebrates creative projects in the city and has helped
Detroiters giving back to Detroiters over $100,000 towards art, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education,
technology and urban agriculture. Amy and Detroit SOUP have recently been honored as a White House Champion
of Change for their crowdfunding efforts and have been featured on the BBC, the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News,
New York Times, and NBC Nightly News. The luncheon promises to be a rewarding event for everyone involved.
We invite you to be a sponsor of this exciting annual event.
For more information about the event and participation opportunities, please contact the Foundation office at
486.797.6953 or visit the Web site at Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help
guide tomorrow’s leaders!
Thank you, 2015 Career Focus sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals
Corporate Sponsors
Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc.
Barton Malow
Charter Township of Shelby
DTE Energy
Emagine Entertainment
GLP & Associates
Integrated Design Solutions
Macomb Community College
Messina Trucking
Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home
Major Table Sponsors
City of Sterling Heights
Crest Lincoln
C & R Plumbing & Heating
E. Gilbert & Sons
Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!
O’Reilly Rancilio
Roncelli, Inc.
Shelby Township Lions Club
Student Painters
Urban Land Consultants
Utica Community Education
Walsh College
Table Sponsors
A-1 Handyman
Baker College
Beaumont Hospital
Blanchard Agency
Bultynck & Co., PLLC
Care House
Mr. Chris Cassin
Christian Financial Credit Union
City of Utica
Crissman Elementary PTA
DeKeyser Elementary PG
Mr. Richard Duncan
Table Sponsor cont’d.
Eye Care Associates of Utica
First State Bank
J.P. Morgan Chase
Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti
Kiwanis Club of Utica/Shelby Twp.
Lusk & Albertson
Macomb Township
Dr. Donna McMinn
Michigan Planners, Inc.
MNP Corporation
Morgan Elementary PTA
Oakbrook Family Tree
Plante Moran
Shelby Travel
Mr. & Mrs. Frank & Nancy
Testing Engineers & Consultants
UCS Board of Education
Weingartz Supply Company
Wiley Coyote Parent Volunteer
Duncan Elementary PTO
Eisenhower High School
Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights
Pro-Tech Lighting
Schwarzkoff Parent Group
Mr. Jason Truman
Advisor/Source Newspapers
Macomb Daily
C & G Newspapers
Dave & Buster’s
The New Rink
Sterling Heights Regional Chamber
of Commerce & Industry
Arts & Idols evolves into Evening of Excellence
The Foundation held its seventh annual Arts & Idols Gala, now known as an Evening of
Excellence, on March 5, 2015 at the Palazzo Grande Banquet and Event Center in
Shelby Township.
The Arts & Idols Gala awarded $10,000 to 10 UCS students.
Recipients were Maggie Abell (UAIS); Austin Cassavoy (Utica); Antonia Fererara-Skiba (Stevenson); Cynda
Molina (Utica); Taylor Murphy (Utica); Maryon Patterson (Stevenson); Simran Singh (UAIS); Alana Smith
(Eisenhower) Rachel Smith (Ford II); and Allison Thomas (Eisenhower).
The Arts & Idols Gala supported visual and performing arts students.
Funds raised at last year’s event enabled UCS high school students to attend The Detroit Area Film &
Television workshop. Additionally, district students attended the Macomb Community College Summer Show
Choir Camp.
The Arts & Idols Gala supported post-secondary experiences for qualifying UCS graduates.
Again, thru funds raised at the Evening of Excellence, almost $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded since
2010. Career & Technical Education students also were granted scholarships. Thirty-five UCS graduate
students used these $1,000 Superintendent’s Scholarships to pursue their post-secondary educational dreams.
The Arts & Idols Gala supports K-12 visual and performing arts teachers.
Last year, $10,000 in proceeds from the live and silent auctions went to our fine arts teachers. This year, each
high school choir program will receive $1,500 and an additional $5,000 will be made available in grants to
junior high and elementary music programs.
This year’s event will be held at the Palazzo Grande on March 10 th.
The festivities will include talented vocalists from all four UCS high schools and the UAIS. Alicia Michilli, an
Eisenhower High School graduate and finalist on America’s Got Talent will perform. In addition, live and silent
auctions will feature artwork by UCS students, faculty, and professional artists.
Arts & Idols supporters in 2015
Presenting Sponsor
GCA Services
Ph.D. Degree
Master’s Degree
Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc.
Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
University of Michigan - Flint
Utica Education Association
Bachelor’s Degree
AdvancePath Academies
Barton Malow
Discovery Education
DTE Energy
Emagine Macomb
Integrated Design Solution
Kaiser Studio
Rizzo Environmental Services
Shelby Township Lions Club
Stifel Nicolaus & Company
Associate’s Degree
A-1 Handyman
Heather Abell
Byrum & Fisk Communications
Clark Hill PLC
Collins & Blaha, P.C.
Detroit Institute of Arts Friends &
Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights
Gene Klida
Lusk & Albertson
Macomb Community College
Metro Electric Engineering
Tech., Inc.
Moceri & Company, PC
Plante Moran, PLLC
Family of Allison Thomas
Steve & Pam Truman
UCS Business & Finance
UCS Cluster 1 Principals
UCS Cluster 2 Principals
UCS Cluster 3 Principals
Utica Education Association
Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral
In-Kind Contributions
Andrew Marke Salons
Atlas Jewelers
Karen Borbolla
Josephine Braun
Sue Chown
Linda Colton
Joseph Elliott
Lisa Gruenwald
Dr. Robert A. Martin
Amy May
Jamie Pangborn
Susan Rosso
Todd Daniels
Robert Van Camp
Bob & Pat Wilcox
Congratulations, Superintendent’s
Scholarship recipients - Class of 2015
Sara Abbott - AdvancePath Academy
McKenzie Allen – Eisenhower
Alexandra Davis - Eisenhower
Shawn Spezia - Eisenhower
Karlie Bilbrey - Henry Ford
Antionette Dedvukaj - Henry Ford
Danielle Maxwell - Henry Ford
Alex Sorgi - Henry Ford
Noah Berge – Stevenson
Anthony Dostine - Stevenson
Michael Polakowski - Stevenson
Nicholas Weingartz – Stevenson
Lindsay Lundquist – UAIS
Preston Dukes – Utica
Brienna Ledbetter – Utica
Jacob Stout – Utica
Andrzej Wasilewski – Utica
Les Haley - Stevenson
Bradley Paquette - AdvancePath Academy
Isabella Borbolla - Eisenhower
Kayla Grundy - Eisenhower
Reece Troia - Eisenhower
Kelly Christiansen - Henry Ford
Abhijit Ghuman - Henry Ford
Jessica McHale - Henry Ford
Meagan Zablocki - Henry Ford
Jessica Cline - Stevenson
Linda Gjonaj - Stevenson
Miriam Roumieh - Stevenson
Michelle Wesner - Stevenson
Jasmine Paul - UAIS
Caroline Franzen - Utica
Trevor Macks - Utica
Olivia Szathmari - Utica
Samantha Ackerman – Stevenson
Our 2016 “fun”-Raisers need support
The Foundation’s “fun”-raising events to benefit Utica Community Schools students are possible
only because of the benevolence and support of friends and colleagues like you! Won’t you
please plan to join us this year at these great events? Contact the Foundation office at
586.797.6953 or visit to learn how to get involved.
Evening of Excellence
Thursday, March 10, 2016
at Palazzo Grande
Career Focus Luncheon
Tuesday, May3, 2016 and
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
at Palazzo Grande
New for 2016
Teacher Grant Program
The Foundation is excited to announce the Teacher Grant Program. In addition to ongoing support of the
district’s K-12 art and vocal music teachers, the Foundation will allocate $10,000 for the 2016-17 school year.
Grant applications were distributed to all UCS teachers in February. Recipients will be announced in the
A Gift for Children
During the past year, the Foundation was pleased to provide scholarship and educational programming support to enhance
educational experiences for students across the district:
Scholarships –
Burr Elementary Scholarship
Jessica Douglas - $500
Rachel Magliulo - $250
Schwarzkoff Elementary
Michael Polakowski - $250
Holtgren-Groblicki Memorial Scholarship
Alyssa Jaworski - $1,000
Mary Stephen Memorial Scholarship
Crystal Jajjo - $1,000
Alyssa Jaworski - $1,000
Colleen Williams - $1,000
Arts & Idols Gala proceeds to
Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund - $35,000
Learning Opportunities –
Science Olympiad: $1,000
General educational support
Our mission can only be accomplished when generous individuals, groups and businesses support
the Foundation through gifts and grants.
Supporters have also provided contributions in honor or memory of a friend, colleague or family
member or have made other special gifts to the Foundation. The following such gifts were
received in 2015:
Sustaining Donor: Lynn and Paul Alandt Fund
Memorials: Donations were received in memory of
Mary Stephen

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