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12th Annual Night of Stars Talent Show
Makes Triumphant Return

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Community Talent Show raises almost $20,000 for Manchester Essex Schools

The stars were sparkling brightly on Saturday at the Spaulding Education Fund’s 12th Annual Night of Stars Talent Show. This year the gala production featured 40 performers from throughout the community.  The show was led by the Masters of Ceremonies Quinn Brady and Beckett Walker and produced by MERSD teacher Tyler Garofalo.

Students from all four MERSD schools showcased their talents, with the youngest performer in kindergarten at Manchester Memorial Elementary. The audience was treated to banjo, piano, guitar, and tenor sax performances, as well as songs from a kid rock band; ballet, tap and jazz dances; parody rap music; a gymnastics routine; a performance by the high school a capella group The Soundwaves; and other fabulous acts.

The Spaulding Education Fund was delighted to host the 12th year of the talent showcase, bringing back Night of Stars after a brief pause during the pandemic. The Spaulding Education Fund is an independent, non-profit organization supporting programs that enhance the MERSD curriculum beyond the tax-supported budget. With the generous support of attendees and sponsors, this year the fundraiser exceeded all expectations, raising almost $20,000 for the organization. 

A special thank you was noted to the large team of volunteers who helped produce the event, from ushers and stage assistants to audio-visual specialists and janitorial staff. Concessions were provided by the MERHS Robotics Team, a Spaulding Education Fund grant recipient.

“The 12th Annual Night of Stars was an overwhelming success, with 23 incredible acts and a supportive community filling the auditorium. We are so grateful to our sponsors, the performers, and everyone who helped create this special night,” said SEF Steering Committee Member Wendy Brady, who spearheaded the event. “This event is such an important way to show community support for our outstanding public school system,” added Brooke Orr, SEF Steering Committee Co-Chair.

Night of Stars sponsors included: North Shore Orthodontics, Grand Banks Building Products, BoSoma Dance Company, A. Lyons & Company, Henley Design, Mayer Tree Service, Dunkin' Donuts of Essex, Arjuna Capital, North Shore Drain & Sewer, Safar Boston, Pediatric Health Care Associates, Sports Medicine North, Kelly Jeep Chrysler, Red Barn Architecture, Gurley Eye Care, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Carvalho & Associates, P.C., North Shore Ear Nose and Throat, Wolf Educational Advising, High Street Advisors, Amy Kingman Consulting, and Bonaccorso & Associates.

Spaulding Education Fund is wrapping up its annual fundraising appeal. School staff or students wishing to apply for a grant from SEF will find an application on the website when the spring grant cycle opens shortly.

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Spaulding Education Fund is an independent, non-profit organization providing support for programs that enhance the academic curriculum of the Manchester Essex Regional School District. Learn more about Spaulding Education Fund.

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SEF raises money and solicits tax-deductible donations to support educational grants submitted by teachers, administrators as well as students. SEF has no endowment and relies completely on donations made by members of our community.

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Grant applications are submitted by teachers, administrators as well as students.  SEF encourages grants that advance educational excellence by enhancing the student curriculum with innovative ideas in core learning areas such as math, science, technology, engineering, literacy, humanities, art, music, as well as health and wellness.

SEF will fund grants that advocate for educational initiatives, tools, materials that enrich, advance, and enliven the classroom experience.

Our organization makes strategic investments in compelling educational initiatives in the MERSD.

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