It was truly a night to remember!

Dear AEF Supporters,

We are still feeling the energy that was in the room on Saturday evening as we gathered together to celebrate Dave Ranen and many of our wonderful ARPS music educators. It was truly a night to remember.


AEF sends a special thank you to our performers for sharing their immense talent: the ARHS Jazz Combo, ARMS 7th grader Phoenix Ferreira, ARHS sophomore Sophie Schweik, and the incomparable ARHS graduate Michelle Brooks-Thompson.

                                                                               Michelle Brooks-Thompson

                                                                               Michelle Brooks-Thompson

We also thank the following businesses and individuals, whose support of this event made it possible:

Major Partners

Florence Bank
DiBenedetto Electric


Amherst College
Gerry’s Music
UMass Amherst
Hampshire Gazette

Thanks also to:

Amherst Cinema
Amherst Family Chiropractic
Amherst Office Park
Atkins Farm Market
Brenda Moore Miller
Daphne Bye
Encharter Insurance
Green Street Brew
Hampshire Gymnastics
Lumberyard Restaurant
Michelle Brooks-Thompson
Miss Leticia’s Music School
Patricia Szumowski
Rose Lander
Slapin-Solomon Studios
Thorne’s Guitar
The Toy Box

On Saturday evening, we announced that we had received grant requests for the 2017-2018 academic year totaling more than $80,000.  We were thrilled to raise nearly $8,000 on Saturday night, but we still have a long way to go.  Please consider making a contribution to AEF so that we can continue our important work of bringing programs, equipment, teacher training, and more to your children’s schools.

With deepest appreciation,

Amherst Education Foundation Board of Directors