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Kettering Jaycees Foundation Donates $50,000 to the Kettering Education Foundation

Kettering OH, - On April 25, 2009 at the Kettering Mayor’s Charity Ball, the Kettering Jaycees Foundation presented the Kettering Education Foundation with a check for $50,000. The monies will fund the newly formed Kettering Jaycee’s Foundation Automotive Fund.  

In 2008, the Kettering Jaycee’s Foundation made the decision to disband after 13 years of service to the community. The Jaycee’s have long been know for their tremendous support to the Kettering community in the way of scholarships and specific community projects, as well as their signature event, the “Friday Night Cruise-In”. The “Friday Night Cruise-In” originally started at Parkmoor on Woodman Drive and then eventually moved to the Kettering Towne Center. Over the 14-year life of the Kettering Jaycee’s Foundation, the organization was able to donate thousands of dollars to various organizations. The Foundation members were all former Kettering Jaycees members who were friends and all shared a love of cars. Therefore, when they decided to disband the Kettering Jaycees Foundation it was an easy decision to have the money go toward a automotive program of some form.

“It is a bitter-sweet day for the Kettering Jaycee’s Foundation,” said John Tschihart, Kettering Jaycee’s Foundation President “The Cruise-Ins and concession stand at the Holiday @ Home event were a lot of fun, but ultimately it was just proving to be too much work, but we are very happy that all the money we raised from selling hamburgers and Pepsi was enough to fund a scholarship account that will always remind people of our organization.”

The $50,000 will be endowed with the Kettering Education Foundation, and will provide scholarships for students graduating from Fairmont High School’s automotive trades department. The scholarships will enable these students to further their education at a college of their choice.

“We are very pleased that the Kettering Jaycees Foundation chose to establish this scholarship with the Kettering Education Foundation,” said Matt Wahrhaftig, executive director of the KEF “Scholarships like this one can have a tremendous impact on the life of the student that receives them. This scholarship truly embodies everything that the Kettering Jaycee’s Foundation loved-cars, their community and philanthropic giving.

The Kettering Education Foundation is a non-profit entity that channels donations directly back into the Kettering City School District. Over the past 15 years, more than $203,000 has been granted back to the teachers and students of the Kettering City School District for innovative and extraordinary classroom-programs, and scholarships that would not have typically received funding through standard district channels.

For information on the Kettering Education Foundation go to www.ketteringeducationfoundation.org or contact (937) 294-4425 or email at  

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