On Thursday night, March 30, the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund (SAF) celebrated 80 years of helping local students afford college with a Birthday Bash fundraiser at the Larchmont Shore Club. Past presidents of the organization from five decades were honored with a champagne toast.
Claudia Huter, owner of the Larchmont Music Academy and a 1991 scholarship recipient, and Kevin Duarte, a first-generation college student who received a scholarship in 2013, shared their stories of how SAF funds helped make their dreams of college reality.
The Mamaroneck High School Jazz band played as 250 guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne provided by Wine Gems and a giant Birthday cake from Bradleys. According to SAF president, Amy Guenzl, “Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to raise more than $160,000 which we will use to award scholarships to the Mamaroneck High School class of 2017 as well as future classes.” She adds, “The SAF has given more than 1,700 scholarships over our 80 years, but we have been a low-key organization and not everyone in the community knows about us. Another goal of the Birthday Bash was to raise awareness for the SAF which we hope will allow us to raise funds and give need-based scholarships for another 80 years.”
For more information on the SAF or to donate, visit MLSAF.org