The annual Roseville Scholarship Foundation dinner dance will feature food, an open bar, music and raffles of baskets put together by each school in the district.

The annual Roseville Scholarship Foundation dinner dance will feature food, an open bar, music and raffles of baskets put together by each school in the district.

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Dinner dance to support student scholarships

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 17, 2020


ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Scholarship Foundation is inviting the public to join them for the organization’s annual dinner dance.

The event serves as one of the foundation’s three primary fundraisers throughout the year. The money raised is crucial to its mission of providing scholarships for Roseville students.

“In addition to offering students a chance to further their education, the main goal of the scholarship foundation is to raise as much money as possible so that we can offer scholarships to as many students as possible,” said Kathy Clulo, the foundation’s president. “At the dinner dance, the foundation also recognizes and thanks all the organizations, companies and individuals that have contributed money for scholarships.”

The dinner dance will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Vintage House, located at 31816 Utica Road in Fraser. Tickets purchased before Friday, Feb. 28, cost $40, and tickets purchased after cost $45. People can inquire about tickets by calling (586) 445-5505.

“We’ve done the dinner dance for many years,” explained Roseville Community Schools Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski. “The first year was 1964, and $750 in scholarships was given out. In 2018 we raised $48,000, so we were able to give out 48 scholarships. We’ve given out 1,482 since the foundation was begun. This is over $1.2 million given out as scholarships.”

The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 and can be used for virtually anything related to post-secondary education. The foundation gives out as many scholarships as it has the money to cover each year.

“We offer kids a chance,” said Clulo. “Not all kids have the opportunity to go away to school. It’s $1,000. It’s a start. They can use it for room and board, books, tuition, or anything else that helps them for school. They just have to show us a receipt and proof of enrollment for us to pay it out.”

“It gives our students the opportunity to start post-secondary education, whether it’s a four-year college or a trade school or whatever else,” Blaszkowski added. “So many students leave college with debt, so anything we can do to help with that is a win for everybody.”

The scholarships are distributed via applications that have had the names removed. They are then judged by foundation members.

The dinner dance will feature live music, raffles and an open bar.

“We have a live band called Five Second Fuse, which is the band of our music teacher Karen Marion,” said Clulo. “Each school donated a basket to raffle off (and there will also be) a 50/50 raffle. There will be dinner and dancing. It will be a great time for everyone and it supports our kids. It’s a real win for everyone in the community.”

Blaszkowski said it’s a great community event whether someone has a student in the school district or not.

“It’s a great opportunity to network, there’s great music, and you get all of that while helping students with their futures,” said Blaszkowski. “People also can purchase ads in our dance program. They can contact Diane Rogers to do this and reach her at (586) 445-5505.”

Clulo highlighted that this is a wonderful opportunity for the community and a great way to support local youth.

“It’s been going on for over 50 years. Last year we gave out 48 $1,000 scholarships. Our committee offers several ways to donate: the golf outing in the summer, the Dream Dash 5K on May 9 and regular donations,” Clulo said. “We have really good support. Our events are well attended and we get a lot of memorial donations from graduates. It really lets us bring the community together and unite them for a good cause.”