Each year, the Roseville High School community comes together for the Dream Dash to support the Roseville Scholarship Foundation. The foundation provides dozens of $1,000 scholarships each year to district students.

Each year, the Roseville High School community comes together for the Dream Dash to support the Roseville Scholarship Foundation. The foundation provides dozens of $1,000 scholarships each year to district students.

Photo provided by Joe Genest


Roseville Schools to host 6th annual Dream Dash fundraiser

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 15, 2019

 Dort Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jannis Litz and her nephew, Hank, take part in last year’s event.

Dort Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jannis Litz and her nephew, Hank, take part in last year’s event.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

 Ryan Shiemke, left, and Brendan Shiemke, middle, join their grandfather, Tom Pfeifer Sr., for the 2018 Dream Dash at Roseville High School.

Ryan Shiemke, left, and Brendan Shiemke, middle, join their grandfather, Tom Pfeifer Sr., for the 2018 Dream Dash at Roseville High School.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

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ROSEVILLE — Each year, Roseville Community Schools come together to support the Roseville Scholarship Foundation through its annual Joe Manfreda Dream Dash fun run.

Every year, the Roseville Scholarship Foundation provides dozens of $1,000 scholarships to graduating Roseville High School students. The Dream Dash was created in support of those efforts.

“This is our sixth year; we started in May of 2014,” explained foundation member Diane Rogers. “We renamed it the Joe Manfreda Dream Dash in honor of a student in the district who died. He was very active in track and cross country and won the first Dream Dash prior to his death.”

The Dream Dash will start at Roseville High School and wind its way through the city of Roseville.

“It will take place on Saturday, May 4. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m,” said Rogers. “It kicks off in front of the high school. We usually start on the track, but we had to switch it up this year. It’s $25 to register prior, and $30 to register the day of the event. Those under the age of 18 only have to pay $15 beforehand and $20 the day of the event. People can register by going to www.rosevillepride.org and following the link.”

People can also get more information by calling Rogers at (586) 445-5505.

The run was the creation of Teresa Tomala, a member of the foundation and the director of special education at the high school.

“I had been a member of the Roseville Scholarship Foundation for several years,” she said. “We had our dinner dance in the winter and the golf outing in the summer to raise money for the foundation. I had been running on my own and we had been talking about doing a spring event, and I thought this would be a great community event and one that would promote health and fitness in the community.”

The Roseville Scholarship Foundation gave out 50 scholarships in 2018, which came from its three fundraisers: the run, the dinner dance and the golf outing, as well as donations.

“Each year, we give out $1,000 scholarships to the senior class at Roseville High School,” said Rogers. “The whole class can apply. Those with a 2.0 grade point average are eligible, and they need to get two references from teachers or other community members, like someone who works with them on a volunteer project. They also have to give us a resume and letter discussing their future goals and how their classes prepared them for these goals. However many we have money for that year, we give out that many of these scholarships.”

The event was renamed in its second year in honor of Manfreda, who died of a heart condition.

“It was named the Dream Dash because we wanted to support our students’ dreams,” Tomala said. “Joe Manfreda ran in the first year we had the event. After his passing, our principal at the time, Peter Hedemark, who is our current assistant superintendent, had the idea to name it after him, because he was an avid runner and athlete.”

The event is made possible through donations and local businesses that sponsor or support the Dream Dash.

“We also have raffles for prizes, such as gift certificates from local businesses or a bucket of sauces from Famous Dave’s,” said Rogers.

The organizers say the Dream Dash is a fun way for people to contribute to their community and get out in the spring weather and exercise.

“We feel because of the high cost of higher education, if we can do something to give our students a little bit of a leg up financially, whether it’s exploring at a local community college or moving away to a university, every little bit helps,” Tomala said. “Providing support also sends a message to students that we encourage them to explore options in higher education.”

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