BRUNSWICK — “Can I come to the SPARK?”

That was the question I got from my girls as I put on my sparkly attire and headed out the door to the Brunswick Community Education Foundation’s recent event.

BCEF is a local non-profit that provides grants for innovative projects in Brunswick’schools.

As I was getting ready, my girls found sparkly nail polish, a silver sequin dress, and a flashing sequined cowboy hat and impressed upon my husband and I that we ought to bring them to the party.

The SPARK was a grand celebration of how BCEF has “sparked” ideas from teachers, community members and other school staff to enrich the experiences of students.

The party itself was a great success — a sell-out crowd of 180 people danced until after 10:30 p.m.

BCEF would like to send a tremendous thank you to eveveryone in the community who attended or provided support for The SPARK.

Riley Insurance provided funding for the event and Frontier, the event’s host, graciously discounted the use of is space, as well as the food and beverages they served.

And, photographer Michele Stapleton offered her services free of charge.

Guests enjoyed festive Spark cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to opening remarks by Brunswick School Assistant Superintendent, Pender Makin, as well as BCEF board President Steve Johnson and board member Alex Pantaz.

This was followed by a raffle for an array of donated items including gift certificates from Wild Oats Bakery, Flight Deck Brewing Co., and Henry and Marty Restaurant, to name a few.

Then, guests were introduced to some of BCEF’s recent projects through a short video.

Members of the local band Racer-X appeared in colorful punk wigs and shimmery costumes to play familiar ’80s rock tunes.

It was just the right era for many of the young parents in the group to make good use of Frontier’s spacious new event room by dancing the night away.

Other guests could be found around the foosball tables, tossing beanbags in a game of corn hole, or testing their precision skills by playing a giant game of Jenga.

The SPARK was truly an inspiring and celebratory event for adults in the community and an opportunity to learn more about BCEF and the work that they do to support local schools.

On Monday, the Cook’s Corner McDonald’s will support BCEF by donating 20 percent of all sales between 5 and 7 p.m.

BCEF will have a table there with information about their projects and to answer questions.

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