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Lakeland Education Foundation Honors Four At Annual Casino Night In Mahopac

Robert Bergmann
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SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- The Lakeland Education Foundation will honor four members of the Lakeland Central School District community at its annual casino night, silent auction and dinner dance to be held at the Villa Barone in Mahopac on Saturday, March 5.

This year’s honorees include Thomas and Vanessa DiLorenzo of Funflatables, Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School Principal Robert Bergmann, and Board of Education Trustee and former LEF Treasurer Michael Daly.

“We are proud to honor these community members and staff who have continued to lend support each and every day for the LEF’s efforts,” said LEF President Diane Kness.

“We are overwhelmed that our business, Funflatables, is being recognized by the Lakeland Education Foundation,” said Tommy and Vanessa Dilorenzo. “The grants the foundation fulfills each year play a major part in enhancing the educational experience of the students in Lakeland. As proud parents of three Lakeland students as well as being teaching staff in and out of the district, we know how important it is for children to have an education which is supported by innovative programs.”

Bergmann said he is humbled to be recognized by the Lakeland Education Foundation and is honored to share this with Board of Education Trustee Mike Daly and the DiLorenzo family, who donate so much of their time and energy to the district via their Funflatables business. “The foundation does amazing things for the district and allows teachers to provide students with opportunities that will enrich the quality of their education tremendously,” said Bergmann.

Daly said of his recognition, “ Being able to contribute to the efforts of the district’s most dedicated educators has been tremendously rewarding. To be recognized with this year’s other very worthy honorees, Rob Bergmann, and the DiLorenzos, is truly humbling. I encourage every district parent and friend of the district to get involved for the benefit of our students."

The foundation’s goal is to better the $45,000 amount that was raised last year at this, the LEF’s largest fundraising event.

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