Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

NEF Awards $36,075 in School Grants

NEF supported a grant for Community Reading Day 2018 for all Northborough Elementary Schools and Melican Middle School. (NEF Grants Chair Susan Ogar, Proctor Principal Alana Cyr, Zeh Principal Sue Whitten, Lincoln Street Principal Jennifer Parson, Peaslee Principal Jill Barnhardt, Melican Principal Michelle Karb, NEF Communications Chair Noel Silvia)

On September 15th, NEF awarded $36,075 in funds to 18 grant recipients during a special ceremony held at the Northborough Free Library.

To learn more about the grants funded, click here.

Third Annual Applefest Gala Tickets on Sale August 1st!

Join NEF for a night of Cocktails and Dancing Under the Stars. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres followed by dancing to live music provided by Fever ( Cocktail attire is requested.

The Gala will be held on Friday, September 15th at 7:30 at the Juniper Hills Golf Course Pavilion.

Tickets are $50/person and can be purchased August 1st at Lowe’s Market or online at








3rd Annual Applefest Gala






Save the Date!

The 3rd annual Applefest Gala will be held on Friday, September 15th at 7:30 at the Juniper Hill Golf Course. Tickets go on sale August 1st.

Come join us for cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres and dancing with “Fever” (


All proceeds support the Northborough Education Foundation

Team Trivia 2017

Forty-eight teams matched wits at NEF’s 8th annual Team Trivia Night held on April 7, which resulted in raising $15,500 in profit.

The top three scores were extremely close with the winning team, The Dream Team, scoring 77 points. The team members of The Dream Team included Tony Armata, Chuck Hart, Jason Perrault, and Kris Benson. Let’s Look It Up came in second place with 75 points and Jolly Ranchers took third place with 72 points.

The best costume award went to Trophy Wives, comprised of staff members from Robert E. Melican Middle School.

The panel of judges included Rita Matraia, Tom Lowe, Beverly Mulkey, Pat Montimurro, John Coderre, and Fred George.

Event sponsors were Metrowest Painting, St. Mary’s Credit Union, realtor Karen Scopetski, Metrowest Oral Surgical Associates, realtor Michelle Gillespie and LifeCare Physical Therapy.

Princess Tea Party May 6th

NEF invites you to the 5th annual Mother/Daughter Princess Tea Party on Saturday, May 6 from 2 pm – 4 pm at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough.

Appearances by Ariel and Belle are scheduled so be sure to bring a camera and wear your princess attire.

Reservations are required and spots fill up quickly. To register, click here.

Team Trivia Night 2017 Announced


Time to brush up on your trivia. The annual NEF Team Trivia Night will be held on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at the Doubletree, 5400 Computer Drive in Westborough. Doors open at 7 pm and first question is at 7:30 pm.

Register before March 24th at the early bird cost of $140 per team. After this date, the cost will increase to $160/team. Spectators are welcome with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Click here for complete details, or

Register online today!

All proceeds will benefit NEF. Your entry fee is a tax-deductible contribution to NEF, a registered 501(c)3 organization.




Chromebook Campaign Goal Reached!

NEF is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the extreme generosity of local residents and businesses alike, we have reached our goal of raising $50,000 for the purchase of more than 200 new Chromebooks for Northborough’s K-12 schools. The NEF Chromebook Campaign was launched on April 1st of 2016 with a live “paddle raise” at our annual Team Trivia Night. The paddle raise brought in over $8000 to kickstart the campaign. In the year following, NEF has received donations from individuals and families in Northborough, “Evenings for Education” hosts, and a number of local businesses including T. Rose Karate (who donated 100% of proceeds from an Intro to Karate fundraiser), Central One Federal Credit Union, Liquid Ice, Northboro House of Pizza, Emily Jane Designs and LulaRoe.

The largest donations came in from several campaign sponsors who generously contributed 10 or more Chromebooks to the campaign. These include: Wheelhouse Wealth Advisors, The Staples Foundation, Haven Restoration and the Northborough Chiropractic Center.

NEF wishes to thank all those who helped us to realize our goal. Thanks to your generous support, Northborough students will have much greater access to the technology they need to propel their literacy and achievement in 21st century skills.




2016 grant ceremony awards $38,400 to schools

NEF President Marile Borden, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Peaslee Teacher Lisa Miranda, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

Awarding grant for Imagination Playground. (left to right: NEF President Marile Borden, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Peaslee Teacher Lisa Miranda, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush)(photo by Sue Ogar)

NEF awarded $38,400 in funds to 14 grant recipients during a special ceremony held at the Northborough Free Library on Sept. 13.

The descriptions of each grant award and photos of the recipients can be found here.

Applefest Gala raises $15K for NEF grants


The popular mystery baskets were back this year for the Gala containing items from Northborough local businesses. Two even contained Amazon Echos.


Over 300 guests attended the sold out second annual Applefest Gala, which was held on Sept. 16, 2016 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough. Proceeds of almost $15,000 will help to fund grants for Northborough public schools.
The event Cocktails and Dancing under the Stars highlight was the 7-piece Western MA band Fever, which kept the dance floor packed all night. The popular mystery baskets returned this year containing items from Northborough local businesses. Two baskets contained Amazon Echos. In addition a silent auction was held and a raffle for a diamond necklace donated by J Briggs & Company, a local custom jeweler designer.

The Gala was hosted by Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) and Northboro Local First (NLF). Its focus was community building, promoting local business and raising funds for Northborough public schools.
NEF President and member of NLF Marile Borden said the idea of an Applefest Gala was born over coffee as the two organizations met to discuss how they could work together.

“Thanks to an amazing committee of dedicated and hard-working women from both organizations,” said Borden, “it has turned into more than we could have ever hoped or imagined it would be in just two years.”

Tickets for the Gala sold out in just one week this year.

“It’s a testament how positively the community received the event,” said Borden. “We now have an additional $15,000 to fulfill grant requests from the remarkable teachers and administrators in our town.”

NEF funds grants each year to improve curriculum, programs and services above and beyond the level supported by the annual school budget. It was able to award $38,400 in grants in 2016. It also kicked off a 15 month Chromebook Campaign in the spring with a goal of $50,000. To date, that campaign has raised $13,500.

NLF is a collaborative effort by local, independent small business owners, community members, nonprofit organizations and all stakeholders of the Northborough community to help build & maintain a vibrant local economy.