Real Estate Fundraiser For Verona Schools

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Verona’s public schools superintendent, Steven A. Forte, kicked off another fundraiser for the Verona Foundational for Educational Excellence. A Verona real estate broker and a Fairfield-based mortgage lender pledged to donate $1,500 apiece to VFEE for each Verona real estate transaction they handle between now and December 31.

The program involves Taylor Real Estate of Verona and 1st American Lending, and builds on fundraisers that both firms had pursued independently. Taylor Real Estate, owned by Glen Taylor, was already pledging $1,000 to a charity for each of its closings, while 1st American had been involved with a fundraiser that led to the construction of a new high school for Union City.

Forte was optimistic about the prospects for the new fundraiser. “At $1,500 each, it will add up quickly,” he said. Forte’s unconventional fundraising efforts–ads on the schools Web site and email newsletters, sponsorships and more, netted $107,000 for Verona during the last school year. They also have offset costs that the district would have incurred. After Forte met 1st American’s president, Fred Stringham, the firm sponsored the printing of a brochure about Verona schools’ accomplishments that was distributed to area real estate brokers.

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As with the DeCozen car fundraiser earlier this year, funds raised by the real estate program will go to VFEE or the Caldwell/West Caldwell Education Foundation (CWCEF), depending on the town involved. VFEE funds grants to Verona public school teachers twice a year, to the tune of $30,000 last year. One of those grants brought a prominent composer to H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, who presented an assembly on music composition and created a concert band piece that HBW’s Gold Band performed at the spring concert.

There will be an announcement of the real estate program in today’s Friday Folder.

Fred Stringham of 1st American Lending and Glen Taylor of Taylor Real Estate launch the fundraiser with Mary Ann Campion of the Caldwell/West Caldwell Education Foundation and Douglas Smith, of the Verona Foundation For Educational Excellence. Dr. James Heinegg, superintendent, Caldwell-West Caldwell School District and Verona Superintendent Steven A. Forte are to the back of the photo.
Fred Stringham of 1st American Lending and Glen Taylor of Taylor Real Estate launch the fundraiser with Mary Ann Campion of the Caldwell/West Caldwell Education Foundation and Douglas Smith of the Verona Foundation For Educational Excellence. Dr. James Heinegg, superintendent, Caldwell-West Caldwell School District and Verona Superintendent Steven A. Forte are to the back of the photo.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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