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06Nov 2017

On Tuesday, October 17th REF held their 2nd Annual Honoree Breakfast. REF is blessed with having many wonderful people who give of their time and talent each and every year. Thank you to all who attended the event including RTSD Superintendent Mr. Ken Bachelor.

Those receiving honors included:

Mr. Patrick Larkin, Pat has shared that in his wide experience, Radnor Township School District is among the highest-performing school systems, an exemplary district he is pleased to support by giving generously as a corporate sponsor of the Radnor Educational Foundation.

Hugh and Carolyn Braithwaite as our Partners in Excellence. Their generosity through personal and corporate giving and sincere interest in the organization’s grant initiatives has informed the direction of REF’s evolution

Anthony Stevenson and Denik Herrin, our 2017 Visionary Leaders. Because of their vision and leadership, because they have consistently demonstrated the convictionand courage to speak on behalf of students whose voices are sometimes silent, whose families are oftentimes unseen, the Radnor Educational Foundation is morecompassionate in serving our vision.

Sheryl Parente, For her leadership, dedication and countless hours of service on behalf of Radnor students and our community, our 2017 Exemplary Board Member.

20Oct 2017


The weather held out! We had a wonderful, family friendly, evening watching THE INCREDIBLES outside on the lawn of the Radnor Middle School. Thank you to the team at RMS for helping REF to pull it all off. Blankets were spread, visiting and “friend-raising” happened. A good time was had by all.









We thank our new Business Partners in Education : Little Nest Portraits, Out There Outfitters, Waterdog Computer Works, Wayne Art Supplies & Custom Framing, Rhoads Crossing, Matador Restaurant, AME Salon and Spa, Pipeline Taco, Kids ‘N Kribs, Margaret Kuo’s Restaurants, Argus Printing and Invitation Studio and Belladonna Gifts.

10Oct 2017

REF is approached for a wide array of grants each season. This year we were very happy to take part in the grant which helped to provide school supplies for those children at Wayne Elementary Schools who could not afford the basics.   With each grant we request that those who have requested the funds provide us with a summary of how the grant was received and utilized. Here is an overview of the WES school supply grant.

Title of Project: School Supplies for WES Students
Grant Amount: Not to exceed $2000
Grant Cycle: Winter
Project Date(s): 1 st day of school 2017

Grant Recipient Name: Denick Herrin & Tracy Tracy
School: Wayne Elementary
1. Brief project recap/description.
Over the last few years, WES has struggled to meet the needs of many children who
come to school with little or no school supplies due to socio-economic factors. The
WES PTO began a school supplies fundraiser with all profit going towards boxes
for needy students. However, there was a large gap between what the PTO was
able to cover and the number of children in need. Therefore, we asked REF to
partner with the PTO so all children could start the year with the school supplies
they need for a successful year. This year, with the support of REF, school supplies
were distributed to over 35 children and there were a few addtional boxes of
supplies available for the guidance counselor, Tracy Tracy, to draw from during the
year when the need arises.

2. Project Impact:
a. Explain how the grant enhanced student learning and/or improved teaching
practices. Basic school supplies are important for any student to have a
successful school year.
b. Did the project meet your anticipated goals? Please describe in detail. Yes,
everyone involved is pleased and thankful that the school supplies were available
for identified students at the beginning of the year.

c.Did the project deliver any unanticipated results? Teachers were vocal with
their relief that all students in their classroom were covered. It is an obvious
stressor on the first day of school for the children without supplies, but it may not
have been as known that the teachers were carrying the stress as well.
d. In retrospect, what would you have done differently to improve the project?
There is discussion about changing the vendor and also allowing parents to pick
up boxes prior to the first day of school.

3. Sustainability and/or replicability:
a. What are your specific plans for continuing the work started by this project.
The PTO will continue to work with Tracy Tracy in guidance to find ways to
provide school supplies for all students in need. It is our hope that REF will
continue to partner with the PTO in this endeavor.
b. Provide a recommendation for the grant to be replicated in other classrooms
or schools.
This can easily be replicated/implemented in the other elementary schools if they
chose to participate in the fundraiser for their families or tie in to the WES
fundraiser. Once needs are identified at IES and RES, boxes for these students
could be purchased at the same time as the WES boxes.

4. Budget:
a. List the project budget with actual expenditures.
Staples receipts: $1595.08
PTO profit from fundraiser: $478
Total from REF: $1117.08
Note: A number of boxes (at least five) were donated through the fundraiser
which reduced purchase costs as well.

08Sep 2017

We may not have been in the office every day, but our grants were at work this summer! We were pleased to support grants at the elementary level and the high school level.

Radnor Summer Reading Camp

This summer, Radnor Township School District hosted a Summer Reading Camp for select students in all grades. The program provided the opportunity for students to continue building on what they learned during the 2016-17 school year and better prepare them for the upcoming year.

Students in the camp celebrated all they learned with a celebratory trip to Children’s Book World in Haverford, funded by the Radnor Educational Foundation. Students earned “book bucks” for each day they attended camp with a bonus if they had perfect attendance. After selecting books with the book bucks, students topped it off with a stop at Yapple Yogurt for a final treat.

We are so pleased to see the success of this program for students. The funds for this grant were $4,500.




Radnor High School Courtyard Renovation

REF is happy to provide partial funding through a student advised grant to the Radnor High School Student Council to renovate the school’s current courtyard into a safe and modernized outdoor space for all students to learn and socialize while appreciating nature. With support from faculty advisor Kathy Pearsall, Student Council members worked closely with teacher Craig Leister’s Civil Engineering class to develop the proposed renovation plans. The renovation plans recommended repurposing part of the existing greenhouse into a seating area with counters, benches and a charging station; the addition of an outdoor, WiFi-equipped classroom space; new furniture under the existing canopy and in other spaces where students could gather and eat lunch.

This student advised grant involved renovating the courtyard at RHS to be a more useful, multi-purpose area.  The grant was begun in the 2016-2017 school year . The renovation was designed by RHS civil engineering and architecture students with additional work being done by student council members.  The RHS  administration and building maintenance crew were supportive in getting everything installed for the start of the school year.

We loved to see the students that proposed this grant work with fellow students to raise their own funds and work with administration to complete the project. It is sure to be enjoyed by the whole student body at the High School for years to come. 

REF Grant total for this project was $8000.


12May 2017

Cool weather and scattered showers couldn’t stop partygoers and Radnor Educational Foundation supporters from attending Paramour’s 6th Annual Kentucky Derby Party at the Wayne Hotel this past Saturday, May 6, 2017. Bulleit Bourbon Mint Juleps, Red and White wine, and Champagne were served to a stylish sell-out crowd, along with an assortment of savory butlered hors d’oeuvres including Buttermilk Fried Oysters, Jalapeño Hushpuppies with Pimento Cheese, Braised Brisket Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs, and Bass Ceviche with Cucumber Agua Chile. Southern-inspired sweets such as Mini Pecan Pie Tartlets, Peach Cobbler, and Red Velvet Cupcakes were also served for dessert. The weather may have been chilly, but party guests were looking haute haute haute! Both men and women came dressed to impress in their finest Derby attire, but only a few lucky ladies and gents would take home the title “Best Dressed” for the Derby Contest. First, Second and Third Place winners were awarded prizes including $100 Gift Cards to Essent Spa at The Radnor Hotel and Jay Michael Salon and Spa Radnor, bottles of wine and Bulleit Bourbon, and a Kendra Scott Necklace valued at $175! As post time drew near, anticipation and excitement grew as everyone gathered around TVs in the Lobby Lounge, Bistro Bar, and out on the Veranda to watch the 143rd “Run for the Roses”. Clearly, there were quite a few happy “Always Dreaming” fans in attendance. Paramour and Radnor Educational Foundation would like to thank all of the party guests who purchased tickets to this charitable event. You helped make it another fun-filled Kentucky Derby Party and a successful fundraiser, raising $4,850 for the Radnor Educational Foundation.

27Mar 2017

A big thank you to Steven Bajus and Paramour for choosing REF to be the beneficiary of the 6th Annual Kentucky Derby Party . Get your tickets and break out your best hat for this sure to be fabulous event.

Enjoy and array of derby inspired hors d’oeuvres , mint juleps, specially reserved wines and sweets while you watch the race events live in the lobby lounge and out on the veranda.

Tickets are limited. Get yours now at :


26Jan 2017

It is our favorite time of year! Time for our benefit event! This benefit is the major fundraiser for Radnor Educational Foundation and supports this next years grants.

We are excited to change it up this year! Co-Chaired by Julie Kelly and Julie Granson, they chose the location of the Main Line Jaguar / Range Rover Dealership in Wayne and decided on the theme of Denim and Diamonds. Get ready for some fun! Music from the RHS Jazz Band followed by DJ and food from everyone’s favorite Nick’s Roast Beef in the Food Truck! Live and silent Auction items will be hotly contested for sure with a list including

· A tween birthday package including photo session with friends

· Original artwork including a piece from Lilly Pulitzer

· A full orthodontia treatment and teeth whitening

· Golf for three and lunch with a Radnor member at Merion

· Tickets to sporting events with special access including the Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, Penn State football and hockey

· Radnor High school packages, including Radnor crest cufflinks

· Vacations and Staycations, including a two night stay at Deer Valley and a private tour of the PMA collection

And…. the mystery box donated by Craiger Drake Designs ( valued at $3500) 

Buy your chance now – they are going fast.

05Sep 2016

Saturday, October 15 One Team, One Dream III
The Radnor Raiders take on the Harlem Wizards at RHS for this family event
Stay Tuned for Ticket link.

November Rock with REF
Join friends for a night of casual fun with entertainment by a local favorite

Saturday, February 11 Annual Benefit
Music, dancing, and auction at St. Davids Golf Club

Saturday, May 6 Derby Party
The annual event at Wayne Hotel’s Paramour benefits REF in 2017

CALL US AT 610-688-8100 EXT. 6036 OR 6666

REF awards grants each year in November, February and May

Additional information will be shared in the Radnor Reader

20Jun 2016

The Radnor Educational Foundation is proud to share with the Radnor Township School District community a video recap showing how the foundation partnered with the district and its parent-teacher organizations to fund possibilities, build futures and enrich our community during the 2015-16 school year.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators & the REF board reflect on the 2015-16 school year.
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