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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02May 2016

Here are the upcoming REF events and deadlines happening.

May 6 th – 2016 REF Educator Impact Award nominations due. Completed applications can be dropped off in the RHS main office. This is your chance to help us recognize the noteworthy contributions of an educator who consistently goes above and beyond to make RHS a great place for our students.

May 9 th – all RHS Student Board Member applications due

May 13 th – RMS Schools To Watch Celebration (we were one of only 6 schools in PA to receive this designation!). There will be music, guest speakers and a banner presentation. RMS 1:45-2:30

May 21 st – Viva Radnor dinner party at the Gransons. Spots still available – call 610.688.8100×6

May 25 th – Outward Bound High Ropes for our RHS Student Ambassadors – this is our first grant funded by our Student Directed Fund (which was funded by the proceeds of past Wizards events)

May 26 th – Wall of Honor Ceremony at RHS

June 1 – REF Annual Meeting open to all- 

Hosted at the Radnor High School Library starting at 7:30 pm

June 2 nd – One Book, One Radnor Kick-off event at RHS

12Apr 2016

spring6Radnor Educational Foundation has a lot happening this spring!  Stay tuned on our Facebook page for up to date announcements and check here on the website for more detailed descriptions of grants and events.

APRIL 21 : Candyce Wilson honored as Wayne Business Association Community Service Award recipient at the Wayne Art Center

MAY 9 : Deadline to submit student board representative applications see pdf

MAY 15 : Deadline to submit nominations for Mark Schellenger Educator Impact Award see pdf download

MAY 21 : Viva Radnor Party for REF at the home of  David and Julie Granson.  For more information or to RSVP: 610-688-8100 ext 6666

MAY 26 : RHS Wall of Honor Dedication

JUNE 1 : REF Annual Open Board Meeting, 7pm  Location to be determined.

08Oct 2015

Radnor Educational Foundation recently funded the Ithan Elementary Rain Garden in conjunction with the Delaware River Keepers. It is so exciting to see a grant in action.

Want to get involved with this project?Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 17, for any hours available. Contact John Nystedt john@delawareriverkeeper.org by Oct. 10. Pizza will be provided for lunch. Please bring a trowel and shovel if you have one. Many will be provided.

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28Aug 2015

THE WIZARDS ARE COMING! Join us Saturday, November 7 at 4pm for “One Team, One Dream II” as the RADNOR RAIDER ALL STARS play the Harlem Wizards in an epic rematch. All seats $15. Tickets available online now at www.harlemwizards.com by clicking on BUY TICKETS and finding our game date on the Wizards event calendar. Hurry – this event sold out early last year. You’ll be glad you came!

23Jun 2015

CandyceCandyce Wilson will complete her three year tenure as President on June 30. Candyce began her volunteer service with REF as a member of the grants committee when her two sons were students at Wayne Elementary School, and later served as the committee chair. She also chaired REF’s annual gala.

Under Candyce’s guidance, REF has more fully realized its mission to enrich the educational experience and encourage innovative opportunities for RTSD students. REF has granted funds in a wide range of new areas, including social and emotional wellness, digital and distance learning, environmental sustainability, and a recently launched community internship program for Radnor High School students.

Thanks to Candyce’s leadership, REF increased fundraising, granting in excess of $100,000 in the first year of her presidency, an over fifty percent increase over the previous year. REF has continued to grant over $100,000 annually for the past three years, a significant achievement for a foundation serving a district of Radnor’s size. Candyce will continue to serve on the REF board in 2015-16 as past president. Current treasurer Gretchen Anderson will be REF’s next President.

10Jun 2015

REF is proud to have students from RHS serve on our board of trustees. This year we are seeing two of our members graduate.
Wyly Anderson has been on the board for two years and will be heading off to Princeton. He has been a very involved student and Radnor and we know he will do great things in his college career.

Natalie Beers was also a very involved student while at RHS. From the Crew Team to the band and Meistersingers and Madrigals she enjoyed it all. Natalie has a love of sailing and we know she is going to sail off to her college career at the College of William and Mary and be a great success.
We thank them both for their time and dedication to being a part of REF