I am writing to announce the second annual “COS for a Cause” fundraising event on March 2. The event will be held at the Hermitage Club. There will be an auction with items including: a membership to the Hermitage Club, a Nor’Easter Ski Pass and preferred parking at Mount Snow, $1,000 gift certificate to First Trax, an original hand painted carousel horse from the talented Art Ritchie of Carousel Works, Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins tickets just to name a few of the spectacular items available for bid. All auction items are tax-deductible as the COS fund is a nonprofit organization.
The COS fund supports undergraduate students across the United States with high-financial needs achieve academic success through the gift of textbooks. Many students are limited by their inability to purchase expensive required texts and necessary learning materials. The COS fund enables students to be independent thinkers and learners by removing financial obstacles to educational achievement.
To understand the role of the COS fund, it is important to consider the current conversation in America regarding the staggering price of college textbooks. For some students a single semester worth of books can exceed $1,500. Yet, most financial aid packages and scholarships do not cover these materials. This fact is particularly startling when you consider that students are provided access to class, yet without the required learning materials, such as textbooks, they are unable to reach their full academic potential. Thus, the COS fund fills an important economic gap for undergraduate students with high financial needs because through our nonprofit students are able to purchase the textbooks required to succeed.
To date, the COS Fund has supported over 50 students in their pursuit of academic excellence. Please consider joining us on March 2 at our fundraiser. The event is family friendly and kids can attend for free. For more information on how to participate in the event please visit www.cosfund.org/events.
If you are interested in learning more about the students we support and the positive impact of our nonprofit, please visit the COS Scholars portion of our website at www.cosfund.org/cos-scholars.
Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude for the generosity of the Deerfield Valley and our COS fund supporters from around the globe. Special thanks is extended to The Deerfield Valley News, Jim and Donna Barnes, Jim Castle, Willie Castle, Kelly Pawlak, Fiddleheads, First Trax, Colin Clark Photography, Ross Powers, Luke Omand, The Starting Gate, Evelyn Vaccaro and Vaccaro Creative, Claire Alessi, Jay McMahon (aka Jay the Magician), Marcia Conrad, Cynthia Meyer, Nancy Darling, Jennifer Dyas, Carlotta Gladding, Ariel Redden, Maura Domina, Dr. Robert and Julie Girschek, Tom Gagliardi, Melissa Swim, and Jeff and Nan O’Connor. Without your dedicated support our event would not be possible. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on March 2.
Erin Costello Wecker