Foundations in Education announces auctioneer and plans for annual gala

BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education’s gala returns to Woodway Country Club in Darien, Conn., on May 5, 2022 with honorees Barbara and Peter Ripp, Mutual of America and Dr. Steve Cheeseman, superintendent of Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools. Our Gala Committee, chaired by Barbara and Bob Scinto are hard at work.  They will be joined this year by professional auctioneer, Mr. Bobby D. Ehlert.

Bobby D. is a World Champion Auctioneer and expert fundraiser who co-founded Inspire Hearts Fundraising with his wife, fellow auctioneer Erin Ward, in 2017. He helps nonprofits around the nation to strengthen communities, fund missions and inspire hearts along the way.  His clients include the Overlook Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen and many more.

Foundations in Education raised over $875,000 in 2021 and seeks to raise even more in 2022! Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have some one of a kind auction items that will help reach our goal.  We are excited to feature wonderful and unique items in its live auction, most notable are the following:

  • Private reception with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at your home
  • All-expense-paid trip for 6 to Lido Key, Fla., which includes lodging at a magnificent 12,000 square-foot, 6-bedroom mansion right on the coast
  • Lake George getaway for 14 which includes a guest cottage, direct waterfront access and dock space for up to a 30-foot boat
  • Round of golf with 2-time Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giant quarterback Eli Manning at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

All proceeds support the mission of Foundations in Education, including tuition assistance for approximately 1,200 students through the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund as well as Innovation and Leadership Grants for teachers and administrators.

(If you wish to volunteer, sponsor, contribute or learn more about Foundations in Education or the Gala, please visit or contact Megan Quinn at 203.416.1671 or