NBCWashington ran a wonderful story on the return of a Class of 1951 ring to its owner, after it was lost in a restaurant nearly 25 years ago. GHSEF was pleased to play a part in returning the ring to its owner.
On November 14th, GHSEF held its 4th Annual Fall Gala to raise funds for the Foundation’s programs. The 4th Annual event was our biggest yet, and was hosted by NBC Washington news reporter and GHS alum, Melissa Mollet. At the Gala, we presented the second annual Foundation Awards to Mrs. Carrie Bohrer (Alumnus Award), DANAC/Magruder Companies/Fred Evans Family (Community Award) and Mr. Brett Morales (Staff Award). The event raised $7,000 to support the Ed Foundation’s programs.
The Ed Foundation played a part in a reunion of a different sort this week. A few weeks ago, a good Samaritan sent the high school a class ring from Gaithersburg High School. The ring had been found nearly twenty-five years ago in a restaurant in Tennessee but the finders could not locate its owner. All they knew was that the ring was from the class of 1951, with the initials “RNO” inside. The school sent us the ring and asked for our help.
After a little detective work and consultation of a 1951 yearbook in the school’s library, we were able to identify the owner as Raymont Neal Owens. We tracked down his son this week and reunited him with his father’s ring. Unfortunately, Mr. Owens had passed in 2012, but his son was very touched to be reconnected through this truly surprise gift. We simply were happy to see a piece of Gaithersburg make it back to its owner after such a long time.
Kicking off Homecoming weekend at GHS, the Ed Foundation hosted its first 5K run/walk at the high school. The picturesque course began on the stadium track and wound through Bohrer Park before finishing on the 50-yard line of the athletic field. We were supported by almost a dozen sponsors offering a variety of health, nutrition and physical activity services to the community, helping us promote an active lifestyle. Nearly 60 runners of all ages participated. Congratulations to top male and female finishers, 18-year old Peter Antonetti and 11-year old Grace Rowe.
Working with GHS Creative Writing teacher Samantha Wecht, GHSEF assisted students in developing their short stories for the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s High School Short Story Contest. GHSEF volunteers reviewed and provided comments on 20 stories inspired by the Short Story contest rules. 15 students chose to submit their stories to the contest, and two were selected as finalists. The Finalists were honored at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 16, 2015.