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SEF Women Leaders Present the Starfish Awards

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Nominations for our inaugural Starfish Awards are steadily pouring in as we gear up to celebrate the evening in June! The Starfish Awards fundraiser is powered by SEF’s Women Leaders, a group with a steadfast dedication to empowering educators and enhancing educational opportunities for students with disabilities.

Every year, the Women Leaders come together with SSD principals to discuss projects funded by SEF’s Principal Grants program. This initiative aims to provide vital resources and support to principals within the community. Through the principal grants program, funds will be allocated towards innovative projects, specialized equipment, and professional development opportunities that directly benefit these students and promote inclusive learning environments.

Set against the stunning backdrop of CITYPARK Stadium in St. Louis, this inaugural event on June 13th promises to be a night to remember, dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary individuals, organizations, and educators who have made remarkable contributions to the field of special education.

The Starfish Awards, aptly named after the story of the starfish, symbolize the belief that every effort, no matter how small, can make a profound difference in the lives of students with disabilities. This event seeks to honor those whose dedication and compassion have truly made a splash in the lives of these exceptional individuals.

Guests attending the Starfish Awards can anticipate an evening filled with heartfelt tributes, moving stories, and moments of celebration. From acknowledging outstanding teachers and support staff to applauding community leaders and advocates, the Starfish Awards will shine a spotlight on those who have shown unwavering commitment and passion in championing the rights and inclusion of students with disabilities.

However, the excitement extends beyond the event itself. The Special Education Foundation is thrilled to extend an invitation to businesses and organizations to partner with us as sponsors for this historic occasion. As a sponsor, your company will enjoy extensive recognition, including having your logo prominently featured inside the prestigious Moneta Pitch Club and displayed on the stadium's large LED scoreboard throughout the evening. Additionally, sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their logos on the event invitation, program, and across all of the Special Education Foundation's social media platforms and website. Some sponsors will even have the honor of having their logo displayed on an award.

Furthermore, sponsors will receive multiple tickets to attend this exclusive event, providing an unparalleled opportunity to network with industry leaders, community influencers, and esteemed guests.

By sponsoring the Starfish Awards, your organization not only aligns itself with a noble cause but also demonstrates a commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of students with disabilities. Your partnership helps us continue our vital work of providing essential resources and support to ensure every student has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Join us as we honor the champions of special education and celebrate their invaluable contributions. Sponsor the Special Education Foundation's first Annual Starfish Awards and be a part of an unforgettable evening that celebrates compassion, dedication, and inclusivity in education. Together, we can make a lasting impact and create a brighter future for all students.