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Country gala supports PTECH programs

September 18, 2015 | Filed in HFM PTECH, HFM Top Stories

SEPT. 18, 2015 – The future looks bright for HFM PTECH students. But if they come to school hungry, don’t have shoes that fit or a coat for the winter, they likely won’t be able to focus on the path to success that PTECH offers. To remedy that, PTECH is hosting a fund-raising gala to support extracurricular activities and programs at the school.

The “rustic chic” Country Roads and City Lights Gala will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at the Olde Tater Barn in Central Bridge. Beginning at 6 p.m., the event (black ties and belt buckles optional) promises to be a night of great food and dancing to a live country band in a stunning setting.

“State grant funds are helping to provide educational opportunities to our students that they might never otherwise have. However, that funding doesn’t cover after-school programs or the essentials that many students lack in this high-poverty area,” Michael Dardaris, Principal at PTECH said. “For a number of PTECH students, the experiences and provisions they receive from school are the most valuable in their lives.”

Staff members at PTECH want to be able to provide whatever the students need to be successful. According to Dardaris, sometimes that means buying food and clothes to help a struggling PTECH family. This need has led to the establishment of a Student in Need Fund, money that can be used to support students’ basic needs when necessary.

Extra-curricular programs at PTECH also have given students life-changing experiences. The robotics program launched during the 2014-15 school year presented some students with their first out-of-state trip and hotel stay when the group attended the regional competition at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

To raise money for the Student in Need Fund and after-school programs, PTECH is offering tickets to its country-themed gala for $100, which includes beverages, a full Fall Farmhouse Buffet, and a night of dancing to country cover band Agatha Road.

Sponsorship opportunities exist for businesses or individuals who wish to support PTECH in a more significant way, and are outline in the gala flier (pdf). To discuss sponsorship, contact Mike Dardaris by email or at 518-762-9119.

For tickets, contact Nicole Walrath at 518-725-0641 or

“Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our PTECH students!”