The Maplewood Woman’s Club celebrated its big 100th birthday with a big $100,000 donation to the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund, presented at a “High Tea” at The Woodland last weekend.
“We had a wonderful High Tea in the Parlor at the Woodland for the Maplewood Woman’s Club,” Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca posted on Facebook. “We celebrated the Club’s 100th anniversary. I had the pleasure of being the tea server and dressed for the part.”
Aponte noted the complex feelings elicited by being in The Woodland (it was originally and until recently the home of the Woman’s Club), but said that, overall, club members were happy to be back in the building.
Madeline Tugentman explained that CHSSF has been presenting needs-based scholarships to CHS graduates since 1924. While accepting the gift on behalf of CHSSF, Tugentman became momentarily overwhelmed by emotion. “It’s an endowed scholarship so it goes on for the life of our scholarship fund!” said Tugentman, who thanked the Woman’s Club profusely.
DeLuca noted the difficulty of the club coming back to the room and said he hoped the members liked what the town had done with the building and invited the Woman’s Club to come back to hold its meetings at The Woodland.
The event was organized by JoAnne Aponte, the Maplewood Woman’s Club President, and Lisa Mainardi of Maplewood Cultural Affairs Office.
For more information on creating an endowed or named scholarship please contact the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund at [email protected].