CSF, Scholar Bowl hopes to make Super Bowl XLIV pay off for local students
Marlborough – Music, dancing and football will be on the menu for the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation (CSF), annual fund-raiser. Formerly known as the “Brown Bag Social” the scholarship committee decided to mix things up a bit this year and host a “Scholar Bowl” Saturday Jan. 30, from 7 to11:30 p.m., at the Moose Lodge on Fitchburg Street in Marlborough.
With the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints only a week away, CSF Co-President Stephen LeDuc explained that the CSF thought it would be fun to host an event playing off the football theme.
Thanks to the generous support of Marlborough Savings Bank, which partnered with the CSF, the event will feature a Super Bowl XLIV football pool. Squares can be sold to individuals or groups of friends for the cost of $100 tax-deductible donation. Purchasing a square puts the square owner in the running for a chance to win up to $1,000 a quarter with an additional payout for the final score.
“It’s pretty commonplace to walk into work and participate in a football pool,” LeDuc said. “We thought it would be fun to have a chance to win some money and raise money for the foundation at the same time.”
Folks not wanting to wager $100 for a random shot at winning $1,000 are still invited to attend the Scholar Bowl. For $10 per person, they’ll also be able to enjoy the music, dancing and cash bar.
“It is going to be a great time without question,” LeDuc said.
Recently elected co-president of the CSF, Leduc said that the pressure of the economy coupled with the rising cost of tuition has led to an enormous increase in student applicants for scholarships. Last year, due to the generous support of the community, the organization distributed $36,000 in scholarship money to students who live in Marlborough. Students applying for a scholarship do not have to go to school in Marlborough LeDuc explained, but they have to live in Marlborough.
Drawn to helping other families in the community, LeDuc said that CSF is essentially participating in the future of others.
“We do that because we have children of our own and we understand the benefit of the education,” LeDuc said.
Grateful for the support that Marlborough Savings Bank has given the organization, LeDuc is well aware of the various pressures the economy has put on residents. With nearly half of the football squares already sold, LeDuc is hopeful that the community will come down to the Moose Lodge Saturday, Jan. 30, and lend their support to help raise money for this year’s scholarship recipients.
“CSF for the last 20 years has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students in our community,” Leduc said. “This year you can watch the game and help out.”
Those attending the Scholar Bowl are welcome to bring an appetizer with them if they wish; complimentary dessert and coffee will be provided.
For information about buying tickets for the Scholar Bowl or squares for Super Bowl XLIV, contact event chairs Leduc, at 508-740-8991 or sleduc229@ gmail.com, or Stepha- nie Scerra at 508-361-3526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Square(s) can also be purchased by visiting the official contest website, http://www. superbowlsquares.org/yrwjg. Once there, type in the user name field CSF-POOL (all upper case), then type in the password MARLBORO (all upper case), Once in, scroll down to the Play Square Field and pick out your own square and CSF will follow up with payment arrangements.
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