ACES Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala - A Night to Remember - Save the date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

You won't want to miss this highlight event of the spring season.

Always one of the most anticipated events of the spring in southern Connecticut, The ACES Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala will definitely be a Night to Remember. The Foundation’s Gala, the largest fund raising event of the year for the non-profit organization, is going to be held on March 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 8;30 p.m. at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. The purpose behind the event is just as special as the evening itself. The ACES Education Foundation, which was formed in 2003, raised more than $113,000 via last year’s gala and of that amount awarded $90,500 in grants and $10,000 “Fund-A-Need” initiatives. Besides amazing food and drink, the “Night to Remember” is packed full of fun activities such as a live auction, silent auction, and raffle. There are many ways to support the event and its purpose whether someone can attend the gala or not. Tickets are $100 and available online by visiting https://e.givesmart.com/events/c34.

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Please join us in honoring:

Jeff L. Hubbard

Market President, Commercial Sales Leader - Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Market, KeyBank

Jeff L. Hubbard serves as President and Commercial Sales Leader for KeyBank’s Connecticut and Western Massachusetts market. In this role, he leads the bank’s regional economic and community development efforts, and oversees the sales effort for delivering a full range of lending and financial services offered to commercial clients. He is also accountable for driving collaboration and coordination of activities and resources to generate revenue growth and increase market share, and serves as the external face and voice of KeyBank in the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts communities. Jeff is also the President of the Key Serving Company.

Prior to the acquisition of First Niagara Bank by KeyBank in 2016, Hubbard served as New England Regional President for First Niagara. He joined First Niagara in 2015 from TD Bank, N.A., where he served for six years, most recently as Regional Vice President, Commercial Banking responsible for managing the daily business activities for the bank in the Hartford region of Connecticut, as well as expanded responsibility for leading the bank’s commercial, middle market and small business lending activities statewide.

Prior to TD Bank, Hubbard served as Senior Risk Officer for Bank of America with responsibility for evaluating credit approvals in collaboration with market objectives. From 2002 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President and Manager for Webster Bank, with responsibilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. In addition to leading a team of more than a dozen bankers, during his seven-year tenure he oversaw the launch of four major initiatives for the bank. From 1993 to 2002, Hubbard was based in New Haven, CT serving in senior management positions with Fleet Bank and Merrill Lynch.

Hubbard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State University in Plymouth New Hampshire, a Mastery Certificate from the University of Connecticut Business School and is enrolled in the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Wharton University. He’s an active member of the community, serving on the Executive boards of the Connecticut Business & Industry Council, Connecticut Bankers Association, and Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. Jeff has board roles on United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Greater New Haven United Way, Greater Hartford YMCA, CAPA/Shubert New Haven, and HEDCO Inc. and Market New Haven. He is a former board member of the Community Investment Corporation, Connecticut.

A Connecticut native, Hubbard resides in Guilford, CT with his wife Diane, and has three adult children. He is based in Key’s Connecticut Market Center, located at 195 Church Street in New Haven.


Alyssa Rae Taglia

ECA Alum & WTNH News 8 Traffic Anchor 

Alyssa Rae Taglia, a Connecticut native can be seen every weekday morning on WTNH News 8's Good Morning Connecticut as their Traffic Anchor working alongside Keith Kountz, Laura Hutchinson and Chief Meteorologist, Gil Simmons. After reporting the morning traffic, Alyssa transitions to her role as a Multimedia Journalist for News 8, covering a wide variety of stories.

An early graduate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and former Miss Connecticut 2016, Taglia represented her home state in the 2017 Miss America Pageant live on ABC. Immediately following her year of service, Alyssa attended the New York Film Academy's Broadcast Journalism certificate program on a full scholarship.

Always making it her life's top priority to give back and volunteer her time to many charitable organizations, at the young age of 12 years old, Alyssa founded, “Smiles for Seniors”, a volunteer driven program created to enrich the lives of our elderly, specifically those in long-term care facilities. Alyssa Rae Taglia serves on the board of Directors for SELF INC., is a member of "MASTA", the Miss America State Titleholders Association, and was a goodwill ambassador for Connecticut Children's Medical Center in 2016. 

When she is not at work or volunteering, she loves to spend quality time with her family and friends.


Bitsie Clark, Sharyn Esdaile, and Robert Parker

Arts Community Partners


2018 ACES Education Foundation Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Brown & Brown Insurance logo


Platinum Sponsors

Anthem Logo

KeyBank logo

Performance Environmental Services logo

Town Fair Tire logo

USI Insurance Services logo


Silver Sponsors

AFLAC logo

Crosspoint Federal Credit Union logo

Valic Financial Advisors logo

Whitney Center logo

Workers's Compensation Trust logo


In-Kind Sponsors

Petals 2 Go Florist Logo

Record Journal logo

Untapped Resources logo


Can’t go? No problem.

You can still support the ACES Education Foundation initiatives.