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

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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.

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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.

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Bitsie Clark

Arts Community Partner

Frances “Bitsie” Clark is a resident of Whitney Center in Hamden Connecticut where she serves on the Resident Council and the Lecture and Community Connections Committees. From 2011 until her retirement in 2017 she was the Executive Director of HomeHaven, an organization that helps people remain in their own homes as they get older. She was the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven from 1983 until she retired in 2002. She was elected to the Board of Aldermen for the City of New Haven   representing the downtown ward in 2003 and served for the next eight years. She came to New Haven in 1956 and worked for the local Girl Scout Council for 10 years, training volunteer Scout Leaders and Directing Camp. Upon her retirement from the Girl Scout staff she was elected to the Council Board of Directors and between 1978 and 1982 served as President of the Connecticut Trials Council.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vassar College and holds an Honorary Degree of Dr. of Humane Letters from Albertus Magnus College. She has two children and five grandchildren under the age of 18.

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Sharyn Esdaile

Arts Community Partner

Sharyn Ainsworth Esdaile throughout her career has supported the amazing abilities of children and youth. Her concentration on arts and creativity integral to student engagement and achievement has been a hallmark — first as teacher, curriculum developer, program coordinator and consummately as an administrator. Graduate of Mount Holyoke College and SCSU, she enjoyed tenures in New Haven Public Schools Baldwin-King Program, Connecticut Arts Commission and the Center for Theatre Techniques in Education (CTTE) American Shakespeare Theatre. She joined ACES in 1983 through its Arts in Education Division-ECA merger with CTTE. Guided by the indomitable Mary Hunter Wolf, she collaborated with students and teachers to foster arts learning and new approaches to interdisciplinary study. Award-winning projects such as Creativity in the Classroom, Arts for the Middle School, and Talent Search & Development became models for the nation and led to the inception of the New Haven arts magnet schools. Ms. Esdaile was co-designer/ founder of Conte Arts Magnet, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School and Cooperative High School for the Arts and Humanities. She was Artistic Director of  Conte and Betsy Ross during which time the schools were recognized amongst the most successful in the United States. Thereafter she brought her skills to new heights at ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School being Assistant Principal and Principal-retiring after eleven years in 2010.

Sharyn and husband Walter are celebrating 50 years; they have two sons with loving families and a precious granddaughter.

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Bob Parker

Arts Community Partner

Bob Parker is a retired arts educator. He worked for ACES for 36 years, as a teacher and then Director at ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven’s Audubon Arts District, and as the Director of Communications for ACES just before his retirement. He has served as a board member and advisor to arts and education advocacy organizations at the national, state and local level. Bob’s interest in the arts, education and New Haven continue as a volunteer; he has served on New Haven’s Commission on Arts, Culture and Tourism, and the board of directors of the Southern Connecticut State University Alumni Association and New Haven Sister Cities, Inc. He is happiest these days in his current role as the co-chair of the board of directors at Common Ground, a high school, environmental education center and urban farm in New Haven.

2018 ACES Education Foundation Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Brown & Brown Insurance logo

Platinum Sponsors

Anthem Logo

Canon Logo

KeyBank logo

Performance Environmental Services logo

Town Fair Tire logo

USI Insurance Services logo

Gold Sponsors

Paycom Logo

Silver Sponsors

AFLAC logo

All Waste logo

B and B Transportation logo

Crosspoint Federal Credit Union logo

Curtin Livery logo


Louis and Cheryl Saloom



Peter and Judith Young


Southern Connecticut State University School of Education logo

Valic Financial Advisors logo

Whitney Center logo

Workers's Compensation Trust logo

Bronze Plus Sponsors

Carol and Thomas Bunk
Shipman and Goodwin
Thomas Danehy and Maria Malfa


Friend Plus Sponsors

Abco the Paperman
Alex Esdaile & Karen Lenahan
Bob Parker
Bourassa Catering
Colliers International
Curriculum Associates
David Mosher
Dow Realty
Deborah Farrell
Elaine Sein
Erika Forte

Estelle & Vernon Simpson
Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan
Gina Drury
Globele Energy, LLC 
Hanna Andersson
Jason Wang
Jennifer Gambradella
Lisa & Frank Mucciacciaro
Lynn Campo
Porto's Tire Service

Priscilla Remington
Robert Tatham
Sandra & Kirk Baird
Santa Buckley Energy
Sharyn & Walter Esdaile
Southern New England Electrical Testing
Theordore Sergi
United Avionics
Vincent Loffredo
Wanda Wagner

In-Kind Sponsors

Colonial Business Forms Logo

Mar-Len Printing Logo

Petals 2 Go Florist Logo

Record Journal logo


Rob Parrett & Michael Robichaud


Untapped Resources logo

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You can still support the ACES Education Foundation initiatives: