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Gourmet Galaxy to Honor Steven T. Frantz

Forty-year veteran of the Scarsdale Schools, Steve Frantz will receive The Open Door Award at this year’s Gourmet Galaxy on May 5th. The Gourmet Galaxy, benefitting the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service will offer tastings from leading restaurants, caterers and bakeries and will be held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. Invitations for the event will be sent out shortly.

Dr. Frantz began his lifelong commitment to community service following his graduation from Southern Illinois University whereupon he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Closer to home, he devoted forty years to teaching in Scarsdale public schools, serving as an elementary school teacher, Elementary Science Helping Teacher, Co-Director of Math-Science Technology Center and Principal of the Fox Meadow Elementary School. During that time, Steve earned his Masters and PhD at New York University and served two years as President of the Scarsdale Teachers Association.

Since his retirement in 2006, Steve has consulted with the Scarsdale School District as Sustainability Education Coordinator, has served as a member of the Westchester County Task Force on Global Warming and is the founding director of the Green Schools Coalition of Westchester. He currently serves on the Board of Friends of Weinberg Nature Center, is Chairperson of the TVCC Sustainable Scarsdale Committee and is a former Board Member of Friend of Scarsdale Parks.

Penny Bauersfeld, the chair of this year’s Gourmet Galaxy and member of the SFCS Board of Trustees, commented, “I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working closely with Steve over the years in various capacities, so it gave me great personal joy to deliver the news to him that he would be our honoree this year. His work is the embodiment of the SFCS commitment to strengthening our community.”

Steve and his wife of 40 years, Ellen, met as teachers at Edgewood Elementary School and live locally. Their daughter, Amber, is a teacher at the Heathcote Elementary School. Steve is also an avid platform tennis player and past president of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club.

SFCS is a nationally accredited nonprofit family service agency offering programs encompassing youth services, older adult services, family therapy and family life education. The express purpose of SFCS is to support family life and strengthen our community. The Open Door Award reflects the agency’s motto, “It starts with an open door.” No one in need of service is ever turned away. For further information about Gourmet Galaxy tickets, SFCS programs or volunteer opportunities, call Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling at 723-3281.

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