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Since 2009, New England Dairy & Food Council has supported youth health and wellness through Fuel Up to Play 60. In the past ten years, this student led program has helped more than 1.7 million kids and 3,600 schools across New England eat healthier and become more physically active.

Join us at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, May 9th for the Stars Among Us Gala to celebrate and honor those who have been instrumental in the success of Fuel Up to Play 60 in New England. We invite you to meet the stellar students and educators who have championed the program, and to witness the impact it has had on their lives and schools.

Through Fuel Up to Play 60, New England Dairy & Food Council:

  • Raises funds to make long-lasting, positive changes in schools and communities
  • Empowers students to lead, drive change, and become high achieving leaders of tomorrow
  • Sparks collaboration among diverse stakeholders across the public and private sectors

This is a time to recognize and appreciate the honorees whose commitment to the program has led to outstanding improvements in their schools and communities. Your presence at this evening gala, complete with delicious food, meaningful conversations, and fun entertainment, will ensure that Fuel Up to Play 60 continues to educate and inspire New England youth for years to come.

New England Dairy & Food Council is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

New England Dairy And Food Council Logo Stars Among Us Gala Logo Fuel Up To Play 60 Logo with Patriots Logo

Player Ambassadors

Stephen Gostkowski, #3

Kicker

2009 - 2012

Devin McCourty, #32

Safety

2013 - 2017

Nate Ebner, #43

Defensive Back and Special Teams

2018 - current

Guest Hosts

EMCEE
Mike Reiss
ESPN Sports Journalist

Longtime New England Patriots reporter Mike Reiss joined ESPN in September 2009. He reports on the Patriots for all ESPN platforms, regularly making television appearances on SportsCenter and NFL Live, with his signature work coming on ESPN.com’s NFL Nation Patriots blog.

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EMCEE
Mike Reiss
ESPN Sports Journalist

Mike Reiss is one of the leading voices on New England Patriots football, his first full-time job coming in 1997 for the team’s official newspaper. Since that time, Mike has covered the Patriots for the MetroWest Daily News, Boston Globe and now ESPN. He played a pivotal role in helping to launch ESPNBoston.com and follows the Patriots on a daily basis. His work appears regularly on the ESPN.com, SportsCenter, NFL Insiders, NFL Live and ESPN Radio. Mike’s willingness to embrace new ways to cover the Patriots has helped him carve out a unique niche in the competitive Boston media market, tracing back to 2002 when he started the “Reiss’ Pieces” blog on Boston.com. He was one of the first reporters to embrace the immediacy of reporting on a sports team and his interactive approach, featuring weekly mailbags and chats, has been a staple of his work. In 2015, Mike authored his first book, with Patriots Hall of Famer Troy Brown. “Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty” (published by Triumph Books) has exceeded initial expectations and is on its second printing. A lifelong New Englander, Mike grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts and later attended the University of Massachusetts (BS Sports Management, 1997). He and his wife, Sigalle, have two children and reside in the Boston area.

AUCTIONEER
Lenny Clarke
Comedian & Actor

Lenny Clarke is an American comedian and actor, famous for his thick Boston accent and role as Uncle Teddy on the series Rescue Me. He was the most famous "saloon comic" in Boston during the 1980s, the heyday of the Boston comedy scene.

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AUCTIONEER
Lenny Clarke
Comedian & Actor

In 1980, Clarke wrote and starred in a local television show Lenny Clarke's Late Show featuring Steven Wright and Denis Leary, in collaboration with Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. Clarke starred in his own network sitcom Lenny (1990), and in such TV shows as Contest Searchlight, The Job, The John Larroquette Show and It's All Relative and movies like Monument Ave., Fever Pitch and Southie. From 2004 to 2011, Clarke appeared in the recurring role of Uncle Teddy on the FX comedy-drama Rescue Me. In 2007, Clarke played the role of Ron Abbot on the Fox comedy series The Winner. Clarke is also an occasional guest on the WEEI radio shows in Boston.

Honorees

Cindy Coughlin

Cindy Coughlin

Honoree
Cindy Coughlin
Former Physical Education/Health Teacher
Alice B. Beal Elementary School
Springfield, MA

Cindy Coughlin embraced the spirit of Fuel Up to Play 60 right from the start while she was a physical education teacher at Alice B. Beal in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her passion to establish lifelong healthy habits in her students was a perfect match with the program. Her creative energy and love of all things Fuel Up to Play 60 lead to some of the best and well-loved activities including the “Dirtiest, Smelliest Sneaker contest, Fuel Up for Friendship and the Fuel Up Snack Recipe contest. Her enthusiasm took her from her elementary school in Springfield to Gillette Stadium to representing New England at an NFL Roundtable and ultimately the White House where she shared her thoughts about the importance of students eating healthy and being active with then First Lady Michelle Obama. Currently Cindy is keeping Seniors active and eating healthy as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs.

Former Physical Education/Health Teacher

Alice B. Beal Elementary School

Springfield, MA

Ayana Crichton

Ayana Crichton

Honoree
Ayana Crichton
Former Afterschool Director for Cranston - Currently the Inititiative Director
OneCranston, CCAP

Ms. Crichton holds her BA in Communications and a Film Studies Certificate. Ayana has worked in school districts for over 10 years advocating for youth programming that supports high risk students during out-of-school time. Her belief is healthy students show up to school on time and ready for the day. This includes healthy eating, physical play, social emotional growth, and coping skills. Crichton is very active in Fuel Up to Play 60 by activating and engaging several old and new schools in Cranston and is the Rhode Island Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance. Ayana currently works with OneCranston which is an initiative in the city housed by Comprehensive Community Action Program that looks to impact youth and their families for upward economic mobility for better quality of life.

Former Afterschool Director for Cranston - Currently the Inititiative Director

OneCranston, CCAP

Maryanne Gallagher

Maryanne Gallagher

Honoree
Maryanne Gallagher
Food Service Director
Milford School District
Milford, NH

Maryanne Gallagher is the Food Service Director for Milford School District in New Hampshire. She has been a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor since 2011 and has spent the last eight years encouraging all schools in her district to become active in the program. She is dedicated to her student leaders, whose enthusiasm and vision for the program has introduced healthy eating initiatives to the district, including creative new menu items and smoothie recipes. She has attended national and local Fuel Up to Play 60 summits with her students and served as a peer mentor and panelist speaker, sharing her expertise and experience with Fuel Up to Play 60 and school nutrition. Maryanne believes “Life is better when you are surrounded by the people that make you happy.”

Food Service Director

Milford School District

Milford, NH

Jaclyn Galvin

Jaclyn Galvin

Honoree
Jaclyn Galvin
Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council Member,
MA

Jaclyn Galvin became active in Fuel Up to Play 60 as a 6th grader at Whitman Middle School in Whitman, MA where she was instrumental in starting a Grab and Go Breakfast program with smoothies. As a result of her leadership, she was honored by the New England Patriots as a Patriots Difference Maker of the Week. She served as the Massachusetts State Ambassador during the 2014-15 school year and was selected to serve as a Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council member, helping plan and lead the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit the last five years. As a leader in Fuel Up to Play 60, Jaclyn has positively impacted hundreds of students by inspiring them to get involved and make their schools and communities a healthier place. Jaclyn has grown as a leader and communicator, and we couldn’t be prouder of the person she has become. Jaclyn is currently studying sports communications as a Freshman at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council Member,

MA

Bet Howrigan

Bet Howrigan

Honoree
Bet Howrigan
Elementary School Teacher
Fairfield Center School
Fairfield, VT

As an educator for over 30 years, Bet has always believed that physical activity, good nutrition, and doing well in school go hand in hand. At Fairfield Center School in Fairfield, Vermont, she strives to be a good role model to her students because she believes the habits children learn early can impact their entire lives. Fuel Up to Play 60 has made healthy eating and physical activity both fun and manageable for her entire school. Bet encourages her students to take the lead, resulting in notable student-driven initiatives such as the “Souper Bowl”, the oatmeal breakfast bar, and their successful “Get Up and Get Moving” program. Bet has been a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor for almost nine years and has attended several national and regional summits, providing support and guidance to her student leaders and peers.

Elementary School Teacher

Fairfield Center School

Fairfield, VT

Katherine Leslie

Katherine Leslie

Honoree
Katherine Leslie
Wellness Educator
Martin Kellogg Middle School
Newington, CT

Kathy Leslie teaches wellness education at Martin Kellogg Middle School in Newington, CT and has actively engaged her students with Fuel Up to Play 60 since 2010. Over the past nine years her enthusiasm for the program has had a dramatic impact on thousands of students and staff. She has worked collaboratively with the Newington School Nutrition Program to promote school breakfast, bring new menu items to the cafeteria, promote healthy snacks, run a smoothie blend-off, and host a pizza cook-off challenge. Kathy works with school officials and staff to increase opportunities for physical activity and introduced many fun and exciting activity days, including the all-time favorite Zombie Run. Kathy continues to lead a vibrant Fuel Up to Play 60 student team that has sent three Connecticut State Ambassadors to the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Summit.

Wellness Educator

Martin Kellogg Middle School

Newington, CT

Springfield Public Schools

Springfield Public Schools

Honoree
Springfield Public Schools
Springfield,MA

Springfield Public Schools in Massachusetts, along with their food service partner Sodexo, have set the standard for supporting student health and nutrition. By making major changes to their school meal program they have seen increased breakfast and lunch participation, as well as noticeable improvements in overall student behavioral metrics including decreases in absences, tardiness, and disciplinary action and increases in academic achievement. Among Springfield’s many accomplishments, the introduction of Breakfast in the Classroom in all schools throughout the district stands out. They became the first district in New England to ensure that every student starts the day with a full stomach and a readiness to learn. The multitude of programs started by Springfield has changed student lives by removing the stigma from school meals, addressing food insecurity at home, and connecting students with farmers and their environment. The district was the recent subject of a national case study focusing on the programs they’ve implemented. Springfield Public Schools continues to lead the way with the opening of their state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Culinary & Nutrition Center that ushers in a new era of food service. They truly believe that when students are nourished, they flourish!

Springfield,MA

PROGRAM

  • 6:00

    VIP Reception & Silent Auction

  • 7:00

    Welcome & Dinner

  • 7:45

    Coffee & Dessert

  • 8:00

    Honoring 'The Stars Among Us'

  • 8:30

    Live Auction

  • 9:00

    Closing Remarks

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Celebrating 10 Years of Fuel Up to Play 60

Here in New England, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program is funded and supported by the dairy farm families of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Eastern New York. For the last decade, New England Dairy & Food Council has partnered with the New England Patriots locally to positively impact the lives of students through this program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 gives students the opportunity to strengthen their teamwork, project planning, and public speaking skills. Our Student Ambassador Program empowers student leaders to champion healthy eating and physical activity improvements in their schools by motivating and informing their peers. These experiences connect students to their communities by teaching them about local foods and encouraging lifelong healthy habits.

For more information about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and its impact on the New England region over the last ten years, read our brochure.

New England Dairy & Food Council is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

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ABOUT US

New England Dairy & Food Council (NEDFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit nutrition education organization based in Boston that is supported by the dairy farmers of New England and Eastern New York. Staffed by registered dietitians and other professionals, for almost 100 years we’ve worked in five New England states to ensure that health professionals, scientists, media, child nutrition professionals and educators have a credible body of nutrition knowledge upon which to educate or base health recommendations and school programs. Our areas of work include, but are not limited to, youth wellness, dairy nutrition, and sustainable nutrition education.

WHAT WE DO

NEDFC has built a legacy of supporting healthy kids and student academic success through science-based nutrition education resources and wellness interventions. Our primary youth wellness initiative, Fuel Up to Play 60, combines healthy eating with physical activity and student leadership to provide a comprehensive program schools can use to make sustainable healthy changes to their wellness environment.

Location

GILLETTE STADIUM
1 PATRIOT PL, FOXBOROUGH, MA 02111

Need to book an overnight stay near the event?

Make a reservation at the Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough Patriot Place for a discounted rate when you book through the New England Dairy room block.

Room block is available for one overnight stay from Thursday, May 9‌th to Friday, May 10‌th.