This year’s inductees are longtime teacher and environmentalist Sue “Sioux” Fenili, and Vineland School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Gruccio.
Fenili is being inducted for her longtime contributions to environmental issues and a stellar teaching career in Vineland and Millville schools. She founded Kids Against Pollution devoted to cleaning up their environment, and it became the “first glass recycling operation in New Jersey” in 1970. With the money earned, they bought equipment for water quality testing and discovered effluent going into the Maurice River from the Landis Sewerage Authority.
She serves on the board of Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and has been on the Vineland Environmental Commission since 1970, developed Arbor Day activities, and she recently started an Anti-Litter Initiative for children and students that has been presented to the Vineland Board of Education for potential inclusion in lesson plans. Her classroom in Millville - Room 115 - was "the place to be" where she installed a real pond and "fun things happened." She mentored an autistic child and founded Our Wild Side to encourage kids to be "stewards of our Earth.”
Gruccio has spent her entire educational career in the Vineland School District, which she has served for more than four years as superintendent. Widowed at a young age when her children were just 2 and 6, she was a cancer survivor and a single parent working full-time when she earned her doctorate in education.
She developed two publications about Vineland and the Vineland schools, leads the school district's strategic planning committee, developed a Parent's Resources Center, served on the Governor's Committee for Parent Involvement for five years, is on the board of directors of The United Way and The Dream Foundation and served on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For her entire professional life, her position has been “How will this help our children?” according to her nominator, and she is a “strong, talented, dynamo of boundless heart.”
This year’s gala is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the Centerton Country Club. For reservations or more information, contact Louise Bertacchi at LTB431@comcast.net or Kim Litchendorf at Klitchendorf@cumberlanddairy.com, or call 825-5929. The guest emcee for the induction will be Dr. Dina Rossi Elliott, superintendent of the Joseph F. Scarpa Technical Education Center of Cumberland County.
Bag Bingo Event March 25
MILLVILLE — The Cumberland County Fair Association will host a designer bag bingo fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Elks Lodge. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bingo will feature items from Coach, Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade. There will be door prizes, raffles and basket auction. To reserve tickets call 765-7531. Call will be returned in the evening hours. Advance tickets are $25, or $30 at the door. Credit and debit cards are now accepted. For more information visit the website www.cumberlandcofair.com