Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Helicopter and golf balls are central theme of Westfield State May 7 fundraiser

Foundation’s virtual Evening of Discovery event to support math, science students

WESTFIELD, Mass.—The Westfield State Foundation Inc. will host a virtual Evening of Discovery fundraiser on May 7 to showcase the work of students, faculty, and alumni with the University’s College of Mathematics and Sciences (CMS). The virtual event starts at 6 p.m.

Individuals are encouraged to support students by buying golf balls, which will drop from a helicopter on the green of a hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, as an example of Newton’s law of gravity in action. Those closest to the pin will win cash prizes. The ball drop will take place earlier in the day and video recorded to share during the virtual ceremony. Participants could win up to $10,000, and winners will be announced at the end of the event. Individuals do not need to be present to win. Proceeds will help further research and experiential learning opportunities for CMS students.

“This year’s theme provides a unique and interesting way to raise funds in support of providing expanded options for our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students to ensure their education and growth. We could not continue to serve our scholars without the dedication and support of our many constituents in Westfield and beyond,” said Erica Broman, Ed.D., vice president for Institutional Advancement at Westfield State University and executive director of the Westfield State Foundation.

The University relies on numerous relationships to support its students, including community partners, corporate sponsors, and the Pioneer Valley STEM Network partners—especially Westfield Public Schools and the Springfield Science Museum. Westfield Bank is a lead sponsor of the virtual event, accompanied by the sponsorship of Specialty Bolt and Screw.

Golf balls must be purchased online by noon on Wednesday, May 5. For more information about participating, visit

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without a barrier to race, gender, or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that create a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information, visit,, or

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