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The CMCW was excited to have a booth at this year’s FestiFall Fair in town. Members volunteering behind the booth greatly enjoyed interacting with visitors from nearby towns and local families. Banners were displayed from all the colleges we have helped the young men of Westfield to attend. Visitors enjoyed searching for their favorite college colors among the banners.

The CMCW was happy to inform ones that stopped by the booth about the amazing scholarship programs that are offered, as well as the events that fund these scholarships. Many were excited to sign up for our upcoming Poker and Boxing nights.

WESTFIELD, NJ — One year after graduating from Westfield High School, Luke Beaulieu and Michael Stokes are simultaneously attending college and running their own startup business, Kahunas Sleeveless Hawaiians, a sleeveless Hawaiian shirt company. Beaulieu, who studies entrepreneurship and finance at Babson College in Massachusetts, began building the concept last year as his senior project at Westfield High.

“l wanted to start a clothing business and thought what would happen if i were to bring together Hawaiian shirts and tank tops,” Beaulieu said. “They offer the comfortability and freedom that a regular Hawaiian shirt or tank top doesn’t offer. We like to think of them as all—purpose shirts, for all occasions.”

At first, business grew through word of mouth.

“A couple of friends who had bought the original Kahuna I made told me that a bunch of their friends in college had asked them where they had gotten their shirt and where they could buy them,” Beaulieu said. “When I contacted more of my friends and found that there was real demand for the product I knew that l had to start up the business again.”

In the year since Beaulieu launched the first order of Kahunas with his senior project, he has teamed up with Stokes, a fellow Westfield graduate and current engineering student at the University of Denver, to scale the business nationwide. The two 19-year olds have worked to better design, develop and market the product.

“To grow our business, we have been working on increasing our social media presence. We’ve been in contact with a number of athletes, models and social media personalities to get them in Kahunas and take pictures,” Beaulieu said. “We have already hired artists to design shirts for our next order. Later in the summer we plan on bringing in new designs and hopefully hiring people to help us out in the fall.”

So far, Beaulieu and Stokes have amassed over a thousand dollars of sales in a target demographic of ages 15—25.

For Beaulieu, the key to being an entrepreneur, and turning an idea like Kahunas into a reality, starts and ends with having thick skin.

“For aspiring entrepreneurs, I would tell them to not dwell on their mistakes,” Beaulieu said. “I have learned that when you start your own company you run into a lot of problems you don’t expect, but it’s essential to pivot. Be creative, find a solution and learn from it.”

Kahunas Sleeveless Hawaiians are available at www.kahunas.life for $24.99 in any one of three signature styles: The Big Kahuna, The Malasada and The Maverick.

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WESTFIELD – Three Westfield High School graduates, John Sanders, Douglas Smith and Michael Rodriguez, were awarded a total of $60,000 in scholarships by the College Men’s Club of Westfield at the home of Terry O’Connor on June 19, 2017.  This is the second year in a row that the College Men’s Club has given away at least $60,000.

John will attend Rutgers this fall and plans to study engineering.  His interests in high school included playing in the jazz band and scouting, as well as tutoring younger students in science and math classes.  He has two older brothers who are in college.

Doug will attend NYU and will study economics and computer science, with an eye towards business school in the future.  He graduated from WHS in 2016 and spent part of his freshman year in college at Texas A&M in the ROTC program.

Michael is the first of his family to attend college and he will start at George Washington this fall.  He is interested in studying criminal justice and psychology.  He was involved in student government and theater at WHS.

The College Men’s Club is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1922 by a group of college graduates who wanted to provide money for higher educational opportunities to deserving young men in the community.  It has raised over $1 million in scholarship money in its history.  The Club has helped many students with financial need, particularly those who might not otherwise be considered for assistance. Students who are struggling with life issues, or need to work after school to help support their families, gain special consideration. The Club looks closely at those who need the extra help, yet have a strong desire to attend college and succeed in life.

Please visit www.cmcwestfield.org where you can learn more about the College Men’s Club and make a donation to help the young men of Westfield realize their dreams.

 

[Caption for picture: “The College Men’s Club of Westfield awarded $60,000 in scholarships to WHS graduates John Sanders, Michael Rodriguez and Douglas Smith.”]

 

Two boxers size each other up while listening to the referee’s instructions.
Two boxers size each other up while listening to the referee’s instructions.

WESTFIELD – The College Men’s Club of Westfield hosted their 15th annual “Night at the Fights” on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Kenilworth VFW and set a record of $24,000 raised for financial aid for college-bound high school boys in Westfield.  The event was a sell-out with over 250 guests attending for dinner and 10 terrific amateur bouts, highlighted by the main event between two talented up-and-coming female fighters who went toe to toe for three tough rounds.

High school senior boys should visit the Club’s website at https://www.cmcwestfield.org/apply for information on applying for college scholarships.  The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is Friday, April 21.

High school junior boys can apply on the Club’s website for financial assistance with ACT test prep courses.  The deadline for these applications is Monday, March 27.

The College Men’s Club is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1922 by a group of college graduates who wanted to provide money for higher educational opportunities to deserving young men in the community.  Last year, it awarded over $60,000 in scholarships and it has raised over $1 million in scholarship money in its history.  The Club has helped many students with financial need, particularly those who might not otherwise be considered for assistance. Students who are struggling with life issues, or need to work after school to help support their families, gain special consideration. The Club looks closely at those who need the extra help, yet have a strong desire to attend college and succeed in life.

Please visit www.cmcwestfield.org where you can learn more about the College Men’s Club and make a donation to help the young men of Westfield realize their dreams.

WESTFIELD – The College Men’s Club of Westfield welcomed home their 2016 scholarship recipients and their families at an event at Echo Lake Country Club on December 21.

William Kelly (Notre Dame), JD Marner (Rutgers) and Michael Vricella-Stokes (University of Denver) updated the Club on their first semesters at college and their plans for their winter break.  Scholarship Committee Co-Chairman Brad Bonner presented the students with the next installment of the $20,000 scholarships that they were awarded by the Club in May.

The College Men’s Club is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1922 by a group of college graduates who wanted to provide money for higher educational opportunities to deserving young men in the community.  Last year, it awarded over $60,000 in scholarships and it has raised over $1 million in scholarship money in its history.  The Club has helped many students with financial need, particularly those who might not otherwise be considered for assistance. Students who are struggling with life issues, or need to work after school to help support their families, gain special consideration. The Club looks closely at those who need the extra help, yet have a strong desire to attend college and succeed in life.

Please visit www.cmcwestfield.org where you can learn more about the College Men’s Club and make a donation to help the young men of Westfield realize their dreams.  Students can also find the scholarship application on the website.

The Club’s next major fundraiser will be their annual boxing night on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The College Men’s Club of Westfield celebrated the success of its third annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament on November 19. Pictured, from left to right, are: Dave Germond, vice-president of the College Men’s Club; Vincent Coyle; Brian Boufarah; Shawn Hanna, president of the College Men’s Club; and Mark O’Brien.

WESTFIELD — On November 19, the College Men’s Club of Westfield held their third annual Texas Hold ’Em Tournament at the Kenilworth VFW, where they raised money to support their mission of providing college scholarships to deserving young men in the local community. The winners were Vincent Coyle, first place; Brian Boufarah, second place, and Mark O’Brien, third place.

The College Men’s Club is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1922 by a group of college graduates who wanted to provide money for higher educational opportunities to deserving young men in the community.  Last year, it awarded over $60,000 in scholarships and it has raised over $1 million in scholarship money in its history.  The club has helped many students with financial need, particularly those who might not otherwise be considered for assistance. Students who are struggling with life issues, or need to work after school to help support their families, gain special consideration. The club looks closely at those who need the extra help, yet have a strong desire to attend college and succeed in life. The College Men’s Club would like to thank everyone who attended the event and their major donors for making this another successful fund-raising effort.

Please visit www.cmcwestfield.org where you can learn more about the College Men’s Club and make a donation to help the young men of Westfield realize their dreams.

The Club’s next major fundraiser will be their annual boxing night on Friday, February 3, 2017.

 

2016 scholarship recips

Pictured L to R: Andy O’Brien (Scholarship Co-Chair), W. Kelly, JD Marner, M. Vricella-Stokes, Brad Bonner (Scholarship Co-Chair)

 

The College Men’s Club of Westfield announced that it has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to four outstanding seniors from the Westfield High School Class of 2016: William Kelly, JD Marner and Michael Vricella-Stokes each received a $20,000 scholarship and Jacob (Jack) Ritter (not pictured) received a $1,000 scholarship named in memory of Keith Hertell, II.

“In a change from the past several years, we decided to reduce the number of scholarships that we awarded this year so that each scholarship could be a significant contributor to a student’s college costs,” said Brad Bonner, co-chairman of the College Men’s Club scholarship committee. “That generated a lot of interest in our program and we saw an unprecedented number of applications this year.”

Kelly, the oldest of four brothers, will attend Notre Dame where he plans to study finance.  He was a captain of the state championship-winning WHS boys tennis team.

Marner is the oldest of three brothers. He will attend Rutgers University this fall, where he plans to study accounting.  He played on the state champion WHS football team and the WHS baseball team.

Vricella-Stokes will attend the University of Denver where he plans to study mathematics.  He is an Eagle Scout, served as treasurer for the senior class and was awarded six varsity letters.  His older brother Joseph was awarded a scholarship from the College Men’s Club in 2014.

Ritter will attend the University of Indiana, where he plans to study music.  He was involved in music and drama programs at WHS and he has a strong interest in public policy and politics.

Kelly, Vricella-Stokes and Ritter were members of the National Honor Society.

“Receiving a scholarship award is just the start of the relationship that we’ll have with William, JD, Michael and Jack,” said Shawn Hanna, president of the College Men’s Club. “We will stay involved with them during their college careers and as young professionals as a resource for advice and counseling.”

The club has raised over $1 million in scholarship money for young men since 1922.

 

The deadline for applications consideration is April 22, 2016.

Pictured Left to Right:  Michael Dazzo, James Hunter, William Chandler, Christopher Romano, Shawn Hanna (President College Men’s Club), Sean Moore, Kyle Jason & Jack Rose

On December 30, 2015 The College Men’s Club of Westfield held an award ceremony at Echo Lake Country Club to honor our 2015 scholarship award winners and present them the second half of their grant.  They each took turns telling the Trustees and parents in attendance about their college experiences so far including what they are studying and where.  With majors ranging from undecided to Cognitive Science and Robotics the evening was not short of interesting stories and a good time was had by all.  The schools represented by these young men, in no particular order, are The College of New Jersey, Dickinson College, University of Maryland, Lafayette College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Macalester College.  The College Men’s Club of Westfield congratulates our 2015 award winners and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.  We would also like to thank all of our generous donors and event attendees without whom none of this would be possible.  We will be accepting applications starting soon for our 2016 scholarship awards so if you are interested please email [email protected] for more information.  Additionally please be on the lookout for our new website, www.cmcwestfield.org,  set to launch at the end of January.

 

Shawn Hanna (President of the College Men’s Club), Chris Bonn, David Lobe & Dave Germond (VP of the College Men’s Club)

This past Sunday evening The College Men’s Club of Westfield held their 2nd annual Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at The American Legion in Westfield where they raised over $12,000.00 to support their mission of providing college scholarships to deserving young men in our community.  The winners were David Lobe in 1st place, Chris Bonn in 2nd place and Dave Germond in 3rd place.

The College Men’s Club of Westfield is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1922 by a group of college graduates who wanted to provide money for higher educational opportunities to deserving young men in the community.

All money raised by the Club goes to scholarships for the kids.   The Club has helped many students with financial need, particularly those who might not otherwise be considered for assistance. Students who are struggling with life issues, or need to work after school to help support their families, gain special consideration.

The club looks closely at those who need the extra help, yet have a burning desire to attend college and succeed in life.  The College Men’s Club would like to thank everyone who attended the event, our supporters at Shop Rite of Garwood and Publick House in Mountainside and our major donors for making this another successful fundraising effort.

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