Crooms Baseball Returns This Friday After 50+ Year Hiatus

The Crooms baseball team will make its debut after a 50+ year hiatus this upcoming Friday at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium at 4:00PM. The boys varsity baseball team will face off against Lake Mary Prep this Friday - February 23 - at 4:00PM; admission costs $3.00 for students and $5.00 for general public. Concession stands will be available.

The Panthers last fielded a baseball team over 50 years ago. This inaugural game for the Crooms AoIT baseball team will be played inside a stadium that is built on the grounds of Sanford Field. This storied field hosted baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Tim Raines, and David Eckstein; it also served as the spring training facility for the NY Giants. Be sure you come out and cheer on our Crooms AoIT Panthers to victory; who knows, you might even see the making of future baseball legends playing on these hallowed grounds!

Sanford Memorial Stadium is located at 1201 Mellonville Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

The baseball team is also in need of financial support. If you are able to support the team financial please feel free to donate through the Alumni Association or the school. For more information please e-mail scholarship@croomsalumni.com .

Announcing the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Athletics Grant Winner

Dear Crooms AoIT Athletics Family,

Thank you for your efforts to support the athletics program at Crooms AoIT. As graduates, we understand how important extracurricular activities – especially team sports – are to the personal development of Croomies. Without your tireless dedication and attention, the opportunities provided through these programs would not be possible.

As a testament to your dedication to the athletics program at Crooms AoIT, we received a record number of grant applications this year. Requests for support came in from past grant recipients and new applicants alike. We even received an application from a new sports program at Crooms AoIT: the baseball program. While the Alumni Association would love to provide a grant to all of this year’s applicants, we had to make some tough calls and narrow down our selection to the winning recipient(s).

This year, the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc. has decided to award a grant in the amount of $500.00 to the boys volleyball program. This grant will be used to pay for a new net system that will benefit not only the boys and girls volleyball program, but also the broader physical education program at Crooms AoIT. The current net system dates back to the start of the school – making it at least 15 years old (if not older, as it was previously in service in South Florida prior to making the journey to Sanford). In the coming weeks our team will work with the Crooms AoIT support staff to pay out the grant money for use by the program.

Again, we would like to thank all of you for your continued efforts and support. Because of you, past, current, and future Croomies have a more fulfilling and well-rounded experience during their high school years.

Best of luck in the spring sports season this year, and Go Panthers!

On behalf of the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association,

Frank C. Bracco, Class of 2006
Honorary Director
Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc.

2017-2018 Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Athletics Grant

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association’s grant program has been established to support the arts, athletics, activities and clubs at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in pursuit of a full and enriching academic experience for every student. The Alumni Association raises funds for the grant program through the use of private donations, which are separate from our membership dues. To keep the grant program viable, we ask that your team or program members and families become involved in the to the Alumni Association's events and activities now or in the future to ensure future students are able to receive similar support.

A total of $500 will be distributed during the Spring 2018 grant season. Multiple grants may be awarded, as such, applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount they need. All funds distributed this season will be issued to a sporting team or athletic club, coach, or physical education program at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. A request amount may be less than or equal to $500 amount.

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm January 31, 2018

Procedures and Reporting Requirements

1. Submit the application: Applications may be submitted by e-mail at management@croomsalumni.com
2. Applications must be received by 11:59pm January 31, 2018
3. Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni Association’s Grants Committee. Distribution will occur in February 2018.
4. Input may be sought by the Grants Committee from the Athletic Director or school administrators.
5. You must submit a copy of the invoice supporting the monies spent within one year of receipt of the grant. Please return the invoice by e-mail to management@croomsalumni.com

Tax Reform and Charitable Giving

The holiday season marks a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones. It also presents a time to reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the upcoming new year. Planning for the upcoming year takes on an added importance this year due to the recently passed tax reform.

Here at the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, this holiday season reminds us how grateful we are to our Crooms family that has supported us over the last 12 years. We know that charitable giving – may it be of your time, money, or social media support – is a decision made from the heart. But, we also understand that when it comes to monetary giving, tax policy can greatly influence when you choose to make your philanthropic decisions.

As you may be aware, tax reform has been passed by Congress and signed by the President. While the new tax code remains unpublished, we expect many donors traditionally used to itemizing their charitable deductions may not be eligible in 2018 due to the higher standard deduction. Accordingly, it may be to your advantage to make contributions for 2018 and future years prior to December 31, 2017, to guarantee tax-deductibility under current tax law.

While the final tax regulations are subject to change and you should consult with your own tax advisor, we would encourage you to consider supporting the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association prior to December 31. To further plan for future years, an anonymous donor will match all donations made by the end of the year by 25% (up to $1,000). To make a donation, all you have to do is visit http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at donate@croomsalumni.com.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity and help us make a difference in our Crooms AoIT community. As always, thank you in advance for your generosity, and Happy Holidays!

2017 Scholarship Round-Up and Year-End Financials

With another fiscal year in the rear view mirror, the Board would like to provide all you Croomies out there with an update on our financial activities of the past year. The Alumni Association is committed to transparency in how we receive and utilize financial contributions from Crooms AoIT alumni and our supporters; as such, each year we release a consolidated income and balance sheet statement for public review. Attached to this post you can find the consolidated statement for fiscal year 2016-2017. The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association's fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017 and the Association utilizes a cash accounting system; as such, only transactions posted during the fiscal year are included - encumbrances are only recorded when they are received/paid.

During the fiscal year, the Board and Management Team - with gracious support from alumni volunteers on the grant and scholarship committees - committed to providing $2,600 in financial support to the Crooms AoIT community through the following efforts:

  • $750 - Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Community Scholarship - Sabryna Malik, Vanderbilt University (to be reflected in 2017-2018 expenses)
  • $1,350 - Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Tech Innovation Scholarship - Liraida Heredia, Seminole State College (to be reflected in 2017-2018 expenses)
  • $250 - Athletics Grant to Crooms AoIT Boys Golf Team - new uniforms
  • $250 - Athletics Grant to Crooms AoIT Boys Basketball Team - assist with new uniforms, regulation-sized basketballs for district games, and transportation

Beyond these financial giving activities, the Association's ONLY other expenses are credit card transaction fees, banking fees, and state incorporation fees. In short, at least 96% of all monies received by the Association goes directly to supporting Crooms AoIT and your fellow Croomies. The Association remains the most tax-advantaged and financially efficient way to support Crooms AoIT and we thank you for your continued support as we begin our 12th year in supporting the Crooms AoIT Community.

If you have any questions about the Association's financials or would like to learn about how to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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