They're both residents of Stamford who ascended to the state's highest positions in government. Their achievements are due, in no small measure, to the educational foundation they received in Stamford public schools, both have said. Westhill High School graduates Gov. Dannel Malloy and former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele will be honored for what they did with that education.

The Stamford Public Education Foundation will present each with its 2011 Excellence in Education Award during a three-hour event beginning at 6 p.m. March 7 at Stamford Center for the Arts/The Palace. The evening will be a fundraiser for the foundation. Many of the city's education leaders are among the organizers of the event. In addition to the award presentation, there will be a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

The Stamford Public Education Foundation is devoted to maintaining quality public education in Stamford. Although it is independent of the local school system, it works closely with Stamford Public Schools to help provide programs, services, training and growth opportunities to students and teachers. It has invested more than $6.5 million toward that end goal since it was formed in 2000.

Sponsorships are available for the Excellence in Education Award benefit, starting at $125 for an individual. For more information, contact Sue Rigano at 3.

Has your child benefitted from an education initiative sponsored by the Stamford Public Education Foundation? What was it?