“It has been an honor contributing to the school,” says John. “Rumsey has been such a big part of my life for such a long time and it felt right to be able to donate these tennis courts. It is our hope that these facilities will help Rumsey promote and obtain future students for years to come.”
Beyond our donation to Rumsey Hall School, Classic Turf has also contributed significantly in recent years to Southern Connecticut State University’s Day of Caring, the University’s annual fundraiser devoted to raising funds to enhance scholarships and provide financial assistance to students. Over the past two years, we’ve contributed over $20,000 to the University.
“Our family has strong ties to SCSU,” says Kate Eren. “We are proud to contribute annually to the Day of Caring. Our hope is that our donations help students at SCSU continue their education in the warm and friendly environment that we were so lucky to experience.”
Both John and Kate Eren received their MBAs from SCSU, encouraged by John’s parents every step of the way – Classic Turf President Tumer Eren and Dr. Ruth Eren, Professor Emerita. Dr. Eren has held several positions at SCSU, including the Director for the Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Chair of the Department of Special Education/Reading in the School of Education.
“Southern has given me the opportunity to have a very rewarding career in education,” Dr. Eren told SCSU’s Alumni Magazine. “Now the university has given our son and daughter-in-law, with their recently earned MBAs, an opportunity to lead the family company and continue its legacy of philanthropic support.”
Through charitable donations like these, Classic Turf seeks to have a greater impact than once-a-year acts of kindness. We want to help improve lives, whether that be through scholarships that will help a student pursue their dreams, or tennis courts that can be enjoyed for generations. National Philanthropy Day may only come around once a year, but generosity and giving back are acts of kindness that are often on the minds of the Eren family and Classic Turf.