2019 Tauber Awards

Sandra Kaye Tauber and Arthur Tauber Scholar/Athlete Awards announced


Two Mepham alums have recently established the Sandra Kaye Tauber and Arthur Tauber Scholar/Athlete Awards, which will be presented for the first time to two graduating Mepham students at the Senior Awards Nights ceremony to be held on June 11 in the Mepham auditorium. One male and one female student, chosen by Mepham faculty/staff members, will each receive a $2,500 award.

Eligibility for the Tauber Awards is based on a scholastic average of 85 or better, participation as a member of varsity sports team, and an expressed interest in pursuing a degree program and/or career in a business-oriented area. Other criteria to be considered will be leadership in athletic and non-athletic extracurricular activities and community service.

Spouses Art and Sandy (Kaye) Tauber are 1954 and 1955 Mepham graduates, respectively. During their years at Mepham they were active in sports and a variety of other extracurricular activities. In 1969 they founded Avanti Linens, a company that created, designed and produced a new product: embroidered and fabric trimmed embellished towels for the decorative bath industry. Starting out in a small studio, followed by a 5,000 square foot loft, in Manhattan, the company now occupies a 175,000 square foot state-of the art design, production, distribution and administration facility in Moonachie, NJ. Avanti Linens currently employs 200 people who work as designers, sewers, managers, and members of a marketing/sales force.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Avanti currently features 150 embellished towel styles. In 2004 the company added bath accessories, shower curtains, and bath rugs to its product lines; and five years later expanded into table linens and kitchen textiles. Today, Avanti Linens is recognized as a premier enterprise in the innovative design and manufacture of its products, with clientele including many hotels, specialty stores, and other quality conscious retailers.

It is expected, through their support, that Art and Sandy Tauber will be able to encourage students to embark on productive and satisfying business careers following their graduation from Mepham.