2019 Tauber Awards
Tauber and Arthur Tauber Scholar/Athlete Awards announced
By LANCE BLACKSHAW
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.