NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High School Athletic Booster Club held its second annual Pioneer Potluck Pigout on Thursday evening in the school’s cafeteria.
DJ John Souren provided the musical entertainment in the cafeteria during dinner and the Athletic Booster Club also held a 50-50 raffle to raise funds.
The proceeds from the dinner will directly benefit the student athletes and the NPHS Athletic Program. They also fund annual scholarships for graduating seniors.
Anne Detlet served on the committee to organize food for the event. Winter sports team families and local businesses contributed a wide variety of hot and cold menu items for the Pigout. Detlet was delighted with generosity of the local merchants. They included A & P, Avenue Deli, Coppola’s Ristorante, Daham’s Bagel and Deli, Hoboken Farms, Old Glory, South Street Market, Tables for Two, Towne Deli, Krakus Deli, and Cathy Di Benedictis-Coldwell Banker-Summit.
Dinner was available throughout the evening and after the games. The guests could order salads, pizza, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Ninth-graders Jordan Detlet and Kelly Sherman enjoyed the food donated by Coppolas and the macaroni and cheese.
Three players on the girls' basketball team, Katie Kinum, Sydney Morang and Casey Trezza, attended the Pigout and agreed that the potluck dinner was “a lot of fun.”
Gary Bremer, coach of the NPHS wrestling team, has a son who is a senior at the school and a daughter who is a sophomore. Bremer said, “It’s a really nice event. I appreciate everything the Booster Club does for us.”
For people who arrived early, there was a freshman boys basketball game at 4 p.m. and a junior varsity boys basketball game at 5:30 p.m. The varsity boys basketball game started at 7 p.m. against Gov. Livingston High School.
The boys varsity basketball team was enthusiastic about their season and the event. Tyler Curto said, “Our team has a great chemistry.” Another player, Bryan Joyce commented, “We’ve had a great home record this year.”
Russell Anderson, the freshman boys basketball coach, enjoyed dinner after the freshman game. He said, “The boys had a great season and improved all year. The team got better each game.”
Athletic Booster Club President Laurie Barletta said, “This evening is a true example of how our community comes together to support our student athletes.” Barletta also spoke about the wide variety of delicious food that is presented. “There is no way of knowing all the different varieties that we will receive, hence the 'pot luck' in the event title. However, I can tell you that the outpouring of food is tremendous. That's where the 'pig out' comes in."