“Taste of Chatham 2013” a Big Tasty Success

Supervisors Helen Comba and Kathleen O'Connor, Principal Ralph Pesapane, Faculty Member Peach Boton
Colleen and Brian Markley and Dana McClintock

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The “Taste of Chatham,” to benefit for the Chatham Educational Foundation (CEF), was in full swing at the Brooklake County Club in Florham Park on Friday, March 8th from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.  The event featured an array of fine wines and cuisine from some of the area’s best restaurants, silent auctions, a tricky tray raffle, and a 50/50 cash raffle.  A live auction was hosted by New Jersey State Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.  Guests were also treated to live musical performances by the talented members of the middle school and high school bands

The event was very well attended by parents, faculty, and friends who came out to support the CEF.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Foundation distributed $66,000 in grants to fund 26 innovative and creative educational and special projects throughout the School District of the Chathams.

CEF Trustee Doug Robertson organized the businesses sponsoring the event.  He commented that support from the business community has increased steadily over the past years.  In 2011, 16 sponsors gave a total of $11,250.00.  In 2012, 19 sponsors gave a total of $12,400.

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Colleen Markley, President of the Chatham Education Foundation, told, “We are greatly appreciative of the various restaurants that came out to showcase their fine cuisine this evening. The response from the business community, residents and school teachers and administrators has been fantastic.” 

Markley expected the 2013 event to be their most successful fundraising event to date, which means additional funds to support the work of teachers and administrators in the School District of the Chathams.

CEF Trustee Stacey Ewald chaired this year’s “Taste of Chatham.”  She said, “A lot of work went into the event and it is amazing as it all comes together.”  She also acknowledged that the evening’s festivities are a “real community effort” and that the many silent auction, tricky tray baskets, and live auction items are possible through the generosity of individuals and local businesses.

Since its inception in 1997, The Chatham Education Foundation has been a leading provider of private funding to the School District of the Chathams.  It supports innovative and creative educational programs and special projects designed to enrich the estimated 4,100 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in the district’s six public schools.  The foundation has distributed more than $600,000 to develop and support more than 275 educational programs, special projects and equipment that would not otherwise be funded through the traditional district budget.

More information about Chatham Educational Foundation can be found by visiting their website,  They encourage people to be involved in the educational process and their pursuit of excellence to ensure the best education for the children who attend Chatham schools.

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