November 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM
RANDOLPH, NJ – The Randolph Education Foundation (REF) and the Rotary Club of Randolph celebrated 12 of the township’s “Rock Stars” at its third annual Randolph Rock Stars Celebration on Thursday.
The annual cocktail dinner party honors Randolph’s six teachers of the year as well as other members of the community who support education and youth in the township. The civic honorees were:
• Ethan Blynn, school board member of the year, selected by the district administration;
• Carol Strowbridge, administrator of the year, selected by the board of education;
• Judge Gary Algeier, community volunteer of the year, selected by the town council;
• Dean Butafucco, business person of the year; David Sacco, student volunteer of the year; and Barbara Stevens, Rotarian of the year; all selected by the Rotary Club of Randolph.
The six teachers honored were Maura Boucher of Shongum; Christine Brembs of Ironia; Kelly Fogas of Randolph High School; Donna Marucci of Center Grove; Geri Restivo of Fernbrook; and William Zagoren of Randolph Middle School.
The event, which took place at the Meadow Wood Manor, featured live entertainment provided by 10 West Jazz, as well as a silent auction, including such items as jewelry from John Herold Jewelers, dinner for four with Chef Eric at Morris Tap and Grill, a butcher block kitchen cart from Elegant Kitchens, personal training, yoga sessions, sports tickets, and more.
Guests were also given the opportunity to purchase last minute tickets for the REF’s Honda Civic car raffle, graciously donated by Joyce Honda. A portion of the proceeds from the car raffle will benefit the music programs in the Randolph Township Schools. A highlight of the evening included the live drawing of the car raffle winner by Debbie Greco-Stark of Joyce Honda. Congratulations to Diane DiGiuseppe of Denville, NJ, who was the lucky winner of the 2014 Honda Civic.
“We are thrilled to host our third annual Rock Stars Celebration and honor those teachers and community leaders who truly make a difference for the youth in our town,” said Margaret Clark, REF president. “The money we raise this evening will provide funds for a number of meaningful programs throughout the school district, including professional development for teachers, our Next Practices Grant program which provides a $10,000 grant to fund fresh ideas in education, and our 2nd Pair of Jeans program, which provides much needed support to students with financial need.”
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The Randolph Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable trust that provides alternative funding to support education and innovation in Randolph Township Public Schools. Launched in 2010, the REF relies on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. These donations are directly applied to vital educational programming for Randolph children. Additional information is available at www.randolpheducationfoundation.org.