BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Gov. Livingston blue gym was buzzing with excitement as the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) hosted its 19th Annual Faculty Basketball game on Tuesday, March 15.

The Berkeley Heights community enthusiastically cheered on their peers and teachers throughout the night. Teachers from all Berkeley Heights schools battled on the court in an intense match between the Red and Blue Teams.

The Berkeley Heights Boy Scout Color Guard from Troop 368 led the flag ceremony and teacher Patricia Hetherington sang the National Anthem followed by Mary Kay McMillin first grade students taking center court to sing their  theme song before tip-off.

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In between quarters and at halftime, students from Berkeley Heights elementary schools took to the court to perform dances. Woodruff students started off performing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough," while Mountain Park danced to “Fight Song," and Hughes took it home with pop-hit “Uptown Funk." The Columbia Middle School Cheerleaders halftime routine brought additional excitement from the crowd along with their Tiger mascot.

As the game commenced, the Red Team took an early lead. The Blue Team, however, fought back to keep up intensity until the end. Although the red team came out victorious 55-44, the teams went back-and-forth in an energetic battle for dominance.

In the end, the real winner was the BHEF and its fundraising efforts for the school district. A sense of community and togetherness thrived throughout the night as cheers and laughter filled the gym. The event could not have been possible without the school and community support and help from sponsor Gabriele Fitness and Performance.

“The BHEF is so grateful to the community for their support of our 19th Annual Faculty Basketball game that raises funds that support grants and programs for all Berkeley Heights schools,” Lindy Grimes, President of the BHEF said, “Faculty members along with our event sponsor, Gabriele Fitness and Performance, played to a sold out crowd on the basketball court and entertainment was provided by students from Mary Kay McMillan Early Childhood Center, Woodruff, Hughes, and Mountain Park Schools.”