BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) hosted its 18th annual Faculty All-Star basketball game Tuesday evening at Governor Livingston High School.
The fundraiser has become one of the more anticipated Berkeley Heights events of the year, and once again, it didn’t disappoint. A basketball game featuring faculty and staff from throughout the district was the highlight of the event. The fundraiser also included singing and dancing performances by the district’s elementary and middle school students.
The event was sponsored by Gabriele Fitness and Performance. Proceeds for the event benefit the programs, grants, and gifts supported by the BHEF.
“It was an overall good night,” Phil Acosta, a teacher at Governor Livingston, said. “It’s nice when the parents and kids come together for events such as this. And the fact that this event raises money makes it a lot better.”
GL’s gym was jam-packed with district students and faculty. The positive buzz and energy for the event were evident upon stepping foot inside the gym. The students were hyped and raised their intensity once their respective schoolmates performed on the court at various points throughout the evening. The evening’s performances included a singing rendition of “We Are Stars” from Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center students, and dancing renditions from Woodruff (“Keep Your Head In The Game”), Mountain Park (“You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar"), and Hughes (“Happy”) Elementary School students.
“What’s special about this event is that it not only involved people in the schools, but people in the community as well,” Acosta said. “And that’s what events should be about.”
As for the game itself, the Red team defeated the Blue team by a score of 55-24. The game was lopsided from the beginning as the Red team jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first and put them Blue team in a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out from. The game’s score nor the game itself, were important. What’s important was that the community, especially the students, enjoyed themselves. Joe Reel, a district teacher and assistant coach on the Governor Livingston boy's basketball team, re-echoed that sentiment.
“The event went very well in the fact that we were able to bring the whole community together for a good cause,” Reel, who also played in the faculty game, said. “Tonight’s event was not about the game. It was really for the kids and you could tell they really had a good time. It’s rare to get all the schools together for an event like this so it was a real special night. And the fact that we raised a lot of money for BHEF made the night even more special.”