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Hip to be Square for Education: The Nerds Perform at BHEF Fundraiser

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The Nerds performed at the BHEF fundraiser on Friday, January 20, 2017. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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BHEF president Lindy Grimes and event chair Pam Yoss.
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DJ Justin Kausner. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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BHEF president Lindy Grimes, Dr. Patrick Smith and event chair Pam Yoss. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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STIRLING, NJ - More than 300 guests rock 'n' rolled to The Nerds Friday night at Primavera Regency to support the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) benefiting all six schools in the Berkeley Heights district. 

"As a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the Berkeley Heights Public School, the mission of the BHEF depends on the support from families, individuals and businesses," said Lindy Grimes, BHEF President. "On behalf of the trustees, I like to extend our gratitude for your support of our organization for over 21 years."

The funds raised will go directly back to the schools in the form of BHEF gifts and grants to promote the educational excellence in every school and at every grade level. The benefits are spread over many disciplines, including science, technology, language arts, math, art, music, physical fitness and guidance programs. "We are proud that every school benefits from grants funded by the BHEF," said Grimes.

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Back by popular demand, The Nerds rocked the house, opening with the Friends' theme song "I'll Be There for You" and the party didn't stop. The crowd sang along to classics of the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as current hits. The dance floor was jam-packed with guests sporting their retro "nerd" horned rim glasses, where it was hip to be square. Complimenting The Nerds, DJ Justin Klausner set the tone of the evening by spinning crowd pleasing tracks. 

Second time's a charm for BHEF event chair Pam Yoss and her committee. They knew from the first time the BHEF hosted The Nerds, the event would be a huge success. "What was fabulous was people knew the event from the first time and had so much fun, people registered quickly and we have more people than the first time," said Yoss. "We have people representing all parts of the community here." This event brings past and current trustees together, along with new parents and parents of students that have graduated. "We span the entire life-span of a student," Yoss added.

Not only is this event a fundraiser that supports the schools, but it is a community event. "We are trying to reach out to the whole community -- bringing the whole community together to integrate all of the schools," said Yoss.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights was the business sponsor of the evening. Opening soon in Berkeley Heights, the BHEF looks forward to hosting a future event in the Embassy Suite's banquet facility. Along with Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights, the BHEF has several Ambassador level business sponsors that include Smith Chiropractic Foundation, Gabriel Fitness and Performance and Peak Medical.  

Smith Chiropractic Foundation has been a supporter of the BHEF since the days of "Aimee Kaufman", said Dr. Patrick Smith. "Who doesn't want to help the future generation with enrichment. I want every kid to feel special and the sky is the limit. The programs the BHEF run can reach that kid."

A traditional basket raffle was held during the event. The baskets included designer bags, Hamilton tickets, professional sporting event tickets, iPad mini, Amazon Alexa, restaurant gift certificates, xBox One, Spa packages, complementary night at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights, and much more.

The evening included passed hors d'oeuvres, Hot and Cold Stations, Dessert and Coffee Bars.

Aside from the annual fall appeal for donations, the BHEF holds an annual Faculty Basketball Game fundraiser to be held on March 14 at Gov. Livingston High School. 

The BHEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence in the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. The BHEF sponsors programs and organizes events that support innovative instruction, strengthen school–community ties, enrich students’ appreciation of the arts and humanities, and augment technology resources throughout the district. If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming BHEF events and programs, please send an email to us at: subscribe@bhef.info.

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