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Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center Celebrates End of Year with MusicFest

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mary K. Mcmillan PTO held their annual MusicFest on Friday May 20 at the school -- featuring music performed by Hoboken’s premier children’s band, The Fuzzy Lemons.  
 
The children danced the evening away to both familiar and original tunes of the band.  "This PTO sponsored event is such an incredible way to engage the families of the school and enhance the feeling of community,” said Julie Nelson, MKM PTO President.  
 
 
Concert-goers also enjoyed pizza from Clemente's Pizzeria and delicious frozen treats generously donated by Rita's Italian Ice, both of Berkeley Heights.  
 
Nelson thanks the Committee Chairs, Tammy Zanko, Johanna Dy and Melissa Kanarek, for ensuring such a successful event.  "The Music Fest is our PTO year-end celebration and a wonderful way for parents, teachers and children, to come together and celebrate a great year at Mary Kay McMillan," said Nelson. "We were super excited to have over 195 families in attendance  with 338 children enjoying a night of music, fun, and nice weather.  Special thanks goes to all our volunteers and donors.  The support everyone gave to the MKM March event was touching. We could not have asked for anything more! It was a great turnout on a beautiful Spring day." 
 
The “Mary Kay March” was also held that evening.  Karen Bocian, with help from other MKM teachers, organized the fun game in an effort to support two staff members who are undergoing cancer treatment.  Each class was asked to contribute toys, goodies and gift cards in accordance with a "theme" such as “Beach Day!” to “Rainy Day Fun” to “Let’s Have a BBQ”.  Children who attended the MusicFest had the opportunity to participate in the march in hopes of winning one of the amazing baskets.
 
 "The event was a huge success, and coupled with donations from the MKM community and staff, we raised over $2,700," said Bocian. "The two staff members were truly touched by everyone’s generosity.  Thank you so much for your involvement in this fundraiser, whether you donated an item to a class basket, participated in the basket walk, bought a 'Mary Kay March' bracelet, or simply sent your good wishes."

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