MADISON, NJ – The Friends of the Adult School of Chatham, Madison and Florham Park invite adults from all communities to attend the Adult School’s 80th anniversary gala fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m., at the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters on 29 Prospect St. in Madison.

Gala proceeds will be used to support the Adult School so it can continue to provide affordable, high-quality, lifelong learning programs that are interesting, informative, useful and fun.

The celebration includes wine and beer offerings, a variety of hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Catering Department of Madison’s Thursday Morning Club and live music by members of the Adult School jazz band.

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Attendees can enter to win a wide array of prizes via silent auction or raffle at Saturday’s event. A separate 50/50 raffle will also be held.

Prizes include include a Coach bag, an Amazon Kindle, a golf foursome, four tickets to a 2018 New York Yankees game (including parking), theater tickets, restaurant gift cards, a wine basket, signed sports memorabilia, beautiful handcrafted items, tickets to local sporting events and more.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Each admission includes five complementary prize raffle tickets. Additional raffle and 50/50 tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

To purchase tickets, click here or call 973-443-9222.

Donations are welcome. The Adult School is a nonprofit organization that receives no guaranteed outside financial funding. Tuition and fees do not cover all operating costs. All donations are tax-deductible.

Donations can be made online at or via check. Mail-in contributions should be made payable to The Adult School, PO Box 125, Madison, NJ 07940.

The Adult School History

The Adult School has provided exceptional lifelong learning opportunities since its founding in 1937 during the midst of the Great Depression. Courses offered in its early years and through those of World War II included a variety of classes such as knitting, sewing, typing, creative writing and Italian.

As times and the needs of society changed, so did the Adult School’s offerings. Today’s catalog features more than 300 classes, including painting, computers, a variety of languages, health and fitness, finance, music and trips.

Day and evening classes are held in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Chatham, Florham Park, Madison, Warren and Westfield.