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Local Merchants Sponsor the Madison Education Foundation Fall Gala

Boarding-pass inspired gala invitations inform registrants about the event's new features, including online registration, a "Golden Ticket Trip" raffle prize and online bidding for the silent auction. Credits: Madison Education Foundation

MADISON, NJ – Madison Education Foundation will on Nov. 3, 7:30-11 p.m., host its annual fall “Around the World” gala with support for the first year ever from local community partners.

The Nov. 3 event will take place at The Westin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany Road in Morristown and raises money to fund educational enrichment grants for teachers and staff members of Madison Public Schools.

“We can’t do what we do without the generosity of local Madison businesses,” said the foundation’s Co-President Clare Sievers. “Our major gala sponsors are helping us make this year’s gala an unforgettable night for the Madison community.”

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New to the gala this year is the implementation of an online bidding service for the silent auction and “Golden Ticket Trip” raffle with a prize of a luxurious four-night, five-day all-inclusive stay the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. The silent auction will go live approximately 10 days before the event.

The gala also features a silent auction, tricky tray, wine pull and photo booth. What’s What, Madison’s own local band, will perform live.

Invitations were mailed out districtwide, and registration is available for $85 per person at the door and online at Ticket price includes all food and beverages. Golden tickets are $20 each and will be sold online and at the event.

Here’s a look at this year’s sponsors:

Avenue Travel Group, 62 Main St.

Avenue Travel Group is the donor of this year’s “Golden Ticket Trip” raffle prize: a Cancun vacation.

“It’s a win-win when we get to donate to a great cause and immerse ourselves deeper in the Madison community,” said Tom Nero, owner of Avenue Travel Group.

The raffle is “proving to be huge draw for the Gala, and we’re grateful to Avenue Travel Group for their contribution,” said foundation Co-President Diane Ryan.

“Awarding this vacation to one lucky guest at the gala will be a high point of the night,” she said.

For more information, visit

Escape Room New Jersey - 19 Waverly Place

Escape Room New Jersey, an interactive adventure experience for groups, is the sponsor of the gala’s signature Escape Room cocktail experience.

“Our mission is to bring people together to solve problems and have fun, and we can’t wait to be a part of this special night that celebrates creative problem-solving in education,” said Michael Metzger, owner of Escape Room New Jersey’s Madison location.

Visit to learn more.

The Max Challenge - 35 Main St.

The Max Challenge, a life-changing, 10-week program to help members get in the best shape of their lives, will sponsor the gala’s photo booth.

“Our mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Gregory Kleiman, owner of The Max Challenge in Madison. “We’re thrilled to ensure guests at the gala who want to make a positive difference in students’ lives capture the fun-filled night in photos.”

For more information on The Max Challenge of Madison, click here.

Main Street Wine Cellars - 300 Main St.

Main Street Wine Cellars is committed to making this year’s wine pull a huge success. Thanks to their generous sponsorship, Gala guests will have a chance to take home some spectacular wines handpicked by Main Street Wine Cellars owner Amrish Vakil.

“We love to be involved in and support our local community in any way we can, and we’re excited to support the Madison Education Foundation gala for almost eight years now,” Vakil said.


The Madison Education Foundation awards grants to pre-K-12 teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students but are above and beyond the school budget. The foundation has awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants since its 2003 inception and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Donations can be submitted online or mailed to PO Box 1093, Madison, NJ 07940. Visit or send an email to for more information.

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