Morristown, NJ (February 24, 2021) - The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) is pleased to announce that Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, will once again serve as the Headline Sponsor of its 14th annual talent show, Morristown ONSTAGE. Featuring the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Plains and Morris Township, the all virtual show will be streamed live on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00pm EST.
"Our children are the health care leaders of tomorrow and we are proud to partner with the Morris Educational Foundation in their mission to provide the best opportunities for students," said Trish O'Keefe, Ph.D., RN, President, Morristown Medical Center. "Without question, the global COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly transformed how we care for our communities and the future of the health care profession will be driven by the next generation of health care professionals who will need a quality education."
Beyer Family Automotive Group signed on as the first-ever Luxury Raffle Sponsor, where the Grand Prize is a 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4. Kristen & Tom Cunningham, Mill Creek Residential's Modera 44 & Modera 55, Red Clover and the law office of Steven H. Wolff are this year's Show Sponsors. Provident Bank is continuing as the Prize Sponsor and Morristown Animal Hospital has signed on again this year as the first Audition Sponsor.
Michele & George Becker and JCP&L/FirstEnergy Foundation return as sponsors to join Duff & Phelps as Community Sponsors. Returning in another new category, Colonial Nation Sponsor, are The Croonquist Group of Janney Montgomery Scott, Jeanne and Joe Goryeb and Longo Electric, who reach members of the alumni and community network.
Athleta; Beinhaker & Beinnhaker; BMW of Morristown; Deloitte; Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen; The Crawford Home Selling Team - Keller Williams; Hillary & Richard Lindner; Match Non-Profit Consulting; Mayo Performing Arts Center; Hector Mizlavsky & Judy Martinez/Golden Bagel Runners; New York Red Bulls; PSE&G; Aaron & Adriana Sanandreas; Melanie & Alan Smith; Melissa & Marc Spiotta; Toyota of Morristown; Katherine & Joe Vizzini; Chris & Christine Volinsky; Chrissie & Chris Wetherbee and Marcie & Glenn Yarnis have all committed as Talent Sponsors of the show and Aires Jewelers, Morristown Partnership and South + Pine American Eatery are featured as Raffle Prize Contributors.
"This year's Morristown ONSTAGE event is truly one of unity, support and perseverance," said Melanie Smith, Morristown ONSTAGE event chair and member of the Morris Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. "We know the pandemic has brought financial challenges to many, so we are incredibly thankful for the ongoing commitment from Morristown Medical Center and generous community sponsors. Together We Can continue to raise funds to support the needs of the Morris School District and put on an extraordinary show that the community knows and loves. We appreciate all our dedicated sponsors, benefactors and online ad journal advertisers and look forward to our virtual event on March 10."
The finalists will compete for one of two 1st place $1,000 cash prizes - one for contestants ages 19 and over and one for contestants ages 18 and under, who will also have the opportunity to perform in the 2022 Morristown ONSTAGE event at Mayo Performing Arts Center. Additionally, $500 will be awarded for the "Audience Choice" Winner, which is a "text-to-vote" at the end of the show, a $250 Rossoff Rising Star Award for talent training chosen by th Morristown ONSTAGE Steering Committee, and the New York Jets Take Flight Award to the top two vocalists to audition to sing the national anthem during a New York Jets home game.
A panel of distinguished arts and entertainment professionals will judge the competition. Returning as the Master of Ceremonies and host of the show is Morristown resident and Senior Content Producer at PEOPLE (the TV show!), Tara Bernie, who was awarded an Emmy for her work as the Senior Correspondent on DailyMailTV.
For a sneak peek of this year's showcase, visit <https://vimeo.com/513535602> https://vimeo.com/513535602.
Morristown ONSTAGE 2021 is a virtual event that will be viewed online. Tickets to view Morristown ONSTAGE are available for purchase online at
<https://www.morrisedfoundation.org/morristown-onstage/buy-tickets.html> www.morrisedfoundation.org/morristown-onstage/buy-tickets.html. A unique link will be shared with ticket holders the day of the event, March 10, 2021 via email.