MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morristown Educational Foundation surpassed their annual goal for this year's annual talent show by $25,000. The MEF hoped to raise $100,000 but was "so grateful' that they were able to raise $125,000 for the 10 schools in the Morris School District. The annual Morristown Onstage was held at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on March 1.
"We are incredibly grateful to our entire community for its overwhelming support of this annual event which sold out in less than three days", said Molly Servais, Morristown Onstage Chair and Morris Educational Foundation Trustee. "We are thrilled to have raised the most ever in our talent show's 10 year history and to highlight the incredible talent in our area. The Morris Educational Foundation is an integral part of the Morris School District and this fund raising event furthers the Foundation's ability to distribute financial and other resources to the Morris School District."
Back in 2008, five MEF board members came up with the idea of the talent show while sitting around a kitchen table. That year, the event raised $16,000 and the performers performed in front of a couple hundred people. This year the performers performed to a sold out crowd of 1319 and raised over $125,000.
When thinking back to have far the event has come, Kim Pistner, chair of the board of trustees of the MEF said, "The event can only be described as evolutionary".
The MEF congratulated the winners; Jay and Myles (19 & Over), Julianna Belles (18 & Under), Treble Threats (Audience Choice) and Shannon Melody Burns (Rossoff Rising Star as well as thanked their sponsors, playbill advertisers and ticket buyers who supported Morristown ONSTAGE.
Education Champion Headline Sponsors:Morristown Medical CenterShow Sponsor:Beyer Automotive GroupMill Creek ResidentialPrize Sponsor:Provident BankRed Carpet Video Sponsor:Morristown Animal HospitalAudience Choice Sponsor:Bressler Amery RossMark Livingston, Merrill LynchMHS Theater Department Sponsor:The Croonquist Group of Janney Montgomery ScottPartner Sponsors:Mark Gleckner, DMDLindamood-Bell Learning ProcessesNusbaum, Stein, Goldstein, Bronstein & KronWiley Malehorn Sirota & RaynesDessert Reception Sponsor:Jockey Hollow Bar & KitchenTalent Sponsors:BMW of MorristownMichele & George BeckerThe Crawford Home Selling Team/Keller WilliamsDelta DentalFirstEnergy FoundationMayo Performing Arts CenterNormandy Real Estate PartnersPorzio Bromberg & NewmanPSEGRandolph DentalRegal Tax AdvisorsRiker DanzigDavid Singer, DDSMarc & Melissa SpiottaSang & Fred SporerToyota of MorristownMarcie & Glenn Yarnis