NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Parents, teachers and community members came out in force to Salt Brook School Elementary in New Providence for its third annual Big Basket Raffle on Saturday.
Extra hours were added for Salt Brook families on Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Last year’s event raised about $15,000.
Each of the 32 classes at Salt Brook School donated a basket. There was an array of prizes that included gift certificates, sports baskets, gourmet offerings, beauty supplies, and items for children including American Girl dolls and LEGOs. With 75 baskets displayed, a refreshment area, and a 50/50, there was something for everyone. Basket raffle tickets started at $1 each with 25 tickets for $20.00.
DJ John Souren, an alumnus of Salt Brook School, provided music to entertain guests during the Big Basket Raffle.
This year’s committee co-chairs were Kerry Fitzgerald and Paulette Beck. The committee also included Allison Smith, Kathy Verbaro, Jeanne Cook, and Deana Cumiskey. All of the women are mothers of Salt Brook students. To generate interest from the community, there was a lot of advance press, signs were posted locally and social media was used.
Fitzgerald said, “The community’s response has been excellent with donations and outstanding volunteer efforts. We appreciate everyone coming out for the event on their busy weekend."
“It’s a great social event," Verbaro said. "So many families came out today. It is especially nice that parents who are new to the school get a chance to meet members of the Salt Brook community.”
Cooke said, “It’s wonderful that the community came together to make terrific donations. The Salt Brook families have been so excited about the event.”
Paulette Beck commented, “The PTA makes very important contributions to the school. We have an Authors Day when a book author comes to the school to speak, and also sponsors a musical for the school.”
Kate and John Goldsmith of New Providence attended the Basket Raffle with their three children. One of their children attends Salt Brook Elementary School. John told TheAlternativePress.com, “This is our first time here. We’ve heard a lot of great things about it. We also like the opportunity to see our neighbors and friends.”