NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Harlem Wizards brought excitement and fanfare to the New Providence High School Gym on Wednesday evening for the Allen W. Roberts School (AWR) sixth-grade fundraiser.

The event was sold out and the capacity crowd enjoyed the antics of the talented basketball players as they were challenged by the Pioneer faculty team. The Pioneer team was made up of New Providence district teachers, staff, administration, parents and community members. 

The Harlem Wizards brand of “Trick Hoops & Alley Oops” entertainment basketball has been packing gyms across the globe for 50 years.

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Superintendent of Schools Dave Miceli said, “This event draws a great crowd of students, teachers and community members.  We have done a number of Wizards game events and they have always been very successful.”

Chris Monaco coaches his sons Jake and Christopher Junior in local sports activities for the PAL.  He also looked forward to playing against the Wizards and said, “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The Allen W. Roberts sixth-grade committee was excited to bring these famous athletes to New Providence.  It was the biggest fundraiser for the sixth-grade to help finance all their events and class trips.

Air Jamaica of the Harlem Wizards said, “We are raising money for a really good cause. It is a great way for us to utilize the game of basketball.  It is always a pleasure and an exciting time.”

Lea Monaco and Carolyn Glatz were the sixth-grade committee co-chairs. Monaco commented, “We have a sold-out event because of the support of the community and thanks to them we are able to do this important fundraiser. There are a lot of families in the community who are attending and it shows how close and supportive the New Providence community is.”

Glatz commented that the committee decided to do one big event instead of many small fundraisers, which worked very well for busy parents. She also said, “We are very pleased with the support from individuals in schools throughout the district.”

Other members of the sixth-grade committee include Barbara Kogan, Amy Lepre, Amy Lamotta, Denise Barber, Jane Mason, Rhonda Prasrad and Dana Cahill.

There were many business and corporate sponsors who contributed to the success of the fundraiser.  The 6th grade at Allen W. Roberts thanked their tickets sponsor, Atlantic Rehabilitation, their All Star Event Sponsors: Bistro Seven Three and Verizon Wireless New Providence, and their T-Shirt Sponsor, Special Tees, for helping to fund the event.

They also thanked Dr. Robert Robinson D.D.S, Avenue Deli, NP Fuel, Coppola Restaurant and Pizzeria, Marlenny’s Hair Cutters, McGrath’s Paint and Hardware, Al Morgan Painting, Spring Cleaners and Tailors, Towne Vision, Adam’s Fine Clothing, Braunschweiger Jewelers, Skin Deep Salon and Spa, Paolo’s Kitchen, Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club, Martial Arts for Life, Elements Therapeutic Massage, Ferdinand Jewelers, A&P Food Store, Prestige Diner, New Providence Florist, Indigo Gymnastics, Village Nails, Flip Consignment and the New Providence Historic Society, for their support.