NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Education Foundation held its annual Casino Royale at the New Providence Senior Center on Saturday night.  NPEF is a non-profit corporation committed to generating and allocating resources to New Providence’s public schools.   The foundation was able to award more than $62,500 in grants to the schools last year to help fund programs to enhance student learning.  Casino Royale is NPEF’s primary fundraiser, providing NPEF with over $50,000 last year alone.

This year's Casino Royale was a huge success.  Over 230 attendees had fun gaming and catching up with friends.  In addition to other festivities, Casino Royale offered an auction featuring trips, merchandise and services.  There were a variety of baskets as well as new silent and live auction items.  Top prizes that generated the most buzz were the Diamonds and Champagne tickets (for a chance to win a Blue Topaz and Diamond David Yurman necklace) and the Masters tickets (3-day trip for two to the 2011 Masters in Augusta, Georgia as well as two rounds of golf.   

Teri Covello and Diane Rispoli co-chaired the event.  Covello told The Alternative Press, "We didn't meet our goal (aiming for $50,000).  We did however raise $36,500 for the schools and children of New Providence.  This is slightly lower than last year's all time high of fundraising but in the tough economic environment, almost $37K is remarkable and we are very proud!"
 
Covello continued, "The NPEF Board of Trustees is currently reviewing all grants that were submitted by the teachers of New Providence and in December we will be able to determine which grants we will fund at that time."

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She concluded, "Diane Rispoli and I would like to thank our entire committee without whom the event would have never have happened!  They are all very busy parents who carved out time to help and we truly appreciate that!  Last but not least, special thanks to Braunschweiger Jewelers in New Providence for donating the beautiful David Yurman necklace for the event!"