RANDOLPH, NJ - One of the biggest annual fundraiser events in Randolph is also one of the most “fun” events celebrated in town each year. For the ladies in town, at least it is.
The PTO's annual “Ladies Night Out” gathering took place on Friday April 15 in a massive ballroom at the Hanover Marriott. The evening brought out not only mothers of school-aged children and PTO members who run the event, but also teachers, school board members and township government as well.
“When I think about all the activities, services and support that we, all of you, the members of Randolph PTO’s have done over the years, I am in awe,” said PTO President Sheryl Penny upon welcoming the crowd. “Each and every one of you supports the initiatives that are so important to our district. I am proud of our accomplishments, proud of the collaborative relationship we have with district administrators, and with the Board of Education.”
Before dining on a buffet dinner, all in attendance were able to bid for tricky tray items and draw straws for chances to win a host of different gift items. Tricky Tray items were donated by over 100 local businesses, groups, and organizations to help raise money and contribute to the nights festivities.
“We all share one common goal – to enrich the learning experience for our 5,000 students, our children, to make it the best it can be,” said Penny. “I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the many businesses, families and friends who faithfully contribute to Ladies Night Out. Thanks to them, we are raffling close to $45,000 in prizes tonight.”
Penny continued, “I would like to give special thanks to John Herold Jewelers and the American Animal Hospital for their unwavering support and generosity, please welcome John Herold and Dr. and Mrs. Ammerall.”
Mayor Roman Hirniak, along with town council member Joanne Veech, Deputy Mayor Chirstine Carey, and Lance Tksacs, town planning board member, were also on hand to lend their support. Penny took a moment to recognize Carey as a former PTO council president.
When asked about the evening, Hirniak commented, “I want to offer congratulations to the Randolph PTO Council on three decades of “Ladies Night Out”, a truly remarkable fundraiser for our Township Schools and their programs. Providing the absolute best education for our schoolchildren has always been a top priority in our community and this year’s organizing committee outdid themselves in their efforts to create a great evening, filed with laughter and smiles.”
Penny welcomed Interim Superintendent Jen Fano and further stated, “We are honored to have members of the Board of Education with us this evening, Board of Ed President and Vice President Al Matos and Chrissy Aulenbach.”
After thanking the PTO Council fundraising committee as well as the volunteers who helped make the night a success, Penny concluded with a special message to two individuals.
“I want to offer a very special thank you to my co-chair, the council vice president and a treasured friend of mine, Maria Rizzolo. There is also a guest here tonight who has provided me much support and advice over the years, who has spent many years supporting the PTA/PTO. Her countless and tireless efforts will surely be missed. Please give a round of applause for Sandy Weber.”
Shongum Principal Clifford Burns then took the podium and acted as Emcee for the evening’s drawings, announcing the many winners of the gift baskets.
The biggest prizes of the night were donated by two businesses which are “staples” in the Randolph community, who also happen to look out their front door at each other on the corner of Sussex and Millbrook.
The Grand Raffle First Place prize was a diamond and sapphire necklace, with a retail value of $5,000 donated by Jonh Herold Jewlers. Second place was a $1,000 VISA gift card and comprehensive wellness check-up for a pet donated by American Animal Hospital.