RANDOLPH, NJ- After 30 years of successful “Ladies Night Out” fundraisers, the Randolph PTO Council decided that a re-invention of the district wide event was due. By opening the guest list up to both genders this year, the night was a huge hit as hundreds of Randolph couples cut loose to the entertainment of the legendary NJ cover band The Nerds.
Randolph PTO president Jen Gangi was determined to re-energize and spice up the fundraiser this year. The sight of 500 adults dancing the night away to a band many of them followed in their 20's and 30's while growing up in New Jersey, proved it was the right call.
“When I volunteered to become PTO Council President, my job was to come up with a new format,” said Gangi. “Having a daughter entering High School turned out to be a beneficial turn of events. Mrs. Iosso introduced the "ALL IN" Randolph theme, and I felt it was the perfect way for us to recreate our fundraising event by bringing men into the fold this year.
Gangi continued, “I personally love live music, and immediately contacted The Nerds about performing.”
Along with the help of VP Stacey Gellert, Gangi and dozens of PTO volunteers worked tirelessly, and put on an event that residents were talking about into the weeks that followed.
“We are thrilled over 500 people came together as a community and had a great time,” said Gellert. “We are already planning next year's event, which will include the Nerds once again.”
The traditional tricky tray baskets, 50-50, and grand prize raffles all remained intact, along with other fun opportunities to win prizes ranging from wine bottles to handbags.
All three of the grand raffle winners were Randolph families. As has been the case for many years, John Herold Jewelers and American Animal Hospital generously donated the two biggest prizes. The three grand raffle winners were:
1st- Nicole Lufft- $5,000 value John Herold Jewelers donated a diamond and sapphire bracelet
2nd- Margit Dalagin-$1,000 Visa gift card donated by American Animal Hospital on Sussex Turnpike
3rd- Beth Miller-$750 gift card to Paradise Spa and Nail Salon
The 50/50 winner was Laura Maronpot from John Herold's, who won $2,100.
Gangi stated, “We are still figuring out expenses but we are happy and proud to say that over $20,000 was raised for Randolph Schools.
The money raised will go toward scholarships, the umbrella insurance for all six school's PTO's and other various projects and events as needed for each individual school.
Basket Raffle Chairs Amy Coe and Sherryll Penney worked tirelessly to put together 116 baskets with over $30,000 in basket value. The Instant Raffle Chairs, Gina Drake and Jennifer DeMelfi kicked off the evening with the “Nerds Game of Chance” and with the creative help of Darcy Mantone created a display that welcomed everyone as they entered the event with a flash of Randolph Pride and Nerds fun.
The event sold out early, and even with over 500 tickets sold, numerous inquiries were made in the weeks leading up to the evening from others who had hoped to attend.
PTOC Board Members include Dolly Laura Alley, Treasurer, Kim Walsh, Secretary, Stacy Gellert, Vice President, and Jennifer Gangi, President
Plans are already underway for next year, and with the 2017 event having been a wild success, the PTO intends to replicate much of this years’ event. Volunteers will be needed, so anyone who is interested can email RandolphPTOC@gmail.com to inquire.