Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Celebrates 2016-17 Grant Winners at 4th Annual Beefsteak Dinner


SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – - The Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (EEF of SPF)’s 4th Annual Beefsteak Dinner and Grant Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday March 9th at The Italian American Club in Scotch Plains.

The winter fundraiser was sold out as 220 guests enjoyed delicious food catered by Nightengale Catering, mingled with friends and participated in a 50/50 raffle and Silent Auction/Tricky Tray with baskets, items and experiences valued at over $11,500!

The highlight of the night was the Grant Awards Ceremony, where the EEF Awarded Grants to 37 of Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Teachers/Principals.  Winners this year included: John P. Lohn of McGinn Elementary School, Scott Bortnick of Brunner Elementary School, Michelle Arminio of Park Middle School, Noreen Ponik of School One Elementary School, Charlene Hall, Donna Lauricella, Raquel Santiago, Ann Marie Vinges, Samantha Melworm, Amie Berlant, Jenna Morello, Heather Terantino, Amber Jarrett, Louisa Ruela, Diedre Donovan, Kristen Lipari, Anne Lynch, Karen Joseph-Lee, Kate Vanderheyden, Harleigh Monti, Chelsea Addeo, Vicki Price-Pennino, Ella Greenberg, Fernada Waxman, Patricia Kavet, Kristina Putenis, Dottie Miller and Danielle Hirschhorn of Brunner Elementary School, Raymond Moskal of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Dr. Jocelyn Dumaresq, Kristina Morano, Christina Krasovsky and Jason Cross of Park Middle School and Dr. Kevin Holloway, Ralph Gerace, Carmen Lilly-Jones and Kristine Iarussi of Terrill Middle School.

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The winners of the Mirabella Family Leadership Award, named in recognition of the family's longtime support of the LTC 100 program, were also presented with their certificates. The honorees were: Leland S. McGee, Al and Phyllis Mirabella & Margaret Heisey.

Finally, The EEF would like to thank the following Advertisers and Donors for making our event a success:

Above Grade Level Tutoring, Act Resource Development, Addams Tavern, Aerosoles, Akai, Alfonso's Pizzeria, Amy Fiore of TADA! Youth Theater, Apple Blossom Flower, Ash Brook Golf Course, The Bearded Barber, Benvenuti Italian Specialties, Bob's Handyman Services, The Bordman Family, Capital Craft, Capriglione Contracting, Center Stage Music Lessons, Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill, Cheek's Chicken, The Cheesecake Factory of Bridgewater & Short Hills, CKO Kickboxing-Fanwood, Clark Massage, Colgate, Gerry Cooney & BrawlHouse, Connections Personnel, Creative Kids, The Crimmins Family, Dairy Queen-Plainfield, David Drapkin Photography, The Dessert Ladies, Diane Ferrara Health & Wellness, DiLollo Chiropractic, Andrew Dupuis on behalf of ARC Electric LLC., Betty & Ken Dupuis on behalf of Betty's Chocolates, Eastern Marble & Granite, The Eckstine, Madraswalla & Reilly Families, Emma's Brick Oven & Café, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Ferraro's of Westfield, Theresa Flood of The Longaberger Company, Freppe's Tex Mex, Fresh Press Juice Co., Froyoworld, Galloping Hill Golf Course, George Vigario, Erin Garrett of Wildtree, Healing Hands Chiropractic, Highland Swim Club, Houdini Pizza Laboratory, Investors Bank, Jam Kancer in the Kan, Jazmarc Services, LLC, The JCC of Central New Jersey, John's Meat Market, Julie Brown Reiki, Kids for Kids a Mindfulness Movement, Kix with Character, The LeBrun Family, Let’s Monet-The Acevedo Family, Lift Barre Pilates, Lou's Automotive, Maggiano's Little Italy, Manhattan Bagel-Westfield, Mara's Cafe & Bakery, The Mari Family, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Massage Envy-Garwood, Masterson Pest Control, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Phyllis & Al Mirabella, New Horizons Day Camp, New York Red Bulls, Nick's Pizza & Deli, NJ Dentalcare Associates, NJ Lice Lady, Oh' Brian's on the Green, Sachin Pannuri, Parkview Dental,, Play Theater, PM Pediatrics, Red White & Que Smokeshack, Ripped Hat Photography, River & Rail Cantina, Rocko's Ice Cream, The Royal Stage School of Music, Allison Santry of Beautycounter, Scholastic Books, The Schramm Family, Scoops The Ice Creamery, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Education Association, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Repertory Theatre-Bye Bye Birdie, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Soccer Association, Shackamaxon Country Club & The Mazzola Family, Sheelen's Crossing, Shoprite of Garwood, 16 Prospect Wine Bar and Bistro, Somerset Patriots, Michael Smulewitz DDS, Stage Craft Studio, Stage House Tavern, Stone House at Sterling Ridge, StudioB, Sweet Waters Steak House, The Thirsty Turtle, TJ'S Appliance Repair, Tom the Green Grocer, Turning Point Restaurant of Westfield, Dan Valentine, Teri Velez of Famous Footwear, The Webb Family, Willow Grove Swim Club & Yoga and Mindfulness for Children.

The Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (EEF) is a volunteer organization that works with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood teaching staff, school administrators & Board of Education to enrich and advance the cause of Excellence in Education for SPF students.  The EEF mission is to Strengthen the Learning Experience.  The EEF does this by enhancing the quality of education in the SPF district by focusing on student achievement & leadership, innovation in the classroom and enhanced learning through technology.  The EEF has developed several programs to support educators in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District, including its Educator Grant program and a Middle School Student Leadership program, LTC 100. The EEF also organizes annual fundraising events to help fund these programs, including a Wine Tasting event in the fall and a Music Fest event in the spring (May 6, 2017).

For more information, visit or on Facebook @eefofspf.

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