SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF) of Scotch Plains-Fanwood 6th Annual Beefsteak Dinner and Grant Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, Feb. 22 at The Italian American Club in Scotch Plains.

The winter fundraiser drew a big crowd of over 200 guests who enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Nightengale Catering, mingled with friends and participated in an amazing Tricky Tray with baskets, items and experiences valued at over $11,500.  Ono Bowls of Westfield was also on hand to provide delicious acai bowl dessert samples towards the end of the evening

The highlight of the evening was the Grant Awards Ceremony, where the EEF Awarded ten grants to 18 of Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Teachers and/or Principals. Winners this year included: 

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  • Michelle Arminio and Erica Toto of Park Middle School; 
  • Kelly Bhatia of McGinn Elementary School;
  • Lorissa Clark of SPFHS;
  • Dr. Jocelyn Dumaresq of Park Middle School;
  • Justin Fiory of School One Elementary;
  • Charlene Hall, Cristiana Sardo, Kate Vanderheyden, Annmarie Vinges, Tiffany Annese, and Driss Senhaji of Brunner Elementary School;
  • Christina Held of Terrill Middle School;
  • John Lohn & Dr. Sasha Slocum of McGinn Elementary School;
  • Zachary Rittner of SPFHS; and
  • Robin Stayvas and Katherine Hollenback of SPFHS.

The EEF awarded a total of $9,172 in grant funding this year -- its highest amount ever.

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

Above Grade Level, Courtney Agnello, AR Workshop, Ash Brook Golf Course, John Basuino, Bella Bronze Tanning Studio, Andrew Bondarowicz, Esq., Amy & Demian Boroff, Laura Browne, Connections Personnel, Gerry Cooney, The Crayola Experience, Creative Kids, Jamey Crimmins, Suman Dahiya-Shah, Anand Desai, Dr. Hayes/Superintendent of Schools, Marcy Duarte, EEF Trustees, Escapology, Fanwood Grille, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Amy Fiore, Fox News Channel, Freppe’s Tex Mex, From Head to Toe Salon, The Funplex, Galloping Hill Golf Course, Dom Giordano, Keith Goldberg, GolfCave, Sue Hackett, Eric Harrison, Hershey’s Subs & Deli, Sally Hogan, The Irving Inn, The JCC of Central NJ, John’s Meat Market, Kasai Restaurant, Kara Kennedy, Jeff Kowalczyk, Lemondrop Designs, Let’s Monet, Liberty Science Center, Lightbridge Academy, Neha Mahajan, Colleen Mahr/Mayor of Fanwood, Massa Roman Square Pizza & Italian Specialties, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Chris McNulty, Medieval Times, Mesa Modern Mexican, Midnight Madness Events, Millenium Hilton New York Downtown, Al Mirabella, John Mooney, Morey’s Piers, Evan Murray, New Jersey Devils, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Red Bulls, New York Yankees, Nick’s Pizza & Deli, Michael Noriega, Off to Neverland Travel, One World Observatory, Ono Bowls, Picaboo, Play Theater, Priya Raghavan, Razza Pizza Artigianale, Redd’s Biergarten, Rita’s Ices, Officer Rites & the Scotch Plains Police Department, Rocko’s Ice Cream, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Education Association, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Boosters, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Repertory Theater & the Cast of Mamma Mia, Shackamaxon Golf Course, StudioB, Sean M. Smith, SoJo Spa Club, Somerset Patriots, South Avenue Arts, South Orange Performing Arts Center, South + Pine American Eatery, State Theatre NJ, The Station Bar & Grill, Stage House Tavern, The Story Pirates, The Stress Factory, Stumpy’s Hatchet House, Suburban Hippie Reclaimed Art, Chief Trigo & the Fanwood Police Department, Turning Point, Turtle Back Zoo, Two Rivers Brewing Company, Union County Performing Arts Center, Dan Valentine, Fran Wagner, Brian Walter, Williams Lift Company, Willow Grove Swim Club, The Wooden Spoon & Yeti MMA.

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 mission of the Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood is to strengthen the learning experience and inspire the students of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District for success.  Their vision is to develop curious, creative and confident learners and leaders.  The EEF has created several programs to support educators in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District, including its Educator Grant program, the LTC 100 Middle School Student Leadership Program and the upcoming, inaugural Middle School HackSPF program (March 9, 2019).  The EEF also organizes annual fundaraising events to help fund these programs, including a Wine Tasting event in the fall and the upcoming Music Fest event in the spring (April 27, 2019).  For more information, please visit