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Kennedy School Goes ‘All In’ for Casino Night Fundraiser

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A look at some of the evening's raffle prizes. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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Kennedy teachers Stacy George-Mingo and Sandy Doyon along with Principal Kevin Hajduk attended the sold out event. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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A look at some of the evening's raffle prizes. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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The event helped raise over $7,000 for the school. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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Guests were treated to various foods and a delicious dessert table. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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The event helped raise over $7,000 for the school. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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The event helped raise over $7,000 for the school. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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The event helped raise over $7,000 for the school. Credits: Leyna Lillia
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Everything came up aces Saturday night as John F. Kennedy Elementary School's PTSO held their 4th annual “A Night at the Casino” Fundraiser at American Legion Chaumont Post #243.  The sold out event generated over $7,000 for the school thanks to the generous donations from residents and businesses.

“The night was an exceptional reflection of what our PTSO continues to do for our students throughout the school year.  The fundraiser committee, especially Mrs. DeRoma, as its chair, are commended for the abundant amount of time they invested for this excellent fundraiser,” said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk.  “Due to their time, our school children will reap the benefits of additional programs and fun this year and next.  Thank you to everyone that came out to support our school and its vision to raise money for our students.”

The legion was transformed into a casino complete with blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker tables.  Local restaurants donated appetizers, sandwiches, pizza, and more.  Lilbit of Sweets generously created a beautiful and delicious dessert table.  Guests also snacked on yummy casino themed cookies donated by Lizzies Cookie Crumbs.

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“I would like to thank the South Plainfield community for the overwhelming response for our event.  Thank you to the Kennedy staff, teachers and families for always supporting the PTSO and helping make this a successful event,” said Kennedy PTSO Vice President and Casino Night Chairperson Kristen Deroma.  “Lastly, I could not have done any of this without my committee and the PTSO board - it truly takes a village.”

After a night of games including pig races, attendees cashed out their winnings for raffles tickets.  The committee put together 50 raffle prizes including designer bags, South Plainfield sports registrations, and the coveted prize of the evening, a Yeti cooler package.

“JFK PTSO volunteers did a great job from check-in to selling 50/50s,” said resident Mary Everitt.  “They even walked around serving pizza to players at the tables!  The event was well coordinated and the prizes ranged from free art classes to trip vouchers!”

“South Plainfield has always been a close knit community and the Kennedy School PTSO casino night was another example of how we always come together to support our hometown,” said Mayor Matthew Anesh.  “It was a great night full of fun and excitement. Thank you to all those who donated and helped put the event together.”

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