SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Over 100 people attended John F. Kennedy Elementary School’s baseball themed mother-son dance on May 19. Held in the school’s gymnasium, the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) dance raised money for Morristown-based Market Street Mission.

Open to Kennedy boys and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, etc., the mother-son event was, for many year, organized and thrown by Kennedy’s faculty under the leadership of first grade teacher Sandra Doyon. However, following the loss of her son Thomas in 2015, Doyon stepped away from this role and, this year, the PTSO took over the event.

“The PTSO wanted to do something to say thank you for the hard work Mrs. Doyon and the faculty has put in to past events,” said event organizer and PTSO board member Kristen Busch. “We thought raising money for a charity in her son’s memory was a perfect fit with the mother and son dance.”

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According to Busch, after discussing the idea with Doyon, Market Street Mission was the clear choice for a charity. 

“Our son Tommy was blessed to have had the Market Street Mission in his life to guide him through the difficult process of recovery,” said Doyon. “Their programs for those struggling with addiction, for the homeless and for the hungry are a lifeline to many in need.”

Teachers, parents, and even local sports teams donated items to be raffled off at the event. There were 19 raffle items total, including Rutgers football tickets, Six Flags Great Adventure passes, Somerset Patriots tickets, fun summer items, and, thanks to Doyon and her husband, a bike.  Between the raffles and a 50/50, over $675 was raised during the event.

“Sadly, Tommy lost his battle with his addiction but we are committed to doing whatever we can to assist others battling this terrible disease,” said Doyon.

For more information about Market Street Mission, the services they provide, and ways you can help, visit www.marketstreet.org.