NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - More than 300 West Essex High School families, teachers and members of the public got an early start on their holiday shopping at the West Essex Foundation for Education's (WEFE) first ever "Shop Till you Drop" Holiday Shop. The event on Oct. 29 in the high school’s cafeteria was a huge success with shoppers purchasing everything from jewelry to clothing, according to WEFE President Cari Moskowitz.

"Thanks to our generous sponsors, made up of both corporations and families, we were able to raise over $12,000," Moskowitz said. "We look forward to this event growing each year and becoming a tradition at West Essex. We are so thankful to everyone who attended, shopped and supported this event."

Rori Berse was there for the occasion. Her clothing shoppers included Julia Nunes, a sophomore from Roseland, and her mom, Mary.

From left: Rori Berse, Julia Nunes and Julia's mom, Mary  Credit: Allison Freeman 

West Essex eighth graders Maddie Galligan and Grace Irwin, both of Essex Fells, and Rachel Wojtowicz of North Caldwell, made sure to do some of their shopping at the holiday shop.

From left: Maddie Galligan, Grace Irwin, Rachel Wojtowicz  Credit: Allison Freeman 

Mariam Whalen and daughter Eva, a West Essex Middle School seventh grader from Essex Fells, sold treats at the holiday shop from Mrs. Whalen’s business “My Sweet Oven.”

Eva Whalen and her mom, Mariam Whalen  Credit: Allison Freeman