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Starlight Gala to Mark 10th Anniversary of the Midland Park Public Education Foundation

MIDLAND PARK, N.J., Jan 20, 2016—This is an important year for the Midland Park Public Education Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that enhances and supports new curriculum initiatives and enrichment opportunities within Midland Park’s public school system.

That’s because 2016 marks 10 years since the Board was reactivated.  MPPEF plans to celebrate the successes of the past 10 years by hosting a Starlight Gala: Old Hollywood Style on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Macaluso’s, 161 Rea Avenue, Hawthorne, N.J., from 7-11 pm.  Tickets are $100 each.

According to event chairpersons Barbara Tarleton and Michele Iannone, MPPEF will kick off the event at 6:30 pm with a VIP cocktail reception just for its founding members, which will honor the first families who financially committed to supporting the reactivation of the Foundation.  “Our founders are the real ‘stars’ of the evening,” says Tarleton.  “They are the people who had the vision to reactivate the MPPEF and carry its mission forward.”  Doors then open at 7 pm to the public, and will feature the musical talents of DJ Billy Bips, as well as a fabulous silent auction, basket raffles and a 50/50.   A buffet dinner includes wine, beer and soft drinks.  There will also be signature MPPEF Martinis available for purchase.   Advertising space is available now for the MPPEF 10-Year Anniversary Ad Journal, which will highlight the Foundation’s accomplishments over the past 10 years.  Advertisements will be available for purchase starting at $50.

Since 2006, MPPEF has raised nearly $320,000 for the Midland Park School District.  “We have accomplished this through various fundraising activities, including the Starlight Gala, the Midland Park 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, and various events throughout the year,” says Cheryl Crocitto, President, MPPEF. “All funds raised go back to the children of our school district in the form of teacher and district-wide grants.  Just this past fall, MPPEF awarded $16,184 in teacher and classroom grants. And last spring, the Foundation awarded $41,467 to the Midland Park Jr/Sr High School for a new MAC Lab.

For more information, visit MPPEF’s website at www.mppef.org.

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Media Contacts:

Christine Odell – ccodell@optonline.net or 201-280-2212
Kyle Kuhnel – kylekuhnel1@gmail.com or 201-248-3826

The Midland Park Public Education Foundation raises money to fund grants that will strengthen our school system for all our children. By sharing in this goal, our community serves as a vital partner with our district administration, Board of Education, and faculty in providing the tools they need to bring academic excellence to our children. The Midland Park Public Education Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that enhances and supports new curriculum initiatives and enrichment opportunities within Midland Park’s public school system.