16th Annual Barn Dance
The Tewksbury Education Foundation’s (TEF) 16th Annual Barn Dance & Auction raised approximately $50,000 for Tewksbury Schools. The event, which was attended by more than 175 guests, took place on Saturday, May 21 at the Brady Life Camp near Pottersville.
“It was a truly remarkable night,” said TEF President Bob Wittpenn. “Our Barn Dance Committee — headed up by TEF Director Darrah Deo, co-chairs Jackie Pankuck and Missy Jordan, and volunteers Lorilee DeBiasse and Beth Moreland — worked very hard to make the Barn Dance such a great event. The place looked beautiful, the food and music were wonderful, the auction items were amazing, and clearly everyone had a fabulous time. A big and heartfelt thank you to our dedicated and generous community for supporting our schools and making the event such a success.”
Guests bid energetically for the 13 live auction items which included a week’s holiday on Bequia in the West Indies ($2,600), a round of golf for three at Trump ($1700) and a progressive dinner at four historic homes in Oldwick with an informal discussion on the history of the village with Township Historian Shaun Van Doren ($1700).
The silent auction prompted competitive bidding as well. Among the 125 items donated by Tewksbury Schools staff, community members and local businesses were the chance for a student to make morning announcements for a week at Tewksbury Elementary School ($120), the chance for a child to be principal for a day at Tewksbury Elementary School (TES) and have lunch with TES Principal James Miller ($260) and a “Host Your Own Telescope Night with the Pearl Observatory,” the organization which conducts a week-long astronomy residency for Tewksbury’s third grade ($300).
The drawing of the TEF’s annual 50/50 cash raffle took place at the event, and the winner brought home $2,900.
“Our children are very fortunate to have so many parents, community members and local businesses – as well as Tewksbury Schools staff — committed to making sure they receive the best education possible,” said Wittpenn. “I sincerely thank everyone who contributed, participated and attended for making our Barn Dance’ such a success.”
100% of the evening’s proceeds will go to Tewksbury Schools through the TEF to fund privately what the District’s public budget cannot support, such as cultural arts and science residencies and assemblies, technology enhancements, teacher and student mini grants, staff development and an endowment fund so that future Tewksbury students can be afforded the benefits tomorrow of the TEF’s work today.