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Hoboken Public Education Foundation Gala Raises $120,000
 
Hoboken, NJ, schools, education
 

The Hoboken Public Education Foundation has exceeded its targets ,raising more than $120,000 at its 2017 Gala for local public schools.  

Committed  to  strengthening and enriching Hoboken’s public education experience  through private funding,  the Foundation will use 100% of the Gala’s proceeds to deliver  a range of  innovative and  meaningful  programs across the district.  

The brainchild of local passionate public school parents,  Jackie Dowd Prince, Erica Gavin and Shirael Pollack, the Hoboken Pubic  Education  Foundation  has raised  more  than  $220,000  since  its  inception  in  August  2015.  

The  founders  were  joined  by an  extended committee of volunteers including Kate Deer,  Zita Doktor, Hannah Gordon, Marie  Lippert, Kate  McQuestin, Danielle Moss, Leslie Norwood, Marina  Palombini and Melissa  Shepherd, all of whom organized  the  successful  2017 Hoboken Public Education Foundation Gala.    

Drawing more than 250 attendees and selling out in less than a week, the Foundation’s Annual Gala attracted corporate sponsorship support from a variety of local organizations, including  SJP Properties, Bijou Properties, KMS Development, Suez Water, Tenafly Pediatrics, The Acupuncture Center and Advance  Realty.    

A range of products were also generously donated from local  businesses for the Gala auction and raffle.    

“We are thrilled to have exceeded our targets and to have raised more than $120,000 at  this year’s Gala for Hoboken public schools,” said Co-­‐Founder and President, Shirael  Pollack.    

“Support from these  fantastic organizations, donations, and event attendance  is imperative to us preserving and improving the public education experience for the students of Hoboken.”  

“We can only achieve our goals with the help of the community as a whole and are ecstatic with the support we have received for this year’s Gala.”    

“It’s all about building a stronger school community in Hoboken and these funds will go  a long way to helping deliver vital initiatives  across  our  public  school  district,”  said  Ms. Pollack.      

The  foundation  will  work  with  Hoboken  Public  School  District  Superintendent, Dr. Christine Johnson  to  identify innovative  opportunities  for  the  funds  raised  in  the  area of experiential  learning, essential  technology, enhanced facilities, and  continued  improvement of  Hoboken's public  schools.  

"I commend  the  Hoboken Public  Education Foundation committee's hard work in  raising  these funds for our  local  public schools,”  said  Dr. Johnson. “Harnessing  positive  energy and  building  community  partnerships like  this is vital  to   enabling  our  district's  children  to  reach  their  full  potential and creating  a  better  future for Hoboken," said  Dr. Johnson. 

To date, important initiatives already delivered by the Hoboken Public Education Foundation include:  Professional Development for Teachers and Staff across the district, the Brandt Auditorium Sound System, Calabro Smart Document Cameras,  Connors  Media  Center  Books and Turnstile, HJSHS Auditorium Sound & Acoustics System, HJSHS Outdoor Marquis Sign, Wallace  Multi-­‐Media  Arts Supply Package, Family Science Nights (All grades K-­‐6)  and Storm Drain  Mural Project with Hoboken Green Team (Grades  5-­‐12).  

Individuals and organizations wanting  to  support  the Hoboken Public Education  Foundation can contact them at hobokenpef@gmail.com.