Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education
A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
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Foundation Committee

President & CEO:
Matt Gray

Vice President & COO:
Michele Hart

Treasurer & CFO:
Kathy Fencik

Secretary &
Executive Assistant
James Dempsey

Committee Members:
Sande Cranwell
Marie Foley-Danecker
Christine Duane
Harry Ferguson
Regina Foley
Ed Gilmore
Christine Gray
Noelle Grcic
Dave Johnson
Maureen Martin
Susan Smith

Key Documents

Letter to the Community

Donation Form

2015 HOF Brochure

Foundation Inducts Five New Members During 2016 HOF Dinner

The Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education welcomed five new members into the Point Pleasant Boro High School Hall of Fame during its annual HOF Dinner on March 4 at the Crystal Point.

The alumni inducted were Ed Polhemus, Class of 1967; Wendi Youm, Class of 1991; Christopher Constantio, Class of 1992; and Scott Brady, Class of 2000. The community member inductee was Corinne Brennan, a retired high school teacher.

Approximately 280 people attend the dinner, which raised more than $5,500. The Foundation presented the Point Pleasant Borough Superintendent, Vincent Smith, with a check for $37,300 towards the cost of upgrades to the High School Media Center.

During the Dinner the Foundation also recognized nine faculty and staff members from the District’s four schools: Cynthia Todd and Scott Visco from Point Pleasant Borough High School; Deborah Ewtushek, William Fall and Karen Bordzuk from Memorial Middle School; Lisa Moran and Megan Tansey from Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School; and MaryAnn Cavanaugh and Christina Van Nostrand from Ocean Road Elementary School. In addition, 10 senior students were recognized and presented with a $500 Leadership award.

The annual Hall of Fame dinner is a great venue for the Foundation, and Point Pleasant community, to recognize deserving inductees, faculty and senior student leaders. In addition, the Dinner is one of our primary sources of raising funds for our student leadership grants and other projects that support the Point Pleasant Borough School District.

More information on the 2016 Dinner, including bios of the inductees and a downloadable Dinner Journal, are posted in the Hall of Fame section. It also includes information on past inductees.

Former Student Leadership honorees give back -- again!

The Foundation is extremely pleased to again recognize alumni David and Elizabeth (Bossard) Micheletti for their third generous donation of $2,500 to support our Leadership Grant program. The Michelettis made similar donations in 2013 and 2014. Dave was a Leadership honoree in the first group in 1998 and Beth in the second group in 1999. The Leadership Grant program recognizes 10 senior students with awards of $500 each toward their college expenses.

Thank you once again, Dave and Beth, for supporting this program! We hope that your donation will inspire other Panther alumni to support their alma mater by volunteering their time or with donations.

Media Center Upgrades

The Foundation has initiated a new CrowdRise campaign to raise funding for upgrading the Media Centers/libraries in the District’s 4 schools. Go Immediate effort is to finance the upgrade/replacement of 22 computers in the high school Media Center, replacing old Windows-based technology with Chromeboxes and large LED screens, using cloud-based computing. This configuration conforms with the School District’s evolving technology architecture. It will be more cost effective and easier to administer and control, and will give the students and faculty access to school work from school, home or mobile devices over a more secure environment.

This new configuration will also provide faster and more efficient platforms for accomplishing research on the internet and taking on-line standardized tests, such as the PARCC. Longer term is to accomplish similar upgrades for the middle and grammar schools to bring them more in line with 21st century library/media center capabilities and functionality.

You can support this effort by visiting our Media Centers Upgrade CrowdRise page. Give whatever you can -- every donation makes a difference, no matter how small. All donations are tax deductible.

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