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

Matt Gray

Vice President:
Michele Hart

Kathy Fencik

James Dempsey

Committee Members:
Katie Blessing
Ryan Blessing
Sandra Cranwell
Marie Foley-Danecker
Christine Duane
Harry Ferguson
Regina Foley
Ed Gilmore
Christine Gray
Noelle Grcic
Dave Johnson
Maureen Martin
Alicia Scalabrini
Susan Smith
Craig Veprek

Key Documents

Letter to the Community

Donation Form

2016 HOF Brochure

Foundation To Induct Three New Members at 2017 HOF Dinner

The Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education will hold its 19th Annual Hall of Fame (HOF) dinner at the Crystal Point Yacht Club on Friday, March 24, starting with a cash-bar cocktail hour at 6:30 pm. The three alumni being inducted into the HOF this year are Thomas Handwerk, Class of 1969; Jean Martin Christie, Class of 1979; and Ralph Colombino, Class of 1987. Visit the Hall of Fame section to download bios of the inductees.

During the evening, the Foundation will be recognizing 13 faculty and staff members from the District’s four schools:
  • Dave Johnson, Emily Bergmann, Matt Cilento, and Kim Welsh from Point Pleasant Borough High School;
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jennifer Nordyk, and Sue Fleming from Memorial Middle School;
  • Kathleen Gronert, Bethany Kobesky, and Karen Ficarra from Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School; and
  • Mim DeSomma, April Grasso, and Diane Orecchio from Ocean Road Elementary School.

In addition, the following 10 high school senior students will be recognized and each will be presented with $500 Leadership awards: Rachel Bailey, Jacqueline Boud, Bailey Clapp, Haley Hanrahan, Daniel Herrington, Denis Long, Devin Moeller, Justin Rafi, Mason Remondelli, and Amye Zalesky.

To purchase tickets please fill out and mail the 2017 HOF Reservation Form. 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.

Update on Media Center Upgrades

The Foundation has donated a total of $37,300 to the District to accomplish a major renovation of the High School’s Media Center. The funding financed the upgrade/replacement of 22 computers in the high school Media Center, replacing old Windows-based technology with Chromebooks and large LED screens, using cloud-based computing.

This configuration conforms to the District’s evolving technology architecture and provided faster and more efficient platforms for accomplishing research on the internet and taking on-line standardized tests, such as the PARCC. In addition, the District purchased new furniture and workstations that has facilitated the ability of students to collaborate on team projects and to better share ideas.

The renovated Center is a model for surrounding schools, and has generated visits from media specialists from Manasquan and New Brunswick High Schools. In addition, the media specialist from one of the Brick high schools has asked the Borough HS media specialist for information regarding the renovation and will visit to review the facility. Longer term, the Foundation wants to raise funds to accomplish upgrades in the Media Centers of the middle and grammar schools to bring them more in line with 21st century media center capabilities and functionality.

The Foundation has an ongoing CrowdRise campaign to raise funding for upgrading the Media Centers/libraries in the District’s four schools. 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.

BBB BBQ Fundraiser September 23 -- Save the Date!

The Foundation is excited to announce that it will be hosting the 2nd "BORO, BIKES AND Backyard BBQ'S" fundraising event on September 23, 2017. The event is a self-guided bike tour of some of Point Pleasant's finest backyards. It will give "the locals" a chance to take in the last days of summer by biking through our beautiful town, stopping for a sample local food and taking a chance on winning some amazing prizes!!

The 2016 tour had 300 participants and raised $10,000. More on the 2016 tour is available on the Foundation Facebook page, Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education. Details on the 2017 tour will be posted here later this year.

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