MILLBURN — Sunday, October 1 saw The Education Foundation Millburn-Short Hill‘s second annual Rocktoberfest festival fundraiser.
This year’s event moved from Main Street to Taylor Park allowing for an all-day festival including a fun-run, STEAM expo, local vendors, restaurants, and live music from area bands. Event co-chairs Joanna Parker Lentz, and Micole Richter began working back in June to get an ordinance passed allowing alcohol service in a Biergarten.
“Joanna did the heavy lifting on that. We talked to the people who had organized Maplewoodstock, they had to do the same thing,” said Richter. ”We got advice on how to grow a music festival.”
The Foundation decided to merge the annual fall festival with Rocktoberfest to create an event that would appeal to the entire family. “Millburn School Rocks is an adult only event, the Millburn Film Festival is a Kid-centered event,” Richter explained,”We wanted an event where the entire family could come and enjoy the day and raise money for our schools.”
Organizers hope the increased size of the festival will help bring more awareness to the Education Foundation. “Currently, we have a 10% membership rate in school families,” said Lentz, “We’re a group of dedicated volunteers separate from the Board of Education.”
“We don’t just raise money and turn it over to schools,” Richter is quick to point out. “The Education Foundation has a grant system where teachers, principals even parents can submit grant proposals to improve students learning experience.”
Richter hopes that the festival will grow to add more vendors, and sponsors which results in more revenue for Millburn schools. “I like to say we’re the icing on the educational system cake in our town. We allow teachers to go the extra mile for our kids.”
Donate to The Education Foundation Millburn-Short Hills here: http://efmsh.mybigcommerce.com/membership/