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PHOTOS: Millburn-Short Hills Ed Foundation Rocks Annual Fundraiser

The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills hosted its annual fundraiser, Millburn Schools Rock, Friday night at the Hilton Short Hills.

Taking inspiration from The Clash’s iconic Rock the Casbah, the ballroom and adjacent areas were decorated in a Moroccan theme. Attendees enjoyed middle eastern food, henna artists and a fortune teller. The evening event included dinner, drinks and entertainment, as well as a silent auction and raffle prizes such as dinner tickets to Broadway musicals, the US Open and vacation stays in the Caribbean.

New Jersey cover band The Nerds provided live entertainment for the evening.

“Attendance is up from last year; people have commented they are much happier with the closer location,” says co-president Lauri Palomaki. “Millburn Schools Rock is our most popular event of the year because it offers parents a night out with friends old and new from all around town.”

Robin Eichler, Lauri’s co-president, added “we have the opportunity to introduce parents to the Ed Foundation and all the great work we do in the schools in an entertaining, social venue.”

Millburn Schools Rock is The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills’ largest source of funding each year. Through its grant system, the organization funds programs, technology and equipment that enhance the educational experience of the students. Last year’s event helped fund such items as STEAM cycle courses at Millburn Middle School, cycle desks, STEAM programs, and kinesthetic classrooms at the elementary level, and robotics, adventure course and film studio upgrades at Millburn High School.
Palomaki added, “Our fundraising season’s not over, we still have the Millburn Film Fest on April 21, 2017, which is another opportunity for us to raise money for the foundation as well as showcase the talent of our Millburn students, utilizing fund gifts.”

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