The Ocean City Education Foundation is fueled by its fundraisers, and the organization has sponsored some unique events.
In 2009, the foundation sponsored a golf ball drop in which a helicopter dropped 650 golf balls - each one bearing the name of its buyer - into a lake. The person whose ball was closest to a flag erected in the water was dubbed the winner.
The foundation also sponsors an opportunity for parents to write a letter of appreciation to a teacher in the school district who had a profound effect on their child. The parents can then make a donation in honor of that teacher.
"We try to come up with different events, and creative ways to raise money," said Tricia Ciliberto, Upper Township resident and Ocean City Education Foundation board member.
The Education Foundation was founded in 2007 as a way for parents, teachers, and business people in the community to ensure that Ocean City students were receiving the best opportunities for education.
"We came together to raise funds for programs, projects and equipment that was outside of the school budget with the goal being to expand and enhance the great job that the staff and the administration were doing," said Chairman David Allegretto, of Ocean City.
Some of the things for which the foundation has raised money are an observatory and new gym floor in the high school, new scoreboards for the intermediate school, and technology equipment such as iPads, documentary cameras and smart boards. The foundation also was able to send a group of kids to Washington, D.C., to a forensic lab as a field trip.
"We wanted to give the community another asset to use. So we just thought that, heck, we wanted to do all that we could so that the Ocean City school district was doing everything possible for the kids," Allegretto said.
This year, the Ocean City Education Foundation will host a fall concert and a Benefit by the Bay.
The fall concert will feature the Matt Portella Band with members of the Hooters and Smash Palace. Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos are the opening act. The concert will take place at the William Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School on Sept. 28. The event will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The Benefit by the Bay will be at the Ocean City Yacht Club and will include hot appetizers and refeshments.
There will be a silent auction featuring four reserved seats to the 2014 Ocean City High School graduation ceremony and a reserved parking spot at the Ocean City Intermediate School for the 2013-14 school year. The benefit is from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4. Each guest must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $50.
Tickets can be purchased for both events at ocnjef.com or by calling 609-602-0513.
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