Sea Bright: The Little Silver Education Foundation (EFLS) did just that on Friday night at McLoone’s in Sea Bright. More than 270 people packed the place to raise money for technology in Little Silver, at the EFLS, “Silver Chef Throw Down”.
The EFLS is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing technology and educational programs into Little Silver public schools. The EFLS has stepped up when a lot of money from the state has dried up. Since its inception in 1995, the foundation has raised more than $404,000 to help fund technology in the school system.
Through the course of the night, there was live music, silent, chance and live auctions, fabulous food and beverages for all. The Havens, a local band played until after midnight. Tim Russinello and Kim Christman (both teachers in the district) went up against Chef Joe Racioppi (executive chef for McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch) for bragging rights. Chef Peter Roskowinski who heads up the Culinary Club at Red Bank Regional HS brought along some ringers for “Team Little Silver”. All graduates of the Little Silver school system and students of Ms. Christman, seniors, Charlie Olman, Abby Burton and Natalie Damien helped out.
Chris Smith and Farley Boyle entertained the crowd as MCs for the night and Manoj Narang, founder and CEO of Tradeworx, Inc. based out of Red Bank, opened the evening with a keynote address about how important technology is and how it is revolutionizing education today.
In a true “throw down” there is a single winner, last night there were a lot of winners, the kids in Little Silver who attend Point Road School and Markham Place School, they all won thanks to the EFLS, the many sponsors, donors and parents in Little Silver.