2022 Spring Event
On Friday May 13th, the Albrook community gathered for the Spring Event. We’d like to thank everyone for joining the event and supporting the school. A little rain didn’t dampen anyone’s ability to have a fantastic time!
This year’s annual theme of “Better Together” came to life at the event in many ways. Parent volunteers Carolyn Caste, Junyi Eng and Matthew Rosen joined members of the APA in setting things up not once, but twice! All the Silent Auction and Priceless Gifts were set up outdoors and then again indoors due to the rain. Luckily the beautiful class art projects stayed put in the dry lobby the whole time.
As guests arrived in the drizzle, each family collected their auction paddle before entering the soccer field where they were welcomed with food, drinks, games, temporary tattoos and live music. Families enjoyed pizza from Ridge Pizza and ice cream from the Five Brothers Ice Cream truck. Special thanks to Amy Strutt for volunteering to do the temporary tattoo stand!
We all enjoyed listening to Kelli Bruno sing our favorite tunes while the children were either singing along with her or busy playing games, such as plinko, tin can toss, and matching rubber ducks for prizes. It was very impressive to watch the children demonstrate leadership and teamwork by working the game tables to ensure an orderly process. Thanks to John Masi, Angela Masi, Tom Masi, Taylor Hwong, and Yousri Abdou who donated their time prior to the event to build or refurbish the games!
And if that was not enough, Angela recruited her friend and professional clown Wendell Hester to help do organized games with the kids. Wendell and Angela were in the thick of things as the children had fun playing tug of war, parachute and bean bag tosses.
Later with Mrs. Tarangul and Wendell on the mic, the Live Auction was a huge success and we saw the competitive spirit emerge from parents wanting to take home their child’s class art project. In addition, there was the Dad’s Fashion Show featuring Dario Falquier, Bill Pecora and Hector Ferrer. They rocked the looks the kids gave them and helped spread the word about the Silent Auction going on inside the school. The competitive spirit was seen not only on the Class Art Projects, but also with the priceless gift and silent auction items.
It was wonderful to see the community of parents, children, teachers, and staff together socializing and having fun. We’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the event – you made it a HUGE SUCCESS. In addition, the event would not have happened without the support of the staff and teachers of Albrook, parent volunteers, their contacts and local businesses (some of which are run by Albrook parents). Thank you to all of them for donating items for the silent auction (And if you were outbid on any items, below is the list of vendors so you can contact them directly) . These are great examples of “Better Together” and we couldn’t be prouder. Together we raised more than $17,000 that will go back to the school. We can’t wait to see you next year!
Thank you to the following businesses:
Clay Art Center artist Sarah Koster
The Peapack Gallery, 151 Main Street, Peapack Gladstone, NJ
Voice Lessons by Angela Masi