Outstanding People of the Year to be announced at 6th annual fundraiser

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Bobby Campanell to headline event as musical guest

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Academy Awards are scheduled to air nationwide on Sunday, Feb. 24, but locally the big awards night is Saturday, Feb. 23 when the Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc. hosts its 6th annual fundraising bash and honors its “Outstanding People of the Year.”

 This year the event will be an Oscar-themed party at Atlantic City Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. and will feature music by Bobby Campanell. An Egg Harbor Township resident, Campanell is the former leader and co-founder of The Shakes, a group that became a household name along the Jersey Shore when they landed the job as the house band of Asbury Park’s legendary Stone Pony nightclub in the mid1970s, has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen and other renowned New Jersey rockers. (Watch a video of Bobby’s band above).

 The event is geared around raising money for the Community Partnership, which in turn donates all of its proceeds to the schools. In the past the organization has funded technological upgrades to EHT-TV, donated a Steinway grand piano to the Egg Harbor Township High School Performing Arts Center and paid for the LED sign at the front of the high school.

However, the gala event also is used an opportunity to honor the best and brightest of Egg Harbor Township including a teacher, a student, a community member and a community business.

 The winners are:

 Linda Szypula- Teacher of the Year         

  Szypula is a Fernwood Avenue Middle School science teacher and founder of nonprofit Jersey Shore Children’s Museum

 Kelli Wenzel, a teacher at Alder Avenue Middle School said Szypula is “a trailblazer for breaking stereotypes of what a scientist is. Last year she wrote and was awarded a $10,000 grant that was used to produce the ‘Saturday Morning Science Show’ which was featured on EHT-TV Channel 2 and was featured as part of Classroom Close-Up on NJN TV.”

Moktader Mowla – Student of the Year

Mowlais a 17-year-old junior at Egg Harbor Township High School.

 "In addition to being a model student, for the past two years Moktader has spent all of his study hall and lunch periods in my classroom providing technological support to other students as well as faculty and staff throughout the building,” said high school technology teacher Lynne Kesselman. “Every single day last year, Moktader could be found in the ESL (English as a Second Language) room helping students with coursework or computer projects.  Further, he helped ESL teachers create user-friendly teacher web pages.  This year, Moktader spends his time after school in the library assisting other students, loading software on the media center computers, and generally helping out where ever and whenever he can. He quietly leads others in class, and is often sought out by students and adults for his generous assistance to all. He is a dedicated, humble student who provides an immensely-valuable service to so many people in the high school, never expecting thanks or praise for his hard work and unselfish efforts."

 Elizabeth and Raymond Klein – Community Members of the Year

 "Elizabeth and Ray Klein, both alumni of EHTHS, have dedicated countless hours to their fellow neighbors, friends, and schools,” said Marissa Russo, a sixth grade teacher at Fernwood Avenue teacher. “Elizabeth is currently the Parent's Club President at Fernwood Avenue Middle School.  She is a constant presence in this school for not only the kids, but the staff and families, as well."

 The couple participate in Renaissance events such as Project EHT, Pep Rally, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Be a Hero Walk, she said. “Over the past few years, Ray and Elizabeth have assisted with the Fernwood Avenue Drama Club play performances.  They have painted sets, purchased props and extra costumes, provided cheers for students without parental support, and also sold snacks for the during the show as a drama club fundraiser.  They also do volunteer work with the Cardiff Fire Department, the EHTPD and EHTPAL events, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They are not only amazing citizens of EHT, but exemplary parents. "

Brian Krueger/Carrabba's Italian Grill - Community Business Person of the Year

"Brian is a strong advocate for education, and not only talks the talk but walks the walk,” said high school supervisor Cynthia James of Krueger, who is member of the district’s other fundraising organization the Egg Harbor Township Education Foundation. “He is generous with both his time and his contributions to raise money for scholarships for our organization.  Brian is the type of person who will step in and step up if there is a need.  He donates his time and his restaurant to many of our fundraising activities.”

 Kellie Chambers, a secretary at the high school said “he has an absolute passion for community service and he exemplifies community pride and spirit. Mr. Krueger has a high regard for education and he uses his resources to help empower many others. He is an officer for the Phi Delta Kappa, he sits on the Board of Stockton College, and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.  Since his arrival he has immersed himself into this community and in my personal opinion exemplifies the true meaning of community partnership."

 Sponsorships of the event are used to raise money for the organization as well as raffle and auction items which will be offered throughout the evening. To date the sponsors are Shore Medical Center, Ocean City Home Bank, Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law, Glenn Insurance Inc., Vince Polistinia/Polistina & Associates, Spiezle Architectural Group Inc., James Galvin, Chip Donovan/UBS, Custard Hut and Bay Harbor Realty. Interested sponsors should contact Ellen Gregory at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 Tickets are $75 per person and include a one-hour open bar cocktail & hors d’oeuvre reception, buffet dinner, dessert and auction.

 To purchase tickets, donate an item for auction or secure a sponsorship, contact Ellen Gregory at (609) 646-8441 ext. 1017 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

IF YOU GO:

Community Partnership For Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc. 6th Annual Fun-Raiser / and Outstanding People of the Year Awards

Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m., Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield

Tickets are $75 per person and include a one-hour open bar cocktail & hors d’oeuvre reception, buffet dinner, dessert and auction.

 To purchase tickets, donate an item for auction or secure a sponsorship, contact Ellen Gregory at (609) 646-8441 ext. 1017 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Submitted/“Outstanding Student of the Year” finalist certificates were presented to the students who were nominated but who did not win. Here are the finalists from left:  Olivia Higbee, Jessica Butterly, Amanda Auble, Sharon Tufino, Melanie Scarella, and Jami Hafner.   Missing from picture is: Daniel Vaccaro. Submitted/“Outstanding Student of the Year” finalist certificates were presented to the students who were nominated but who did not win. Here are the finalists from left: Olivia Higbee, Jessica Butterly, Amanda Auble, Sharon Tufino, Melanie Scarella, and Jami Hafner. Missing from picture is: Daniel Vaccaro.

 


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