19th annual Somers Point Education Foundation Gala

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Katie Schmid, left, chairperson of the Somers Point Education Foundation annual dinner dance along with Jordan Road guidance counselor, Joe Schmidt, the co-chairman of the event with 2013 Education Award recipient, Devon Kallen. Katie Schmid, left, chairperson of the Somers Point Education Foundation annual dinner dance along with Jordan Road guidance counselor, Joe Schmidt, the co-chairman of the event with 2013 Education Award recipient, Devon Kallen.

SOMERS POINT—Hang the disco ball, get the big hair going and get ready to head to the Somers Point Education Foundation 19th annual Dinner Dance and Silent Auction where the theme is 80’s prom.

While the theme is all about fun there is a serious side to the event. The funds raised at the annual event go directly to help augment programs and provide teacher grants in the Somers Point School District.

Shore Medical Center is the presenting sponsor of the annual event. Gregory Gregory will serve as the emcee for the evening and local favorite cover band, Tidal Wave will provide the music and Ralph Smith is the evenings DJ.
The Foundation will honor three individuals who have had a positive impact on the school and the community over the past year.
The 2013 Community honoree is Somers Point Police Lt. Anthony Disciascio. A 21-year veteran of the force, Disciascio takes the helm on numerous community events that have a positive message for students as well as city residents. Recently, the officer raised over $10,000 to bring former NBA star Chris Herren to speak in the district. His powerful anti-drug message was heard by a huge crowd of students as well as residents. 
The Education Award will honor physical education teacher, Devon Kallen of Northfield. Also an exercise specialist, Kallen holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and is a volunteer coach and involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, Kallen is a strong role model promoting health and wellness to her students.
The Healthcare award this year goes to Dr. Bennett Ojserkis of Linwood. A graduate of Amherst College and earning his medical degree from the University Rochester and a Fellow of Pulmonary Medicine from Boston University, Ojserkis joined Shore Medical Center when they opened their pulmonary center.
Tickets for the dinner dance scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m.  Saturday, March 9 at Greate Bay Country Club March are $75.  For tickets call (609) 927-2053 ext. 3101. 


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