Somers Point Education Foundation’s
 19th Annual Dinner & Dance
 is March 9

SOMERS POINT, NJ — The Somers Point Education Foundation will host its 19th annual Dinner & Dance on Saturday, March 9, from 6-11pm at Greate Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road in Somers Point. All proceeds benefit the Somers Point Foundation for Education.

This year’s theme is “‘80s Prom” and will feature fun retro décor along with ‘80s cover music by local band Tidal Wave and DJ Ralph Smith.

The band Tidal Wave will perform at the March 9 event.

The band Tidal Wave will perform at the March 9 event.

A surf-and-turf dinner will be held following a cocktail reception. Shore Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.

Tickets are $75 per person and include a 6pm cocktail hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda, followed by dinner at 7pm.

In addition to supporting Somers Point Schools, the event will also honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Somers Point community in the areas of education, community and healthcare.

The 2013 Community Honoree will be awarded to Lieutenant Anthony DiSciascio — a member of the Somers Point Police Department for 21 years and head of the department’s Community Awareness and Traffic Control units. He has spearheaded a large number of community events with a positive message for students and residents, including helping to raise over $10,000 to bring former NBA star Chris Herren to give a powerful anti-drug presentation to students in 2012. Herren struggled with substance abuse himself, but has been alcohol and drug-free since Aug. 1, 2008.

The Education Award will be given to Somers Point Health and Physical Education teacher Devon Kallen, who is also a certified exercise specialist. She has been with the district since 2006 and also holds a Master of Arts in Education Leadership. Kallen is involved as a volunteer coach for a number of sports and school extra curricular activities. Most importantly, she is a strong role model who promotes health and wellness to the children of the community.

The Healthcare Award has been given to Dr. Bennett Ojserkis, director of Shore Medical Center’s Advanced Pulmonary Diagnostic Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Rochester, and is a Fellow of Pulmonary Medicine from Boston University Medical Center. A Margate native, Dr. Ojserkis recently returned to his home region when SMC opened their pulmonary center.

The Somers Point Foundation for Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public schools within Somers Point, contributing to the educational experience of students through the application of resources such as money, materials and volunteers. The Foundation links Somers Point residents and organizations with the public schools, promoting new educational programs and enhancing existing programs.

Last year’s Dinner Dance and Silent Auction raised more than $16,000, which was used to fund a number of initiatives that served to enrich the educational lives of Somers Point’s students.

“We are always so excited to host this event every year,” said Sydney Perkins, Somers Point’s Community Education and Recreation (CER) Director and Foundation liaison, “and even more excited to see so many people turn out to enjoy a great evening that benefits the school-age children of Somers Point.”

For more information on purchasing tickets, contact Perkins at (609) 927-2053 ext. 3101 or e-mail sperkins@somersptschools.org.

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