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Education Foundation Announces 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser

Gala will provide food from some of Central New Jersey's best local restaurants, while honoring recipients of first South Brunswick High School Distinguished Alumni Award: David Bianchi, Gregory Halili, Stephen Portnoy and Anna Quindlen.

The Education Foundation of South Brunswick Township, Inc. announced its third annual, “A Taste for Education” gala fundraiser to be held on Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This event will be held at the Princeton Ballroom, Doubletree Hotel Princeton, located at 4355 Route 1 at Ridge Road. The event provides attendees a chance to sample food from some of Central New Jersey's best local restaurants, caterers, and wineries, and participate in silent auctions and raffles benefitting the Foundation. 

Proceeds from “A Taste for Education” will support programs to enhance learning experiences of students and effectiveness of teachers in South Brunswick Township. 

This year’s food and wine exhibitors include: Cedar Gardens, Central Jersey Catering, Chartwells, Ci Ci's Pizza, Clydz (New Brunswick), Couture Cakes, Dove Chocolate, Eno Terra, On the Bone, TwinCakes, Grape Escape and Buy-Rite Liquors.

Tickets for the Oct. 22 event are available by visiting the website, www.edfoundationsb.org, emailing taste4ed@edfoundationsb.org or by contacting Mariann Long at 732-422-4819 or Dawn Chromey at 732-274-9134.

New to this year’s gala fundraiser, The Education Foundation of South Brunswick will honor the recipients of its first annual, South Brunswick High School Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipients include: David Bianchi, Gregory Halili, Stephen Portnoy and Anna Quindlen.

The award is designed to recognize notable South Brunswick alumni who have contributed to society in an exemplary manner, and in doing so, have brought honor to the South Brunswick School District. By paying tribute to its distinguished alumni, the Education Foundation hopes not only recognize their achievements, but also to inspire current students and community members to consider their own contributions to society. 

The award recipients have distinguished themselves in a variety of professions:  David Bianchi, a Corporate Attorney with Caterpillar Legal Services in Peoria, Illinoishas lived abroad and travelled extensively as an international attorney and includes the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro among his many accomplishments.

Gregory Halili, a Philippines’ native, is a renowned artist who became famous for his unique, intricate, watercolor paintings, often done in miniature.

Stephen Portnoy is a Washington, DC-based national radio correspondent for ABC News, covering US politics, legal affairs, advances in science and technology. 

Anna Quindlen, arguably one of South Brunswick’s most prolific graduates, is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and opinion columnist, and best-selling author of five novels, three of which were made into movies and seven non-fiction books. 

The Education Foundation of South Brunswick Township, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that will fund programs that benefit South Brunswick public school students. The foundation looks to foster educational opportunities, creativity, and achievement in the South Brunswick Public Schools by providing funding for grants of student programs, innovative professional development opportunities for staff and student scholarships by generating corporate and private financial support and encouraging volunteer time.

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