Dear Holmdel Community,
Awe-Inspiring! It is the only way to describe how the Holmdel community showed up for the 2023 HFEE Spring Gala! We wanted to extend our sincerest appreciation to each and every one of you who came out to support and make the night such a huge success!
It has been five incredibly long years since we held our last gala, and we are humbled by the record-breaking 400+ people who attended as well as the countless volunteers who made the night run so smoothly, including many amazing teachers and students. We are truly filled with so much gratitude.
It was such an exciting night filled with fantastic entertainment that featured our very own Holmdel High School jazz band, a percussionist, a saxophonist, an entertaining auctioneer, and let us not forget the Earth Day-inspired stilt-walking human vines and topiaries! Truly a night to remember!
The gala, along with many of our other fundraisers, like the recent Battle of the Faculties and the upcoming 5K Race, allow us to continue giving back by providing funds that take the district to the next level. Whether you made a donation, attended the Gala, purchased a live or silent auction item, YOU helped us reach those goals, which goes directly to our children. We simply cannot thank you enough. This year, you helped us reach our goal of raising more than $100,000 for the many amazing grants and gifts the HFEE provides to the district. At Gala, we proudly announced the 2022-23 Annual Gift, a fully updated music room at Indian Hill, Music Room B, which will be outfitted with technology, cabinetry, acoustics, the latest instruments and a room befitting the aspiring artists and innovators amongst us. This is a room that all Indian Hill students will have an opportunity to experience either in general music education or band, and it will hopefully provide an environment where our young musicians can develop their musical talents, such as those you witnessed with the impressive Holmdel Jazz ensemble at Gala.
While it seems words alone are not enough, I would also like to thank those behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts and passion leading up to the minute of and throughout the event, who made the night an exciting and fruitful one. We have heard so many positive comments about the evening, including the best part—a chance to reconnect as a community for a good cause, our children. Our commitment and support from Dr. Cascone, extended administration, teachers, students and community continue to make Holmdel what it is today—a haven for the next generation of leaders and innovators. Thank you a million times over!
Our next gala will take place in 2025. We promise events in between, including the HFEE Annual 5k race that will take place on June 11. For now, we leave you a digital memento - The Gala Magazine, the albums of the gorgeous photos of the evening, and a link to the remaining silent auction items for ONE WEEK ONLY, who many missed because the night simply went too fast!
Gala Magazine: Gala Magazine
MTC Photography-Manny Carabel
Silent Auction (Last Chance!): Hfee.givesmart.com
Sandra Zarraga, Gala Chairperson and HFEE Trustees