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Montgomery Academy Foundation Holds Evening at Silver Vault Gallery

More pictures at The Alternative Press LLC By Edward Hopkins

The Alternative Press BERNARDS, NJ – The Montgomery Academy Foundation and The Bernards Inn hosted “An Evening at the Silver Vault Gallery” to benefit the children of Montgomery Academy in Basking Ridge. The event also honored J. Anthony Manger, Esq., former president of the academy’s board of trustees and a board member for over 15 years.

The benefit attracted more than 75 guests, including staff, parents, board members, foundation members, vendors and friends. Waiters served champagne and hor d’oeuvres, and Elaine Murray, a music teacher at the academy, played an electric piano. Buffet-style food, including carving and Fulton fish market stations, was served.

A series of speakers began with remarks by Thomas Costabile, president of the board of trustees. Ginny Breen, the mother of Elizabeth Breen, a former student, then spoke about her daughter’s positive experience at Montgomery Academy. Afterwards, Anthony Gebbia, the Academy’s Executive Director, thanked everyone for attending, especially the staff, whose teaching abilities were lauded by Gebbia, who also mentioned the challenges that the academy has overcome. He praised J. Anthony Manger for leading the effort through those tough times.

Thomas Costabile then presented Anthony Manger with an honorary award. Manger talked about his experience on the board and the pride he feels about what everyone has accomplished for the Academy and its students.

Costabile concluded the speaking by thanking attendees and giving flower bouquets to Nancy Seiricho and Anneliese Sepaniak, who, along with Gebbia, headed the benefit’s organizational effort.

The event ended with the drawing of a silent auction. The prizes – which included Yankees tickets, a sterling silver dragonfly brooch, a one-week vacation to Marco Island, Fla. and more – had all been donated by community members.

“More and more students are being identified as having special needs. It’s not a negative; it’s reality. And we’re very fortunate to have an institution that can equip these students to better succeed in society,” said Ross Miller, secretary of both the board and the Academy Foundation.

All funds from the benefit go directly to augmenting the students’ education. The Academy hopes that the benefit will raise $10,000, which go will towards technological advancements in the classroom, particularly iPads.

“So many people came out to the event. What that says to me is that doing something well for the children, and people want to recognize that,” Gebbia said. Because of the benefit’s success, the academy decided to make the benefit an annual event.

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